Joker (DC Black Label Edition)

Joker (DC Black Label Edition)


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The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he's none too happy about what's happened to his Gotham City rackets while he's been "away." Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo bring you arguably the most terrifying Joker tale ever written!

The scourge of Gotham City reaches new levels of complexity and intensity in these two uniquely crafted stories from the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Batman: Damned, Luthor).

He will stand over your body, with your blood on his hands, and I promise you he will laugh. Not because your life means nothing to him. But because death, for him, is the punch line.

The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he's none too 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 more.

Collects Joker and Absolute Joker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401291860
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 19,831
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of Jonny Double, Batman: Broken City, and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 Bullets, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. Azzarello’s other work for DC includes Hellblazer and Loveless with Marcelo Frusin; Dark Knight III: The Master Race with Frank Miller, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson; Superman: For Tomorrow with Jim Lee; Joker and Luthor with Lee Bermejo; Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and A Hard Place with Joe Kubert; Filthy Rich with Victor Santos; and most recently the all-new ongoing series Wonder Woman with Cliff Chiang.

Lee Bermejo began drawing comics in 1997 for WildStorm Studios in San Diego at age 19. He collaborated with acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello on the graphic novels Joker and Luthor, and worked with writer John Arcudi on the Superman feature in Wednesday Comics. He has also worked on Hellblazer with Mike Carey and Global Frequency with Warren Ellis. Bermejo has illustrated the covers to the line of Vertigo Crime graphic novels, beginning with Filthy Rich, written by Brian Azzarello, and Dark Entries, written by Ian Rankin. Bermejo has lived in Italy since 2003.

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Joker 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
ShelbyBoo More than 1 year ago
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!
Gunslinger More than 1 year ago
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.
Hiddenmastermind More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Junesong_Trigger More than 1 year ago
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.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An episode with the Joker, inexplicably released from Arkham, told through the eyes of the thug who is sent by his old gang to pick him up. Joker goes on a rampage to take back his part of Gotham, crossing paths with Penguin, Killer Croc, Riddler and Two-Face. This is as penetrating a look into Joker's psyche as I have seen, at once opening new doors of perception and leaving all as much a mystery as ever. The Joker here, both in appearance and character, is much like the one portrayed in the movie with Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight Returns". Batman does not appear until the final pages, and his appearance is both climax and anticlimax. A masterful story from Azzarello, a talent worth following.
Yakatizma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian Azzarello portrays the Joker as a drug abusing schizophrenic crime boss in this organized crime inspired stand-alone tale.The over-arching plot is fairly mundane. Freshly released from Arkham Asylum the Joker sets out to reestablish his alpha criminal status amongst the rogues gallery of Gotham City. What makes this story truly compelling is that it is largely told through the character of Johnny Frost, a hired lackey and small time criminal that acts as the Joker's chauffeur. Additionally, Azzarello and Bermejo's reinterpretation of classic Gotham villains such as Killer Croc, Two-Face, the Penguin, and the Riddler compliment the gritty crime-noir tone of the story. The villains unique pathologies are preserved and even more disturbing in Azzarellos more mundane depiction of Gotham City. Gone are the brightly colored outlandish outfits and comical gags and gadgets. What you get in this story are characters depicted as regular people with serious mental disorders that place them in the ranks of the criminally insane.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A one shot graphic novel after the Joker is proclaimed sane and let out of Arkam Asylum. Jonny Frost is sent to pick him up and quickly gets drawn into his world which clearly is not sane! Since his stink in Arkam the city has been split between the various mobsters and crime bosses and the Joker has nothing. He has returned to claim what is his and he isn¿t of the mind to ask nicely.A whole host of villains turn up in the story including Harlequin, Penguin, Riddler and Two Face/Harvey Dent. Batman is always in the background and only appears at the very end. The Joker makes comment though that he is always watching from the shadows. He leaves behind him a wake of death and destruction and Jonny who narrates the tale gets sucked further and further in to the madness. Dark and very well drawn. Excellent story and I loved the twisted ending which I won¿t spoil here. A classic and you don¿t need to be a Batman fan or have read any of the other graphic novels to enjoy this. Although perhaps, enjoy is not the right word¿
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After being inexplicably released from Arkham, the Joker goes on a rampage to reclaim what he believes to be his - the money, the criminal network, and the entire city of Gotham. Along the way, a small-time criminal named Jonny becomes one of Joker's henchmen, which he realizes isn't something he should have aspired to in the first place.The Joker here is dark and insane. There is plenty of murder, theft, and rape - too much for my taste, to be honest. Azzarello does a fairly good job of getting into the Joker's psyche, showing different facets of his personality. The art is the real seller for this book, in my opinion; it fits the story perfectly. I'd almost call it beautiful if it wasn't for the fact that it's depicting so much horror.
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It shows the true nature of the clown prince. Very well written and realistic
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Great take on batmans greatest foe. Gritty and feels very real one of the best graphic novels ive read.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
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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