Joker

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An original hardcover graphic novel that tells the story of one very dark night in Gotham City—from the creative team behind the graphic novel LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL.

The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he's none to happy about what's happened to his Gotham City rackets while he's been "away." What follows is a harrowing night of revenge, murder and manic crime as only The Joker can deliver it, as he brutally ...

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Overview

An original hardcover graphic novel that tells the story of one very dark night in Gotham City—from the creative team behind the graphic novel LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL.

The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he's none to happy about what's happened to his Gotham City rackets while he's been "away." What follows is a harrowing night of revenge, murder and manic crime as only The Joker can deliver it, as he brutally takes back his stolen assets from The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, Killer Croc and others.

Brian Azzarello brings to THE JOKER all the visceral intensity and criminal insight that has made his Vertigo graphic novel series 100 BULLETS one of the most critically-acclaimed and award-winning series in all of comics.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Disturbing, violent, oddly psychological and insanely wonderful.” – USA WEEKEND

“If you liked “The Dark Knight,” Joker is a must-have for your bookshelf." – MTV.com

“Terrific and disturbing.” – THE VILLAGE VOICE

“One of the best written and illustrated comics to come out of a major publishing house this year.” – THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

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Building on Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight(although long before the movie's debut), Azzarello creates a memorably cringe-worthy story. Rather than a natty Clown Prince of Crime, this Joker looks like a glam rocker gone to toxic seed. Newly released from Arkham Asylum, he begins disorganizing the criminal establishment of Gotham City. Although he claims to want power and money when he confronts Two Face and his peers, he really seems just to enjoy playing with people-shooting them, setting them on fire or skinning them alive. Accompanying him is Jonny Frost, a young thug who takes a long time to recognize the drawbacks of seeing a vicious sociopath as a role model. Like Jonny, however, readers may find that, horrifying as the Joker is, they can't take their eyes off him. Even Batman, when he inevitably enters the action, functions largely as the Joker's partner in a dance of death. Azzarello has learned how to create a menacing, morally ambivalent atmosphere in his years of scripting 100 Bullets, and Bermejo's jagged, shadow-saturated art sustains the mood. The result is fascinating but extremely dark. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401215811
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 43,516
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Brian, what can you tell us about JOKER?

It s dark, it’s disturbing… inky, oily, unapologetic noir. It’s the story of a crime boss-- in this case Joker-- reclaiming the city he lost when he got locked up.

How did you approach writing Joker?

I dove right in the deep end with him. I found he was a character that couldn’t be half-assed. His story grabbed me by the throat while I was writing it, and dragged me to some very bad places-- much like what happens to Jonny Frost, the low-level thug who acts as the story’s narrator.

What aspects of his character did you choose to focus on, and why?

Strange at it seems, his struggle to control-- Gotham City for sure, and it’s criminal underworld, but also himself. Like… he’s insane, but he could be even “insaner”, and he knows it. I played with that notion.

The characters, situations and action are all rooted in a gritty reality, with very little superhero/comic book-y aspects. What made you gravitate toward a more street-level portrayal of Gotham and its residents?

It just feels right to me. I think Gotham City works best this way; a twisted reflection of our own urban realities. It really is a town without pity.

What is it about Lee Bermejo that makes him the ideal collaborator on this, after you guys teamed up on LUTHOR?

Lee definitely shares the same sensibilities that I have. There’s a lot of mutual respect too; we want each other to succeed.

What did he bring to the project that elevated it for you?

Lee’s artwork is stunning. He absolutely nails the mood of this story-- and Joker himself. I don’t think readers will see the character in the same way again after reading this book. His work redefines.

Why do the Joker and Batman fit in with these kind of stories so well?

Like Gotham City, they too are reflections of our own reality, I think. There’s nothing super or paranormal about them. They’re human, only “turned up to eleven”.

What do you hope readers get out of reading JOKER?

An experience-- I hesitate to say enjoyment. Lets say thrilled. I hope they are thrilled. I hope they find that while the criminals of Gotham are scared of Batman, they’re absolutely terrified of Joker.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    Dark Knight Joker Fans Rejoice.

    This book was gritty, dark, and gruesome.
    I enjoyed it, but I felt that it betrayed the original Joker. Though I loved the new direction this book took, I think it was more enjoyable for fans of The Dark Knight and Ledger's Joker.
    The story itself is rather bland and predictable, but the characters are superb. You feel the raw emotions due to life-like illustrations. Just reading it to better understand the characters is worth it. But, if you were hoping for a little Joker and Harley romance, you won't find it. There is one tender moment, but even that is portrayed sleazily.
    The writing was average, except for a few metaphors that got me thinking. There was also some confusing wording (for me personally) and I found I needed a dictionary at some parts.
    The book wasn't long and only took me about two hours to read through. A great book for a quick read with a lasting impression.
    This book wasn't wow, amazing, but it's worth a read. For Batman/Joker fans it's a must and the new Joker is someone whose really interesting. Before reading be prepared to think and make connections between the artwork and dialog.
    My final note: If you liked The Dark Knight, read it.
    If you are a die-hard retro Joker fan, you might be disappointed, but this new Joker is interesting and thought-provoking. So, give it a shot.
    Oh! Also, there are some suggestive parts to this book. There are a few sexual scenes and lots of violence and blood. Not for those who may be squeamish. Hope you give it a chance. Best of luck and happy reading!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2008

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    This Joker is Messed Up

    This graphic novel does an excellent job of showing exactly how twisted the Joker is, cleverly done through the eyes of one of his new henchman. The story and writing are excellent. The artwork actually reminded me of Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight. There was a resemblance. Was it intentional? This graphic novel is not for children and may be offensive even to some adults due to skinning a man alive, an implied rape scene, drug use, strip club setting, and lots of blood.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

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    A Darker and Grittier version of the Joker

    This graphic novel shows a more violent image of the Joker and his insanity. The story is this: The Joker gets out of Arkham Asylum and a gangster named Jonny Frost quickly sets himself up as his driver, hoping that this will make people see him as somebody to be reckoned with. The entire story is seen through Jonny's eyes. Now that Joker is back in his town (Gotham) he's looking to collect the money that he left in the hands of those he thought were competent. He soon finds that they split the money amongst themselves, thinking the Joker wasn't going to return. A maniacal night of violent revenge and mayhem ensues as seen through the eyes of Jonny Frost. The art and story were great and made in a crime noir style. This graphic novel gave a rare insight into the mind of the Joker and further reiterated the violence he is capable of. I would recommend this to anyone who has wondered if the Joker could be any more sadistic than he is, or anyone who enjoyed the depiction of the Joker in Dark Knight (seeing as how that's what this Joker was based on.) Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo further proved themselves to be Masters of their Craft.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Terrible

    If you're looking for something like the Joker you know and love, then steer clear of this mess. The "edgy" designs for most of the characters are trashy and this book makes the Joker out to be a heartless rapist. There's not one thing twistedly funny about this Joker at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    If you're a fan of Heath Ledger's take on the Joker, you should

    If you're a fan of Heath Ledger's take on the Joker, you should read this. Just don't let your kids read it. It's a great story with amazing artwork, told from the point of view of one of Joker's henchmen. It's psychotic and graphic and a little disturbing. And pretty damn awesome. This is the Joker the way he should be. A sadistic sociopath with no regard for human life. This isn't a Batman story. He barely appears in it and he only has one line. But it's a really good line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Its hard to bother me

    Yet this actually f****** did the job. I'm pretty emotionally detached and as much as I love the characters of the Joker I /cannot/ buy this because it bothers me so much. Its a great read and is basically high octane nightmare fuel if you give it a gestation period.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    This is not anything close to the comic book Joker. This graphi

    This is not anything close to the comic book Joker. This graphic novel has some very detailed artwork but very graphic too. The Joker in this book is not "comical" like he usually is. In this version he's more like an insane thug crime boss. Drinking, drugs, adultery, murder...etc. The language is very rough too. I have to say this is probably what the Joker would be like if he was real but I've grown up reading and watching Batman and I couldn't keep this book after reading it. It was a let down from traditional Batman. If you like tradional Batman and Joker stay away from this. It's very R-rated stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Amazing

    I have always loved how crazy the Joker is and this story truly captures the range of the character. This is a dark and gritty read but it is amazing seeing Gotham thru the eyes of a lowly criminal working side by side with the Joker. Such an edge of your seat read. A must buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    One of the best comics i ever read

    It shows the true nature of the clown prince. Very well written and realistic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Joker 12345, posted on January 108th

    Awsome. Awsome like a boss.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    The joker is back.

    Great take on batmans greatest foe. Gritty and feels very real one of the best graphic novels ive read.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    It's the Joker's world!

    Brian Azzarello writing the Joker is a perfect combination. He has such a good handle on depraved characters that I would be scared to share an elevator with him. His story here, which seems to have a more Dark Knight movie version of the Joker and other villains while not told through the Joker's eyes dwells on his insanity. Its creepy, jarring, well-paced, and expertly drawn by Lee Bermejo. His art is even more of a match than Azzarello's plot. While the outcome isn't surprising and the different versions of some characters are great, this book is really good.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    The way the Joker is supposed to be seen

    This novel was one of the best I have ever read in my life! I could not put it down for one second. Just the fact that someone wrote a book about the Joker caught my eye, but this novel was sheer genius. This novel captures the psychotic and evil essence of the Joker and makes him so much more real. Definitely a best seller and a re-reader. It was dark, but extremely realistic. Awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Once Upon A Time In Gotham

    The city's most infamous criminal was released from Arkham Aslyum, beeing deemed cured. What leads on is a bloody, sadistic tale of his rise back to power. Featuring some of Batman's most infamous villains includig: Two Face, The Penguin, The Riddler and Killer Croc. This is a don't miss for hardcore Batman/Joker fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Entertaining and Interesting Artwork

    A fairly entertaining read, this story is told from the perspective of one of the joker's new henchmen. The story kept me reading and there were definitely some shocking events and interesting insights into the joker character. That said, I wasn't blown away. I think "the killing joke" and "whatever happened to the caped crusader?" are both significantly better batman comics. I do, however, think any batman collection would be lacking if it was missing this piece.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    one very little problem

    i found this book around the time the movie came out and just had to read it. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD. i found this book to be simply amazing. it really brought out the true insanity of the joker. it had all of my favorite villians too like two face, riddler, killer croc, and the penguin. my only problem was the joker didnt look like he was enjoying himself. especially when he skinned that mob boss. usually he would found that hillarious. but other than that great job brian and lee.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    " A Hitler in Gothum City"

    Could this be???????????? The joker is out "AGAIN!" How could this be? READ TO FIND OUT!

    THIS book was brilliant, extraordinary, and off the limit!

    THIS book was outstanding, and a real cliff- hanger!

    It was a tad bit diffulcult. I do not recommend this book for kids 10 and under too diffulcult, I am pretty old myself and I found it a tad bit hard and hard for someone who is in collage, might sound weird!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Great story!

    Yet another great piece of work from Azzarello. He never dissapoints. The use of the villains in the book was very fun. If you like the darker side of comics then this one is for you.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    A Fine Addition to the Batman Universe

    Unnerving and sadistic, this book offers a very intriguing view into the Joker's mind.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Sadistic

    The Prince of Knaves has done it again! I'm very glad that someone made a book about the Joker. He is ultimately the most bad a** villain ever created! This book really has his sadistic twisted sociopath mind down to a point and the drawings fit the story very well. Maybe not suitable for younger readers because of the graphics but they aren't too bad.

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