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Superman by Jeph Loeb
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Oct 12, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: sequential-art
Read in October, 2007

Emperor Joker is in nine parts, consisting of more than 250 pages. The Joker has created a mad, mad, mad, mad world. Or at least a very silly one. Listen, I love silly. Me and Dr. Seuss? Totally tight. But I don't like silly in my superhero comics. It's like putting mint in my chocolate, alright for some, but a waste of chocolate to me.

Anyway, after struggling through about 100 pages of random, silly Joker reality, I learned why Joker has control and then I limped through another 140 pages of Superman trying to fix it, and then I got a few pages of Batman angst that, while quite lovely, did not make it all worthwhile. I also frequently found the action panels difficult to follow and the different rendering of Joker and Lois Lane from artist to artist to be distracting.

A little less subjectively, if you like the Joker's shenanigans and want to explore what makes Superman keep going, I think you'd probably find this book quite delightful.

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