Joker (dc Black Label Edition) By Brian Azzarello
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." Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo bring you arguably the most terrifying Joker tale ever written!
The scourge of Gotham City reaches new levels of complexity and intensity in these two uniquely crafted stories from the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Batman: Damned, Luthor).
He will stand over your body, with your blood on his hands, and I promise you he will laugh. Not because your life means nothing to him. But because death, for him, is the punch line.
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, Killer Croc and more.
Collects Joker and Absolute Joker.
Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of Jonny Double, Batman: Broken City, and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 Bullets, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. Azzarello’s other work for DC includes Hellblazer and Loveless with Marcelo Frusin; Dark Knight III: The Master Race with Frank Miller, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson; Superman: For Tomorrow with Jim Lee; Joker and Luthor with Lee Bermejo; Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and A Hard Place with Joe Kubert; Filthy Rich with Victor Santos; and most recently the all-new ongoing series Wonder Woman with Cliff Chiang.Lee Bermejo began drawing comics in 1997 for WildStorm Studios in San Diego at age 19. He collaborated with acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello on the graphic novels Joker and Luthor, and worked with writer John Arcudi on the Superman feature in Wednesday Comics. He has also worked on Hellblazer with Mike Carey and Global Frequency with Warren Ellis. Bermejo has illustrated the covers to the line of Vertigo Crime graphic novels, beginning with Filthy Rich, written by Brian Azzarello, and Dark Entries, written by Ian Rankin. Bermejo has lived in Italy since 2003.
From the Author
Joker tells the story of one very dark night in Gotham City--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 and Lee Bermejo--the superstar, critically acclaimed creative team behind Batman: Damned and Luthor--unite to tell a haunting, crime noir story about the Clown Prince of Crime. Joker''s 10th Anniversary is celebrated with this brand new, DC Black Label edition.
DC Black Label, a new publishing imprint from DC Entertainment, gives premier talent the opportunity to expand upon the canon of DC''s iconic Super Hero comic book characters with unique, standalone stories that are outside of the current DC Universe continuity. Featuring an all-star lineup of creative teams that will craft their own personal definitive DC stories in the tradition of compelling literary works like Batman: The Killing Joke, All-Star Superman and Kingdom Come.
"Disturbing, violent, oddly psychological and insanely wonderful." —USA Weekend
"The story has it all: flawed protagonists, dirty cops, conspiracy, guns and that big mistake that makes it all go wrong." —Chicago Tribune
"A meditation on money, power and morality ... for our money, the best current ongoing series." —Playboy
"If you liked The Dark Knight, Joker is a must-have for your bookshelf." —MTV.com
"A deeply disturbing and completely unnerving work, a literary achievement that takes its place right alongside Alan Moore''s The Killing Joke." —IGN
The comic is unusual as it explores the relationship between the Joker and the OTHER Batman villains, building up his uniqueness as the Clown Prince of Gotham while also being 'loyal' to the truthfulness of the other characters. If you read and re-read the work you begin to notice just how smart it is in the way the art and dialog combine to direct the flow of the story. This comic is epic, the art is superb and the world it describes is 'complete' - and it'll stick with you long after you finish reading it.
This is not the first time this dynamic duo has come together, and every time they do it’s an amazing collaboration. This is one of those comics you can read several times over and will notice something new every time, with it’s incredible yet subtle attention to details. The dialogue and images come together to create a compelling meditation on crime’s appeal to our culture, and however the end the payoff is rarely what we envisioned it to be.
Bermejo's art is a star in its own right. I could just look at a book of his art without any word balloons and take in his art. It's gritty and dark, yet incredibly detailed. His characters look and feel like real people that just stepped off the street.
Joker, Brian Azzarello