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