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Friday, December 19, 2008

What I’m Reading Now: Azzarello’s Joker = Scary as Hell

Written By: Brian Azzarello

Art By: Lee Bermejo

So, yea…. Still watchin' Batman a lot. And I decided this time that maybe some supplemental film reading was in order. Last Month, DC Comics released Joker HC. Written By Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Loveless) and Lee Bermejo (Lex Luthor: Man of Steel), Joker is an original graphic novel that reflects the realistic and gritty Gotham as depicted in the Christopher Nolan films. But wait just a second, in several interviews the creative team of Azzarello & Bermejo, stated that their concept for Joker was actually developed before the original screen shots of Heath Ledger’s Joker. So they ain’t no posers (double negative!). One of the great aspects of this story is that it is from the prospective of one of Joker’s henchmen, Johnny Frost. Frost is a tough character to categorize. At first he is a sympathetic character, and by the end you are screaming at the pages at him for being apart of a group that ultimately ends six feet under. Through Frost’s eyes, we see Gotham’s underworld and the criminal masterminds that reside within. In the beginning of the story, Joker is released from Arkham and wages bloody warfare to regain his influence and territory. And I know what your thinking, “If it’s an OGN I don’t have to do any back reading”…. WRONG! LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL, LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL, LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL. So yea…read it. Lex Luthor: Man of Steel was a five issue miniseries created in 2005 by the same creative team. This story made me the Lex Luthor fan I am today. It is a great story that makes you root for the wrong side. Throughout Joker, I was constantly reminded of that great story and should definitely be read before Joker. The two don’t necessarily relate to each other but it has the same tone and realness that makes Joker so unique. If you know anyone who likes the film The Dark Knight, this book is right up his or her alley (and x-mas is coming up **wink**). So dive into the twisted, demented world of the Joker and see a psychopath at work!

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