Our Top 5 Graphic Novels to Read Before You See Joker

Published September 19th, 2019

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Hey Third Eye Faithful! JOKER is one of those movies that we have been excited about since we heard the rumblings that it was in development. Getting into the origin of Gotham City’s Crown Prince of Crime has had us interested from the first announcement!

With JOKER shaping up to be an killer take on one of DC’s most famous villains, we know that you’re just as excited to get to the theaters as we are! Before you grab your popcorn, grab a couple of these awesome graphic novels on your deep-dive into everything Joker! Check out our Top 5 graphic novels to read before you see JOKER!

1. BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE HC

Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point to madness, The Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Refusing to give up, Gordon struggles to maintain his sanity with the help of Batman in a desperate effort to best the madman. Collects BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE #1 and stories from BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #4 and COUNTDOWN #31.

2. JOKER HC

In the all-new, hardcover original graphic novel JOKER, writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) and artist Lee Bermejo (HELLBLAZER covers) – the creative team behind the acclaimed miniseries LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL – show an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham: The Joker.

After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds “his city” divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham’s most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman! 

Not since THE KILLING JOKE have you seen such a powerful tale of The Joker – you won’t want to miss this one!

3. ARKHAM ASYLUM

The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over and are demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of The Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demons.

4. BATMAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

Batman readers were allowed to vote on the outcome of the story and they decided that Robin should die! As the second person to assume the role of Batman’s sidekick, Jason Todd had a completely different personality than the original Robin. Rash and prone to ignore Batman’s instructions, Jason was always quick to act without regard to consequences. In this fatal instance, Robin ignores his mentor’s warnings when he attempts to take on the Joker by himself and pays the ultimate price. Driven by anger with Superman by his side, Batman seeks his vengeance as he looks to end the Joker’s threat forever. 

5. BATMAN THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

Witness Batman’s first encounter with The Joker in this volume collecting the graphic novel BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke! This collection also includes DETECTIVE COMICS #784-786, a murder mystery tale guest-starring Green Lantern Alan Scott.

All right, Third Eye Faithful – that’s a wrap.

All of these graphic novels and more are in stock at your local Third Eye location – so come see us, and get ready for JOKER!