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Read Joker () comic online free and high quality. Writer: Brian Azzarello For some unknown reason The Joker has been released from Arkham Asylum. Read The Joker PDF - by Brian Azzarello DC Comics | An original hardcover graphic novel that tells the story of one very dark night in Gotham. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Building on Heath Ledgers performance in The The Joker - Kindle edition by BRIAN AZZARELLO, Lee Bermejo.
Rather than a natty Clown Prince of Crime, this Joker looks like a glam rocker gone to toxic seed. Brian Azzarello. If Alex Ross' style is hope, then Lee Bermejo's is rot. Jonny Frost gets to pick up the Joker when he gets let out of Arkham. The Return of Bruce Wayne Batman:
The Joker gets out of Arkham Asylum and goes around killing people? Quelle surprise. I guess it's 'edgy' if you don't get out much, but I really didn't see anything new here. Telling the tale from the viewpoint of the henchman-wannabe-bada I don't understand why so many panties are damp for this or for the latest Dark Knight movie for that matter, but that's another argument. Telling the tale from the viewpoint of the henchman-wannabe-badass was a good idea, but loses steam early on.
The man's got no depth and is therefore uninteresting. You want nutjob bad guys and over-the-top violence in your comic books? Read Garth Ennis.
He seems to stay awake nights trying to come up with ways to be disturbed. It gets old. Tell me a good story and give me some artwork that makes me say "Wow. Telling a story at night does not make it 'noir.
Apr 20, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: This is a book about the Joker, bet you didn't guess that from the title, right? It's the Joker or is it The Joker? Did I mention I'm at work? And that I'm so fucking bored? If I were the Joker I would have just killed the man who just bored me so much with his very uninteresting story of why he wants a test prep book.
It's time like This is a book about the Joker, bet you didn't guess that from the title, right? It's time like that I wish I were a sociopath who would go into some insane rage at having to deal with unbearable people.
Seriously, it feels like there is a vortex of boredom surrounding the information desk right now, like anything vaguely interesting, like this graphic novel, which wasn't really that interesting, would collapse into it self and just add to the vacuum of total fucking blahness that this man left in his wake.
I don't really remember much about this book. I read it almost two years ago and that is like ancient history to me as far as books go. Oh look at me, I leave a lowercase kay, because that is my initial and because i only type in lowercase, i'm karen! Even Karen isn't adding any excitement to this information desk, the vortex of boredom still looms, fuck that motherfucker. I hate that man, he ruined my evening with this boredom and he inspired this review, so hopefully I have spread the boredom.
To rid yourself of this boredom you might want to read this graphic novel, but it's not really all that good, so you might still be pretty bored when you're done with it.
Feb 15, Ronyell rated it really liked it Shelves: What is this story about? This story is being told from the viewpoint of one of Introduction: The Joker just realized that while he was gone, his fellow villains, the Penguin, Killer Croc, The Riddler and Two-Face had sold off his properties and the Joker is planning on getting them back!
Be prepared for one violent and nightmare ride as we see how scary the Joker can be when he is really angry! What I loved about this story: What was so intriguing about this story was the fact that Brian Azzarello really showed the dark side of the Joker as the Joker spends most of this story committing horrible crimes and torturing his fellow criminals and yet, gets away with everything until the very end of the story.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story: The reason why I gave this comic a four star rating is that there were many slow scenes in this comic as most of the scenes basically dealt with the Joker just discussing with the other rogues gallery about how he wants to split the profits with them. Final Thoughts: Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog View all 18 comments. This is a dark comic with a Heath Ledger look-alike Joker. And I dare say it's a comic about Jonny Frost since it's told from his point of view.
As I said it's a dark comic with a really scary Joker. And I have to say I prefer the classic Joker with the purple suit and his jokes. This one is just a madman without a funny bone in his entire body. Also, there's Harley Quinn. She's reduced to a stripper who doesn't have a single line in the entire comic. That doesn't work for me as Harley is the reason This is a dark comic with a Heath Ledger look-alike Joker.
That doesn't work for me as Harley is the reason the Joker started to grow on me in the first place. There's only one moment when Jonny spies through a bedroom door and sees Joker crying while holding Quinn. But she appears to be quite detached which I find so unlike her. Sep 22, Stephen rated it it was ok Shelves: Overall, I did not really care for this one. Other then a few decent moments of Joker acting the consummate psychopath specifically the random break in to the old couple's apartment which was a pretty shocking scene this book had very little to offer.
Not bad enough to warrant 1 star, but I certainly didn't like it enough to rate it any higher than 2. Feb 03, Batman rated it it was amazing. Not my favorite protagonist, but good insider information. Dec 13, Sesana rated it it was ok Shelves: Tough book. For some reason, Azzarello decided to interpret Joker through the lens of a gritty gangster movie. There are Bat villains that would fit into that prism nicely. Penguin, for example, or Two Face, both appearing.
Not exactly. Didn't buy it. Killer Croc?
The story itself would have worked, if it wasn't tied to the existing Batman villains. And starting your story with Joker getting released not escaped, actually released for not being crazy anymore from Arkham d Tough book. And starting your story with Joker getting released not escaped, actually released for not being crazy anymore from Arkham demands an explanation, which never comes.
Bermejo's art is quite good, and suits the overall tone and style of the story. Joker's design is pretty obviously based around Heath Ledger, which I have mixed feelings about. I found Riddler's design here more puzzling than anything else. Really, I think the whole book was an excuse to do an original book that would tie in with The Dark Knight while including as many villains as possible. And in most ways, it sadly fell flat.
Brian Azzarello's graphic novel tells a gang war story set in Gotham City and focuses on The Joker after some dumbass at Arkham Asylum granted him an early release and he just strolls out of there of his own accord.
The story is told through the eyes of a two-bit, low-level hood named Jonny Frost, who's the only one with the balls and ambition to pick up The Joker on his release and join him on a rampage through the Gotham City underworld to re-stake his claim.
The stand-out element in this scuzz Brian Azzarello's graphic novel tells a gang war story set in Gotham City and focuses on The Joker after some dumbass at Arkham Asylum granted him an early release and he just strolls out of there of his own accord.
The stand-out element in this scuzzy, grungy little crime book is a now infamous depiction of the Crown Prince of Crime, with the longer hair, the wrinkled, scarred face, and the ragged Glasgow Smile cut through his cheeks. Reportedly, early drafts of this depiction were used as reference for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and it's Heath Ledger version of the villain, which popularized the look. And within these pages, backed by Lee Bermejo's artwork, it's pretty freaky to look at.
And the story is pretty good too, as we see Joker bumping heads with other baddies for a change and it's interesting to see him through the eyes of criminals rather than the good guys this time.
And the tension really ramps up as Jonny begins to see just how unhinged and unpredictable and downright insane The Joker is, and how it's a huge mistake to believe that you can simply be "friends" with a man like that.
The Joker is possibly one of the greatest villain characters ever created in any medium, and this book does him justice.
May 10, Cassie R. I would round this up a bit to a 2. The artwork wasn't my favorite, the style is harsher than I prefer.
It wasn't bad though and the colors were great. The story left a bit to be desired. It didn't feel very complete and there certainly could have been more.
I would have liked there to be more information on each of the characters. I liked seeing Harley in this but was greatly disappointed by the fact that she didn't even get any lines, she just hung around in the backgroun I would round this up a bit to a 2. I liked seeing Harley in this but was greatly disappointed by the fact that she didn't even get any lines, she just hung around in the background. I liked seeing things from Johnny's point of view but we still only got to know some vague things about him as well.
The story just didn't feel very developed, I don't think this is part of a series but it might have been better if it was. Aug 19, Danni The Girl rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought this was a stand alone read, I found it confusing. Jonny Frost is a pointless character. What batman says at the end is good though. Apr 12, Etienne rated it it was amazing.
The plot of this comic is very average, but it's still a good comic. The Joker! It's a very good presentation of who is the Joker, how it think, the craziness but with that same logic in his action. It remind me a lot of the personification that Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight, not sure which came first, but seem to have gone out it If you are a Joker fan, this book is a must, at least for the cover, is it the most disgusting creepy comic cover ever?
I would have like a more solid plot line to go with it, but definitely worth my time! Jan 31, Chris rated it did not like it. I try not to write mean reviews, but Joker was like a mugger at a state trooper convention, and just deserves what it gets. Ugly, cruel, poorly written and self indulgent. This was not a Joker story; it was a Sin City riff dressed up in joker drag.
If you have no respect for a character and want to toss all of their "baggage" out the window, just make up your own character. It has pretty much been established after many decades, that the Batman defines and completes the Joker, so if you remove the I try not to write mean reviews, but Joker was like a mugger at a state trooper convention, and just deserves what it gets.
It has pretty much been established after many decades, that the Batman defines and completes the Joker, so if you remove the bat from the equation? You get this book. I know Brian says that the film "the Dark Knight" had no influence on this GN, so you have to wonder why this is the first time the Joker's face has ever been scared in comics.
Even if it wasn't based on the Dark Knight's Joker, at lest tell us how his face got mangled. Based on Brian's Batman and Superman work, one can only assume that Brian Azzarello effing hates superheroes and probably should just write his never ending crime comics.
There is a reason this book was shrink wrapped, because if a reader like myself could have read the first three pages, I would have quickly tossed it back on the shelf and shoved my face in a barf bag. As for his gritty, realistic approach, well if that's what he was going for, then he should have explained why a psychopathic serial killer, with a body count in the hundreds, maybe thousands, was released from an insane asylum.
It was like watching Hannibal Lector walk out the mental hospital gates with a new suit and cardboard suitcase and someone forgot to tell Clarice Starling. Hell, he didn't even have to do any time in a halfway house.
The art is fantastic BTW. For fans of shock as a means of storytelling, just go see the latest installment in the SAW horror franchise. He is called the Joker for a reason; he finds humor or irony in his crimes, he doesn't train serial killers. This book seriously lowers the bar on dreadful mainstream comics, while pretending to not be mainstream at all, even though it features the Batatman, Joker and someone who may be the Penguin, but for some reason is not named Oswald Cobblepot.
The best I can come up with is that this was an unused Bullets script, with not much search and replace used in MS Word. If you loved the Saw films, then this is the book for you. If you want to be entertained by a really good, sophisticated serial killer story, add Let the Right one in to your Netflix que.
Sic Semper tyrannis CPR View all 8 comments. Sep 27, Jedi JC Daquis rated it really liked it. That is The Killing Joke. This one is more grounded, a gritty crime story with a whiff of film noir told from the perspective of his trusted henchman, Jonny Frost. So there is no groundbreaking stuff that happened here, just a slice of life, the life of a deranged murderer.
While Joker is "screaming through tears", Frost inexplicably finds himself laughing, unable to stop. They find Batman in wait, and the Joker, being provoked by Batman's taunts, shoots Frost in the chin, leaving him with a Glasgow smile. The Joker and Batman fight as Frost climbs over the edge of the bridge and falls into the river. The graphic novel generally received positive reviews.
IGN stated "Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Joker is a deeply disturbing and completely unnerving work, a literary achievement that takes its place right alongside Alan Moore 's The Killing Joke as one of the few successful attempts to scratch beneath the surface of the Joker's impenetrable psyche.
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The version of her here looked different and like she could of been quite intriguing. That we could know the Joker? We are Jonny Frosts The Bat confronts and mocks, and it gets under the ghoulish skin of Joker I loved Heath Ledger's portrayal of Joker but it was exceedingly dark The Joker lives as our worst nightmare of a criminal One person found this helpful. I love this book because everything comes together so well. Brian Azzarello is a master storyteller, and he dialogue works on many levels with the action and the plot coming together.
Lee Bermejo is an excellent artist, and he makes the grimy streets of Gotham and the world of the Joker really come alive. Brian Azzarello wrote this book and I liked story as well as the art, it keeps you reading and want to see what is going to happen, now, on the other hand, this could be or not the book for you, and this is because the Joker is not so the Prince Clown of Crime, it is more dark Knight Joker Gangster.
So in my own opinion I can mention the following likes and dislikes: Forms, bodies and shapes are well detailed. The story is very disturbing though. The Joker in this book is not your father or grandfather's Joker. Be ready for possible triggers as far as the graphic violence and sensitive adult content. Very sad, but what a great role to be remembered for.
David Swan Top Contributor: The Joker is an exceedingly difficult character to write and success has been rarely achieved. In order to capture the essence of The Joker a writer needs to descend into the far reaches of dark humor. It reminds me of why writers invariably fail to capture evil geniuses, because you have to be a genius to create believable dialogue like a genius.
Another problem is that the comic Joker has developed such a cartoonish appearance with the elongated chin and purple pimp clothes that it's difficult to take him serious even when he's killing scores of people.
It's like Jason and Michael Meyers. No one is scared of them because they're just cartoons. The more divorced from reality the less scary. The movie The Dark Knight reinvented the Joker with a considerably toned down visual appearance and darker attitude. The Dark Knight had more than a few flaws, particularly in the scripting, but it positively nails The Joker who stole the show and helped the movie become the second highest grossing film of all time. Brian Azzarello's, Joker, is pulled from the movie with a grungy appearance, disgusting greasepaint, carved out grin and anarchist mentality.
There are no more squirting flowers or electrocuting joy buzzers. Azzarello's Joker is also legitimately terrifying, like a rabid dog with a genius IQ. What can you do to The Joker, maim him?
This one is already a mess. Could you threaten to kill him? The Joker is fully prepared to die. The story is told from the view of a low level henchman named Jonny Frost who travels with The Jokers following his release from prison. This is not the canonized world of DC comics it's more of an elsewhere story existing somewhere between the regular comic and the world of the Dark Knight. My understanding is that Two Face did not survive the movie but he does appear in this story so already it clearly isn't a direct sequel.
The other Batman villains including Killer Croc, The Penguin and The Riddler are written and drawn to be much more realistic in line with what you might expect in the movies. The Batman only makes an appearance in the last few pages and the encounter is perfect. It is clear throughout the book that The Joker rules the criminal roost even among the rogues gallery. He is smarter and more ruthless than anyone else but here in the last few moments The Joker finally meets his match and The Batman drops a line so perfect I wouldn't dare to reveal it here.
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