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Batman: Dark Joker the Wild (Elseworlds) Paperback – 15 Sep 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (15 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852865806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852865801
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 0.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x990d0228) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99077edc) out of 5 stars A Twisted Fantasy Story Well Worth The Read 25 Dec. 2005
By One of many - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Simply put, Elseworlds graphic novels take familiar comic book characters and place them in altered realities. Here, we have Batman and his diabolical enemy, The Joker, in "The Wild". The Wild is a place of sorcery and mystical legends. The "Dark Joker" is a maniacal wizard set out to obtain an ancient power and reign in all of his madness over the people. The "Bat-man" is a winged creature-like humanoid that, through his bloodline, is destined to protect The Wild from the Joker and his evil army of barbaric followers. And though the line between good and evil can at times be blurred, these foes are determined to do what they've come to accomplish.

Elseworlds comics are obviously a lot of fun, as pretty much every rule is thrown out the window and the only limit is the writer's and artist's imagination. While I don't believe Batman: Dark Joker - The Wild is even as good as most normal Batman vs Joker stories set in the classic Gotham City, I do believe that it stands well on its own as quite an interesting piece of work. It takes everything we love about the two characters and warps it into a gruesome yet often times poetic story. Through both the writing and the artwork, there seems to be an underlying beauty beneath the brutality. It's not extremely hard to follow, but the graphic violence and dark themes are certainly unsuitable for children. And that's one thing that really drives it home. No mercy. This is a pure, to-the-core battle between two iconic characters in a world full of a strange yet engaging atmosphere. All in all, it's definitely worth a purchase for any true fan of Batman and/or the Joker.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99077f30) out of 5 stars Great little book! 2 Mar. 2005
By movieninja - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Da Boyz first outting, as Mr. Jones was doing covers for Knightfall, etc., and in between Red Rain and its sequel. Beatty adds dimension to Jones' pencils, much like Bob Layton did with MD Bright, Bob Wiacek did with Kev Hopgood and Terry Austin with John Byrne.

It was a little tough to believe the Dark Joker didn't try opening the cask with the methods he uses AFTER the 20 years past when he first got it, but it's a minor beef.

And the writing...Doug Moench was and is one of the greatest writers out there, very imaginative and just...great. I can't think of any other adjectives!

Pick it up!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x993c4fd8) out of 5 stars Dark Joker: The Wild never ceases to entertain. 6 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dark Joker: The Wild features the unstoppable team of Doug Moench, Kelley Jones, and John Beatty. Da Boyz weave a tale of an Elseworlds reality in which the Joker is a powerful sorcerer,the Bat-Man is a demonic brute, and the two are on an inevitable collision course with each other. We also get to see a midieval Jim Gordon as the mayor of a small village terrorized by the Dark Joker. I recommend this graphic novel; it entertains you all the way. To my knowledge, this is also the first project on which Moench, Jones, and Beatty worked together on. That's another reason to pick it up.
HASH(0x99078a74) out of 5 stars Entertaining 14 July 2014
By The Cool Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I liked this graphic novel quite a bit. However, as far as a depiction of Batman and Joker goes, it's about as far from the source material as you can get. Welcome to Elseworlds. If you're okay with that, then you may enjoy this story. But if you prefer your Batman to NOT be a magic beast-child created by sorcerer parents who guards an enchanted forest, then you'd better stop reading.

I thought the Joker was well done here. He's an evil wizard called "Dark Joker". He wasn't too far off from the Joker we all know and love. Maniacal and evil, as always.

The biggest change was Batman. It's a huge change, about as different from *Standard* Batman as you can get. But I was okay with it.

The story is pretty well done. I really liked the artwork, which pulls you in nicely to this fantasy world called "The Wild". I have no complaints about the story or art. The title itself is very different. "Dark Joker - The Wild". It has a nice sound to it. I like it.

I wish they would make a sequel to this story. I think there is definitely room for more Batman stories in the world of The Wild. It probably won't happen though. As far as Elseworlds goes, this story is probably as offbeat as you can get. The audience fo this kind of specialty stuff has to be fairly small, I would think.

Side note: The version I bought was hardbound, with a slip cover. The book is well put together. Good quality.

This story is odd but still very enjoyable. Recommended.
HASH(0x9931a474) out of 5 stars Just buy it 21 Feb. 2016
By justin maley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Soo glad i bought this. Well written and nicely illustrated. Good buy for someone who wants a complete story. Was a little dark but it really just made you root for batman more!
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