Joker #1

Joker #1

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Lee Bermejo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 8, 2008 Cover Price: $19.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 7
8.9Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

  • 9.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 15, 2008

    Buy this book. Read it twice in a row. Then put it on your bookshelf right next to The Killing Joke, Grant Morrison's prose issue and your bootleg DVD of The Dark Knight, and try to sleep well tonight. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Nov 8, 2008

    Two lines on the Jokers face aside, Bemejos interpretation is still powerful. The inking duties have been split between himself and Mick Gray, whose vastly different styles perform wonders in the story. Bermejo limits the pages he does to those with a great impact; the first full-page, full shot of the Joker, a lot of his welcoming party at a strip club, and a lot of the final pages of the novel, most notably an extreme close-up shot of the Batmans face to juxtapose the cover. These pages carry an extra weight to them and can be seen as visible markers of the narration of the story. But Mick Grays inking allows for a rougher feel to the bulk of the story. His inking allows for things the polished look of Bermejos couldnt, like the heavy shading associated with Two-Face or the extreme blood involved in ssome of the Jokers more extreme bouts of violence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 7, 2013

    A very interesting, and entertaining book. Azzarello, and Bermejo have done a brilliant job of giving us something that's not only enjoyable, but unique. The story is dark, but also emotional, and above all else, a very good read. I would highly recommend this book as it's very enjoyable, and well worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Addiction - Andrew Griffiths Oct 29, 2008

    Which brings us back to the word; dark. Joker is dark for one key reason you will want to read it with the lights on, just in case its not you thats having the last laugh... Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Nov 1, 2008

    As a spiritual sequel to this summer's movie, or as, perhaps, a deranged counter-argument, "Joker" works quite well. It's a beautifully ugly graphic novel, suitably so. But it's certainly not perfect, although I'm sure the Joker wouldn't have it any other way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fixer1140 Oct 15, 2013

    I read reviews that this was a dark graphic novel. That was an understatement. I walked into the story being a fan of the Joker, just like the protagonist, being drawn to his care-free and creepy personality. However, by the end I was absolutely abhorred by the Joker. Because of this graphic novel, I no longer see him as this somewhat appealing character, but as a psychotic, evil man who deserves no one's praise. This book made me see the true nature of the Joker, and makes me appreciate Batman that much more. Thank God for the Batman. The writing was very good, but my goodness, the artwork. So detailed and shadowy, it set a serious atmosphere that made the Joker's outbursts of laughter that much more off putting. I would argue this piece will go down right next to "The Killing Joke." So if you have any interest in the Batman universe, or have a misguided fascination with the Joker, this is a must read.

  • 10
    CLMF Jul 4, 2016

  • 9.5
    warlock616 May 21, 2017

  • 9.0
    MrCervero Feb 22, 2015

  • 9.0
    Treneras Mar 25, 2015

  • 9.0
    RandomOtaku Apr 18, 2016

  • 8.5
    JuliusMc Feb 16, 2017

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