Review: Joker by Brian Azzarello

JokerSource: Borrowed from friend
Publisher: DC
Edition: Paperback, 128 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy Retelling
Purchase:Amazon /Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
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Rating: 2/5

An original hardcover graphic novel that tells the story of one very dark night in Gotham City–from the creative team behind the graphic novel LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL.

The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he’s none to 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 others.

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 in all of comics.

So I’ve heard a lot about this one, mostly good…and I’m at the point where I don’t really understand the hype.

This is pretty obviously modeled after the Heath Ledger version of Joker, which I personally adore because he’s kind of a different breed than the normal Joker (whom I also love). This however fell a bit flat for me, though there were a few moments where I enjoyed the interaction but it was few and far in-between.

This is supposed to be an edgy and ‘realistic’ version much like the movies, but I think they tried to incorporate too much for it to truly be pulled off properly. I didn’t like Killer Croc and Harley was quiet the whole time…seriously not a single word from her. Riddler makes a brief appearance which made me laugh a bit but was kind of forget ton directly after. The few jokes that Joker actually said fell flat and even there was a lack of the ‘brutal’ jokes that Heath’s Joker presented…so it didn’t really feel Joker-ish at all too me. It’s told from the henchman’s point of view which was rather interesting, but the character as a whole was pretty one note. I did like having someone else describe the Joker and his antics though.

Overall I found this one to be a bit boring and I firmly believe that the Joker should never be considered boring. It’s a bit shrug worthy to me but it does have it’s moments…but it didn’t feel like the ‘mandatory’ reading everyone promised.

2 stars

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7 Responses to Review: Joker by Brian Azzarello

  1. honestly, that cover is the most scary cover I have seen in a longggggggg time.

  2. Jeez, that is one creepy cover. Wish it had been better for you. Thanks for sharing it.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. Darn and I too loved Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. Was hoping this would deliver.

  4. Okay, I don’t usually read graphic novels, and I know this fell flat for you… but, I totally want a copy of that cover art. I love it!

  5. emaginette says:

    The cover grossed me out. I wouldn’t have picked this up off the shelf. ::shiver::

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