Joker by Brian Azzarello


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...

Details Joker

Release DateNov 4th, 2008
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Dc Comics, Batman, Superheroes, Comic Book

Reviews Joker

  • Anne
    Plotwise, I thought this was kind of overrated. It's ok.Not amazing. Not mind-blowing. Not OHMYGODTHATCHANGEDTHEGAME.It's ok.The gist is that Joker gets released from prison because he's 'not crazy' anymore.
  • Jeff
    Seriously. Being The Joker is no laughing matter.The Joker left the campy, groovy ‘60’s in the dust some time ago. Maybe rearranging Robin’s (Jason Todd) hairline with a tire iron was a turning point for him. Who knows? Let’s leave that debate for the comic book scholars. The family friendly cartoon version usually portrays him as 25% Insanity – 50% Madcap humor – 25% Menace.Brian Azarello plays with these percentages a bit, but doesn...
  • Sean Gibson
    We’ve all read (or seen) the story before: the savvy but borderline crazy street-level crimeboss goes about his day, protecting his turf, extorting money, consuming copious quantities of drugs and alcohol, skinning a guy in a strip club, and having some laughs. It’s equal parts scary and depressing, and maybe even a little bit thrilling.This time around, instead of being some slick-haired mobster type, our antihero is the Joker. Does that mak...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I thought this was a pretty good story. I didn't think the graphics were too great but there was something about the story I really liked. It seemed sort of laid back to me but still the Joker if that makes any sense. Jonny Frost gets to pick up the Joker when he gets let out of Arkham. Jonny hangs out with the Joker and takes him all around. He tells the story in his perspective. I mean that's not the whole story with Jonny telling it, he just t...
  • Sam Quixote
    In this one-off non-canon book, writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, both extraordinary artists, imagine a more realistic take on Joker partly in the style of Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight” film. The story is told through the eyes of Jonny Frost, a low-level thug sent to pick up a newly-released Joker from Arkham Asylum. Joker sets about reclaiming his criminal empire against Two-Face with the help of Killer Croc. Re-reading this 4 y...
  • Jan Philipzig
    Off the Damn Side of the City, Man!“The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture,” Alfred Hitchcock once observed, and that rule of thumb is arguably even more relevant for comic books than for movies. The Joker is usually described as the greatest comic-book villain of all time, yet he is often written as little more than a clownish, spectacularly absurd nut case who happens to be obsessed with keeping the Batman on his t...
  • Bryce Wilson
    Welcome to the most overhyped Graphic novel of the year. Boring, pointless, and containing nothing interesting to say about The Joker either as an Icon or a Character. Boring, both over and under plotted, and with art that crosses the line from simply ugly to fucking stupid (Gotta Love 2 Fast 2 Furious Riddler).Those hyping it as the next Killing Joke are kidding themselves.
  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    3.25Tras la liberación del Joker del asilo Arkham, este se ve en la necesidad de recuperar a toda costa aquello que le pertenece: su ciudad, Gotham. Visto desde los ojos de su nuevo esbirro, nos percatamos de una nueva visión del malvado villano, posiblemente, esa que sólo sus más fieles seguidores son capaces de ver.A lo largo de la entera extención de la novela nos encontramos con una historia más bien densa, sin ese toque característico...
  • Donovan
    Thank you, Brian Azzarello, for this Joker mini series. Batman only has two scenes, so this book is one for the villains, pure Joker. Azzarello creates a low level thug named Jonny Frost (read: Joe Chill?) who narrates and serves as Joker's right hand man. Let me tell you, Jonny sees some wild shit. So wild, at one point he stands on a rooftop edge for an entire afternoon he's so dumbfounded at what's happening. Yeah, it's pretty intense. What's ...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    English review at the bottomMuy bueno. El viaje del Joker a través de Gotham para recuperar su ciudad, pero con un sentido menos cómico (lo cual es un poco decepcionante, eso es partede su personalidad) acompañado con una increiblemente sexy y muda Harley. Además nos encontraremos con El Pingüino, Dos Caras y El Acertijo.La historia es interesante, pero nada fuera del otro mundo,utiliza muchos recursos que podemos encontrar en otras historia...
  • Lina
    Is it childish to say that the main reason I hated this book was because Harley Quinn didn't utter a single word of dialogue? I mean is just turned into this massive, overly sexualized thing...not even a person, she is treated as a thing. I am sick of it and this might be a projection because I hate how comics/video games have treated the character, but I just can't help be wonder...did people watch B:TAS? You know the show that invented the char...
  • Seizure Romero
    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). The art is good but not great. Artistically, the Joker here is obviously modeled after Heath Ledger's. The story is ok. 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 ta...
  • Ronyell
    Introduction: After reading the classic “Batman” tale, Batman: The Killing Joke I wanted to read more stories about one of Batman’s most infamous villains, the Joker! So, I went ahead and picked up Brian Azzarello’s take on the Joker “Joker” and while it has many slow scenes, it was a truly interesting take on the psychotic mind of the Joker in a more dark and gritty way that I would have never imagined possible! What is this story a...
  • Greg
    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?)from that movie that the guy who did Memento and which stared Patrick Bateman and that gay cowboy who overdosed on pills down a few blocks from here in Manhattan. 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...
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    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...
  • Stephen
    2.0 stars. 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.
  • Richard
    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-s...
  • Sesana
    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. Joker? Not exactly. Riddler? Didn't buy it. Killer Croc? Um... 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 r...
  • Chris
    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 def...
  • Wendy
    One of my major reasons for wanting to read Brian Azzarello’s Joker is that I’m a fan of Harley Quinn. A friend described the portrayal of the usually bouncy and obnoxious character and I was immediately intrigued. She doesn’t appear often, and when she does, she is utterly silent and not at all bouncy, but every appearance is powerful and solidifies her place at Joker’s side. Not as his crazy, obsessed girlfriend who tolerates his abuse ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    My first experience with Batman was through the 1966 series as I was growing up in the 80s. I remember watching it and finding it hilarious.Holy atomic pile, Batman! Then as I got older I watched Batman with Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney (Keaton was my nr 1 Batman and still is) and Jack Nicholson was a mad and fun Joker. Then came  Christian Bale and with him Hedge Ledger as the Joker and his Joker was a mess, a great mess but ve...
  • Cassie R. (cassie-loves-reading)
    I would round this up a bit to a 2.5 if Goodreads let me. 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 ge...
  • Steve
    I liked this one, especially the artwork. The Joker is unexpectedly released from Arkham Asylum, and sets off on a killing spree to reclaim what has been lost to other villains like Penguin, Riddler, and Two-face. While on the surface, it seems that Joker is simply a serial killer in this story, it's the interaction and dialogue he has with Jonny Frost that drives the story and reveals the depth of Joker's insanity.
  • Petertpc
    Please pardon the pun, but this book is a joke and a bad joke at that. Heath Ledger did something truly remarkable in his defining portrayal of the Crown Prince of Crime and this book is a tired knockoff trying to cash in on the performance. I found nothing to like about this. Well, the art was okay but that is really it. A huge disappointment.
  • Javier Muñoz
    El Joker es liberado del manicomio Arkham y le toca a Jonny Frost ir a recogerle... tras su cautiverio el Joker descubre que las cosas no han seguido el curso que querría, no se ha mantenido su organización criminal de una ciudad que considera suya y quiere que las cosas vuelvan a ser como antes, así que conducido por Jonny comienza un periplo para recuperar las riendas del crimen de Gotham. En principio el argumento no es muy original, pero l...
  • Rain Misoa
    Ah, comics~ We meet again~ >:3 I cannot stay away from comics. I love them. They have always entertained me and they always will. That being said, I was rather excited to read this comics because it has literally been YEARS since I last read a "Batman" comic. Especially one centered around The Joker. Naturally, I was quite excited for this. Unfortunately, this comic did not meet my expectations. It was slow, uninteresting, and, above all else, ju...
  • Jedi JC Daquis
    Joker by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo is not a study of the Clown Prince of Crime. 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.The overall mood of Joker, if summarized into four adjectives is gritty, harsh, dark and...
  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    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 suppose...
  • J
    This is a really well done Joker comic. It's short and a stand-alone (as far as I know), which makes it easy to read in one sitting. The artwork is great. It's super gritty and perfect for the story that Azzarello wrote. By narrating from the perspective of Jonny Frost, the Joker maintained (maybe surpassed) his previous levels of creepiness and insanity. I feel like I need to read this one again because there's something I missed about Joker in ...
  • Steven Stennett
    The Joker is not the funny haa haa from the TV show but the funny haa haa from Bedlam the Asylum. He is a crime boss, who scares the Be-Jesus out of his minions. If your looking for the man bat to appear anytime soon, kind of forget it because in this story he is a bit part player to the main act. The Joker is no joke, as he attempts to re-establish himself, and take back what is his. The comic book character is stripped away and what you get is ...