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review 2017-05-27 17:27
Harley Quinn, Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh by Amanda Conner
Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh - Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti

Mason Macabre is more than just Harley Quinn s neighbor in her new Coney Island digs he just might be the man of her dreams. But to save his life, she ll have to face the clown of her nightmares!
With Harley and her gang of merry maidens battling to keep innocents out of the crossfire of her enemies latest vendetta, Mason s been whisked away to the one place our hellacious heroine never wanted to set foot in again: Arkham Asylum. Inside its horrific halls, Mason is at the tender mercies of none other than the Joker and Harley and the Clown Prince of Crime have had the mother of all bad break-ups. 


Will she and the madman who helped make her what she is kiss and make up long enough for her new beau to escape with his life? Or this time, will the joke be on Harley Quinn for good?
It s the reunion you ve been waiting for! Courtesy of acclaimed creative team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, HARLEY QUINN VOL. 5: THE JOKER S LAST LAUGH proves that when it comes to true love, Harley s not joking around! Collects issue #22-25 of the ongoing series and the special issue, HARLEY QUINN: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR."
 
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The problem with waiting let's say around two months to write a review is that the memory is a bit hazy. However, there are some things that I do remember from this volume and that's that I was disappointed that the Joker was hardly in it especially when you see the cover and read the description and the description pretty much tells you what will happen. They fight and break up. Ta da! I liked the last part of the volume best, with Harley finding a genie...hilarious.

That doesn't mean that the volume is bad, I did like it, I found it amazing and it was a hell of a lot better than the previous volume. The art is, as usual, good as well. I had when I start to read a comic and the change the artist along the way and ruin everything. But with Harley Quinn, is the art pretty much always good!

 
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!
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review 2017-02-14 02:08
Valiant by Bella Jewel
Valiant: Joker's Wrath MC - Bella Jewel

This story begins when Baylee goes out for a night of fun an meets Jack. She's the first woman to ever turn him down, and now he's hooked. But, Jack is different than she thought he was. He's always ready with a joke or a smile, and while his family may be part of the MC world, he is not. 

 

But, Baylee has secrets, and she knows that she's not good for Jack, so she does her best to keep away, but that doesn't work. And now she's falling hard and fast for him no matter what her head is telling her. 



“One day that smile is going to touch your eyes, and fuck, it's going to be the most beautiful thing the world has ever seen.”- Jack

This book was really good! I enjoyed Baylee and Jack together, and I enjoyed the plot line a lot as well. I really admired Baylee for how she protected Rae, an all the things they went through together. 

 

The only thing about this book was I felt like we didn't get enough of Jack and Baylee together, and it felt like the ending was rather abrupt, but it did have a nice HEA to it.  

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review 2016-10-01 00:00
Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh
Harley Quinn Vol. 5: The Joker's Last Laugh - Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti The problem with waiting let's say around two months to write a review is that the memory is a bit hazy. However, there are some things that I do remember from this volume and that's that I was disappointed that the Joker was hardly in it especially when you see the cover and read the description and the description pretty much tells you what will happen. They fight and break up. Ta da! I liked the last part of the volume best, with Harley finding a genie...hilarious.

That doesn't mean that the volume is bad, I did like it, I found it amazing and it was a hell of a lot better than the previous volume. The art is, as usual, good as well. I had when I start to read a comic and the change the artist along the way and ruin everything. But with Harley Quinn, is the art pretty much always good!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!</i<
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review 2016-07-27 01:11
DC Animation – The Killing Joke

I am a huge fan of this single issue stand alone story for Batman.

 

I mean whats not to be in awe of, the art is timeless, and we are given an origin story, out right , for the single most enduring and iconic villain in comicdom.

 

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So when DC announced that they were doing an animated version of the story featuring the voice talents of Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, and Mark Hamill I was over the fucking moon.

 

This was going to be the greatest Batman animation ever made, and the last 45 minutes of it are…. but damn, that opening half hour… It starts with Barbara Gordon’s last case as Batgirl. Which isn’t my issue, it shows her in a strong capable light for some of it, but my issue comes with how they changed her relationship with Batman.

 

This is a relationship that has been largely paternal in its portrayal, so much so that Batgirl’s usual beau is one of the Robins. But here they have a scene with Batgirl and batman making out and a later scene confirming they knocked boots.

 

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This coming in the prologue reduces the Batgirl character to being stuffed in a refrigerator to propel Batman into his encounter with the Joker. I get that her being paralysed is a turning point for the character and that you needed to do something for a prologue, but you could’ve left out the sex and made it more powerful in my opinion.

 

Beyond that  though this animation is about the most faithful adaptation of any comic material that I have ever seen. The artists have recreated iconic panels from the one shot comic.

 

The brutality of Jim Gordon’s torture and descent to the very edge of madness is disturbing and harrowing in a way that is never seen in animated adaptations of western comics.

 

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Batman looms larger than life and the stoicism and pain in his persona really come through, especially through his detachment from others and hatred of the Joker. And the Joker, my god the Joker… I’m not going to beat around the bush, Mark Hamill is the star of this. He just is. He delivers the dialogue with such ferocity that the Joker was scarier than he has ever been on screen.

 

The origin tale still makes you feel for the poor shlub that becomes The Clown Prince of Crime in Gotham City, but that sympathy is juxtaposed with the cold sadism of the man who crippled a woman just to torture her father. It was the same in the book but hearing Hamill but emotion and insanity into that dialogue made it all the more chilling to realise that in the end, the Joker actually has a point…

 

“All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.”

 

It’s scary and it’s harrowing because it’s true.

 

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Watch it, ignore the prologue and just watch the adaptation. It will give you chills if you know the story. It will make you think if you don’t…

 

Happy Viewing

 

 

Source: archeroftheasylum.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/dc-animation-the-killing-joke
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text 2016-07-26 03:25
Update: The Killing Joke

I found a clip of the Batman/Batgirl scene from Killing Joke and added it to the review, so feel free to check it out.

 

Review: Batman- The Killing Joke

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