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Thursday, October 16, 2008


DC this week sent me a review copy of "Joker," a hardcover graphic novel written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo and Mick Gray. It's a dark and disturbing street-level story, with the Joker more reminiscent of Heath Ledger's Joker in "The Dark Knight" than some past portrayals in the comics - a little darker perhaps and less madcap. Some other villains have had a bit of a makeover, too, most notably Killer Croc. And Gotham City has never looked seedier.

Batman makes only a cameo, pretty much. This is the Joker's story - or actually, Jonny Frost's story. Frost is a low-level thug who becomes the Joker's right-hand man, a job that becomes more than he bargained for. We see the Joker through his eyes - although we also learn a lot about the Joker's power and unpredictability by seeing how other bad guys, like the Penguin, fear him.


Blogger Ray Sherman said...

These new Joker comics are truly frightening! Heath Ledger certainly did a transformation on this character. He turned the tide of feelings towards the Joker from many peoples favorite villain to EVERYBODY'S favorite villain!

9:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darker, Frightening, Gritty, they sound like many of my dates from my first year in college. :-) Oh well, I guess they will all get over being dark at some point and the pendulum will swing back toward the middle again. In the meantime, I can enjoy less dark comics like ... well ... everything else. ha!

Comic Guy2

3:56 PM


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