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The Joker | Hardback

Released on 19 December 2008

Author: Brian Azzarello | Format: Hardback

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For nearly fifty years, he's terrorised Gotham and the world, crippled Batgirl and killed the second Robin. He is Batman's greatest nemesis. His name is the Joker!Now, get behind the mask of the Clown Prince of Crime in this original graphic novel! Taking the viewpoint of a member of the Joker's gang, the curtains hiding Gotham City's underworld are pulled back to show the criminals' reactions to the new avenger hunting them...and their plans to destroy him.Written by critically acclaimed 100 Bullets author Brian Azzarello (also co-writer of the "Batman: Gotham Knight" animated movie), with art by Lee Bermejo ("Batman/Deathblow"), this book provides essential background to "The Dark Knight"!

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| | See all clarkejr's reviews (1)

I don't think anyone has ever seen this portrayal of the Joker. Ever. Brian Azzarello brings out a side of the Joker that we all new was there, but no other writer dare bring it out. This side of the Joker is pill popping, drug addicted and very, very violent (he was violent anyway, but this is a new level). Not only is the Joker is portrayed differently, but other villains are brought into a frightening new light as well, such as Killer Croc, the Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. This is an immense credit to graphic novels, Azzarello is a comic genius, and Lee Bermejo's art really brings out the Clown Prince Of Crime's darkest side ever.

 A great read. Amazing.

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Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo bring us a more realistic and hard hitting take on Batman's greatest enemy. In this take, the Joker is no supervillain aiming to play with Batman. In fact, the Batman has nearly nothing to do with this story.

The Joker doesn't have a permanent, crazy smile. He is a realistic permanent "smile" which is a Glasgow smile. Heath Ledger has a very similar look in his portrayal in "The Dark Knight" as the artwork was drawn before the filming of the film. There is no nice person in this story. It's all about Gotham City's criminal underworld.

The story is not confusing or muddling. In fact it is reasonably simple. But it is the dialog, actions and especially Lee's artwork that propel this to a masterpiece in this medium. This is an adult comic. It is a dark, disturbing and very violent crime thriller that you will love.

It contains strong bloody violence, sex references and some drug use.

 Another one to add to the list of great novels.

| | See all AstralDescent's reviews (55)

At 128 pages "Joker" is neither too long or too short. And the story is quite simple really.

The joker is released from arkham, no one is sure why, and Jonny Frost, a nobody who wants to be somebody , offers to pick the joker up.

There are numerous villains and characters making an appearance, all in a unique style to fit in with the book.

Jonny realises after a while that he is in deeper than he thought, and the Joker is far worse than he imagined.

Now onto the joker, I don't really think he looks like heath ledger, but there are similarities. The joker isn't insane, he knows what he is doing, and he likes it. This joker takes drugs, holds up shops, kills for no justifiable reason. Heath ledgers great portrayal as the Joker isnt as sick and evil as this one. Which is understandable, the film had a 12 rating , younger people are batman fans too.

This is an adult book , with adult themes, and doesn't hold back on the violence.

I have to mention the artwork. Its among the best I've seen. Every picture is rich with detail, some are even like(or maybe are) paintings.

Well worth buying, I will certainly be reading it again.

 "Let's put a smile on that FACE!!!!"

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The Joker has always been one of the greatest comic villains, if not the greatest villain of all time, yet many fans will find it hard to nail exactly why the character is so fondly loved. He is, after all, a one dimensional murdering psychopath that kills for amusement, and cares for nothing and no one, not even himself. Or is the Joker a much more complex character?

The fact that Batman hardly features in this comic speaks volumes about what Azzarello has truly focused on, the Joker and wanna be henchman "Jonny Jonny Frost".
Having been released from Arkham Asylum, Jonny is the only hood brave enough to pick Joker up. After realising that all his financial assets have been used or stolen since his imprisonment, Joker goes out on a rampage to reclaim his territory and fearful name. And he does, with his usual insane brutality and unpredictable behaviour.

What makes this comic different, is the attempt to show some understanding behind the Joker's motivations from Jonny's point of view. What starts as understanding and respect towards the demented Joker, soon turns awry when Jonny finally realises that the Joker can never be truly trusted or understood. But has he realised this all too late?!

The artwork is actually very good, and visually, the Joker has never looked so cool. The tried and tested look of the character has been altered, to the more thrift store grungy look that Heath Ledger has in the Dark Knight, and the Joker's grotesque grin replaced with the Chelsea smile of Ledger's Joker. Indeed, there are quite a few similarites between this Joker and Ledger's, but Azzarello's Joker is more of a hideous extension.
This Joker is a pill popping, alcohol swigging, stripper loving loon, and it's actually very refreshing to see. If you love the Joker, and who doesn't, this comic will give you more of a disturbing insight into Batman's ultimate nemesis!

 What a book!

| | See all JamesStandard's reviews (4)

this is a great book showing the side of one of the most notable Super Villains in comic book history. The story is simple and easy to follow and letting you see what Joker is like. The art is not sacrificed either possibly the best art ive seen in a graphic novel.
recomended to add to anyones collection.

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AuthorBrian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo
PublisherTitan Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
FormatHardback - 128 Pages
Illustrationscolour comic strip