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Joker OGN

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Lee Bermejo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 8, 2008 Cover Price: $19.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 26
8.9Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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 of all time. This original graphic novel tells the story of one very dark night in Gotham City. 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, Kil more

  • 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
    Dark Knight News - Tyler Harris Oct 10, 2019

    Regardless, what I think is best " and I know this is probably rich coming from someone who is writing a review " ignore the reviews you've seen and make an assessment for yourself. This is truly a masterpiece of cinema, and I think it will become one of the most important films of the century. I know how overblown that sounds, but even if you think the film itself isn't that good, the ripple effect this will have on the industry makes this worthy of your time and attention. See this film and let us know what you thought! Opening a dialogue lets us enjoy this film for longer than the 122 minutes it took us to watch it, and its in these discussions that its legacy will be cemented. 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.

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  • 10
    rayonymous Aug 30, 2019

    I picked 'Joker, DC Black Label Edition' after reading Azzarello's Batman: Damned because people said there's a little connection to it. So I started reading it expecting the usual, from at least what I know about Joker and what he does, but this book proved to be entirely different, it's a masterpiece to say the least. Anyone who is slightly interested in getting to know the real Joker, to peep into the mind of a psychotic killer, should read this book. I saw a comment here in CBRU that said "Joker shouldn't be praised for what he does - and - Thank God for Batman", I stand by it. This comic is thought-provoking, cautionary, disturbing, psychological, insane and violent. This could give nightmares for the soft-hearted.

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  • 10
    Ryan Dec 31, 2019

    An absolute masterpiece. Dark and gritty, I’m sure this will resonate with me for a long long time. There are so many memorable and quotable moments. In my opinion, this may just be better than the Killing Joke. Incredible art be Bermejo as well

  • 10
    JS3620 May 3, 2021

    My favorite comic book of all time is the Batman: The Killing Joke. To me it’s the story that truly explores The Joker on a philosophical level as he tries to prove that he’s not different from any normal. He tries to prove that anyone can go insane, after “one bad day.” That being said, this interaction of the Joker created by Brian Azzarello was something else. This explores the Joker on a psychological level. What we get is a story that depicts Joker as that cancer he is in a way never really touched upon in previous stories in the Batman Lore. The Joker is absolutely not someone to be taken lightly. To me, he’s the Cletus Cassidy/Carnage of the DC Universe (even though he came before Carnage, but whatever). He is Gotham’s di more

  • 9.0
    Micky H Jan 9, 2020

    Stunning, very enjoyable.

  • 8.5
    Silver Rocket Jul 24, 2020

    DC Black Label Edition

  • 7.0
    packtsardines Feb 17, 2020

    Very good, although it feels somewhat under-developed and the art style can be very inconsistent

  • 2.5
    Bat-ears99 Aug 26, 2020

    I hate how Azzarello turned the Joker into a self-pitying rapist in this book. Jonny was a decent character though.

  • 10
    CLMF Jul 4, 2016

  • 9.5
    warlock616 May 21, 2017

  • 9.5
    Monné Oct 19, 2017

  • 9.5
    arrogantdesperado Aug 22, 2018

  • 9.0
    MrCervero Feb 22, 2015

  • 9.0
    Treneras Mar 25, 2015

  • 9.0
    RandomOtaku Apr 18, 2016

  • 9.0
    Kiper602 Apr 7, 2018

  • 9.0
    klim Feb 17, 2019

  • 9.0
    Julhin Feb 17, 2021

  • 8.5
    JuliusMc Feb 16, 2017

  • 8.5
    Adrián Morgades Apr 24, 2020

  • 8.0
    letskillrobots Oct 17, 2018

  • 7.0
    pchelbisson Nov 11, 2020

  • 7.0
    Quirky Genin Jul 13, 2021

  • 6.5
    Críticas Crónicas Sep 29, 2019

  • 6.5
    Gothic Pablo Sep 15, 2021

  • 5.0
    Martin Sep 2, 2018

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