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Batman: I, Joker

(Batman: Elseworlds)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A futuristic Gotham City is led by a cult that follows Batman's descendant, a self-proclaimed god known only as The Bruce. The current Joker must find a way to survive long enough to face his nemesis and free Gotham from his influence. ...more
Paperback, 53 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by DC Comics
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What if Batman was the bad guy and Joker was the good guy?

That simple idea is the basis for this short graphic novel, an idea that evolves into this fascinating concept about a dystopian future version of Gotham City, ruled by a religious cult that worships the supposed descendant of Batman as a god. This man, called The Bruce, holds gladiator-style combat shows every year that involves the brainwashing of innocent civilians, surgically altering them to look like Batman's villains of legend, so
Ill D
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sure I had read this before. And I was equally sure I had reviewed it. With neither logged in on this GR account a reread was truly merited. And was this read-over just as minty fresh as the first? For the most part, yes.

Forging a unique path that uniquely balances clever modulations with its own bevy of unexpected hat tricks, it almost feels that all the lost time generated from the rest of the Elseworlds imprimatur of crap has been made up here. Truly. With enough known-knowns to link us
Ben Truong
Batman: I, Joker is an Elseworlds graphic novel published by DC Comics in 1998, written and penciled by Bob Hall. It takes place in a dystopian cyberpunk future.

It takes place in an alternate future where the legacy of the Batman has been perverted into a Running Man-type annual television event, where innocents are given plastic surgery to look like Batman's old foe and then set out to be destroyed, in gladiatorial combat with the current Batman – a mantle of the bat now belongs to whoever can
Jason Wallace
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Intriguing concept (what with the elements of techno-dystopia, fascist theocracy, superhero-as-false-idol, nihilistic eternal struggle and clashing ideas of immortality), but the execution leaves much to be desired: the story isn't particularly well-organized and doesn't delve deeply enough into the comic's world and how it came to be, the ending is tidy in an empty and lacking way and the art style, oddly enough, is pretty ho-hum...which is both a bit surprising and quite disappointing given th ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the general plot of this, But I don't think it was well written. Spoiler Alert. The idea of doing a story where a "Joker" becomes Batman is a really interesting concept. Which was by far the best thing about this.. I didn't really care for the whole "Batman/The Bruce is a God-King". Way too cult like and honestly, just poorly done. Artwork was okay. That Idea of Joker becoming Batman though..... That's interesting ...more
Max Z
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
It started as it does every year -- at the citadel --


-- The ebony-winged cathedral of the BRUCE.

December 21 is the longest night of the year... Night of the chase and the challenge. Night of bloody cleansing when the great villains are resurrected -- only to be slain by the bat. World without end. Amen.

A perfect Elseworlds story. Maniac Batman is the eternal leader of the religious cult, kept alive by the wonders of biotechnology. Each year the villains of the past are mysteriou
Anthony Massa
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really dark elseworlds story, I think it fits well as a distant AU finale to the Dark Knight Returns, because of its similar tone and art reminiscent of early Frank Miller. The art is really interesting, while not technically amazing it feels alive and in motion. I recommend this, even if it’s conclusion is a bit rushed.
Ashley Matteson
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Awful. Couldn't even finish it. Batman is legit torturing people. Wtf? ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aмерика, comics
i love elseworlds stories -- this one was OTT and wonderful
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Batman meets “The Running Man.” A fun, weird Elseworlds read. I miss Elseworlds (even though DC is kind of still doing it with their Black Label titles).
Rodrigo Tello
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
De los elseworlds de Batman más extravagantes, estrambóticos y estrafalarios jamás hechos. Una joyita freak del caballero oscuro
Aug 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wasn't impressed. Didn't like it at all. ...more
Dmitry Yakovenko
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
Этот комикс не о том Бэтмене, которого вы знаете. Более того - это даже не назвать комиксом о Бэтмене. События тут разворачиваются в безумной альтернативной вселенной, где Бэтмена считают мессией и чуть ли не богом, а сам человек летучая мышь карает своих старых врагов, убивая их, а не сажая в тюрьму. Мрачная атмосфера царит на улицах этого города, хотя и практически все довольны своим богом, все, кроме загнанных преступников. Сам темный рыцарь показан в этом томе не с лучшей стороны. Он тут ско ...more
Gayle Francis
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, comics, july-2015
A future Gotham where the legend of the Bat leading to an unquestioning, worshipful public who want to cheer on and watch as a deity-esque Batman stand-in as he murders people goes against literally everything Batman stands for. No killing, Batman says. Think before you act, Batman says. Gotham turning into a Cult-city just doesn't work.

But I didn't absolutely hate it. There's enough interesting ideas here to make me think, and it's well-executed. I would have loved to see this as the JOKER bein
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc, modern-age, superhero
It's not a bad option if you're in the mood for something unusual. The art is not bad, but it is not really my style. It had a few of those moments that you have to spend some time looking at a panel to be able to tell what is happening in it. The story could be really interesting, but it is incomplete. More world building would have been better. It is so short that you only get a few glimpses of what is happening. ...more
Oliver Hodson
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
It made a heap more sense once I read the blurb and got the concept and it ended up being a unexpectedly powerful take on the idea that the batman creates the joker- in this case how does the bat and authority create the joker. It felt a lot like it was set in the dark knight future, and although not attempting the same take on batman as miller, it used the violent artwork in a similarly effective way.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
The art is good, but I really didn't like the story, which is similar to the movie "The Running Man" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Set in the future, where a leader of a Batman cult rules Gotham as a god and for religious reasons and crowd entertainment fights people surgically altered to look like Batman's villains, including the Joker. I can't really recommend this, unless you're interested Batman's Elseworlds stories, but even then there are better stories than this one. ...more
Jordan Hudson
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personally I thought that I, Joker was a good read and a good story.
It took you into a future that could happen in the obsessed DC universe. I thought it took you into a place that had been so twisted by the legend of batman people will follow anybody in a batman suit.
All together I thought it was a good story.
The concept was absolutely brilliant but unfortunately both the execution and artwork were sloppy. This graphic novel could have done with being twice as long, I'd love to know the build-up to this fanatical world.

3.5 Stars.
I liked the concept but the story is so messy and it barely explains something of how the world ended up like that.
I think that with some development, the story could had been a really good one, but not like it's written.
Jared Bennett
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A different take. I would like more world building- WHAT in the name of Gotham could have happened to make this alternate future a reality? But overall a nice diversion from the usual world of Batman and the Joker.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, graphic-novels
An intriguing take on the batman myth. In the far future it is used to control the populace with blood sports. Only the man in the role of the joker can save the day. A clever story that has a few twists and a great alternative future. A good read.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I like the action but the narrative lacks foundation. Nice twist that could have been better, though.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For a book of merely 52 pages, this graphic novel proved to be completely engrossing and intense. Couldn't leave until I read till the very end. ...more
Dena Burnett
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intense. Amazing. Gripping. One-sit read.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Unusual alternate universe Batman story. Recommended
Yagiz Su
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Batman dünyasına sıradışı bir bakış! Okuduğum en iyi one-shot'lardan bir tanesi. Okuyun, okutturun. ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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Robert "Bob" Hall is an American comics artist and writer as well as a playwright and theatre director. He is the co-creator of the West Coast Avengers for Marvel Comics and has worked on such series as Armed and Dangerous and Shadowman, which he both drew and wrote for Valiant Comics.
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