Joe the Barbarian by Grant Morrison & Sean Murphy

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One of the hottest writers in the industry, Grant Morrison, brings this Home Alone meets The Lord of the Rings story to life.
Joe is an imaginative eleven year-old boy. He can’t fit in at school. He’s the victim of bullies. His dad died overseas in the Iraq war. He also suffers from Type 1 diabetes. One fateful day, his condition causes him to believe he has entered a vivid fantasy world in which he is the lost savior — a fantastic land based on the layout and contents of his home. His desperate attempts to make it out of his bedroom transform into an incredible, epic adventure through a bizarre landscape of submarine pirate dwarves, evil Hell Hounds, Lightning Lords and besieged castles. But is his quest really just an insulindeprived delirium — from which he can die if he doesn’t take his meds — or something much bigger?
 

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GRANT MORRISON has been working with DC Comics for twenty years, after kicking off his American comics career with acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written such best-selling series as JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men, as well as such creator-owned titles as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. In recent years Morrison has been hard at work expanding the DC Universe in titles ranging from the Eisner Award-winning SEVEN SOLDIERS and ALL-STAR SUPERMAN to the reality-shattering, multiverse-spanning epic that is FINAL CRISIS - as well as reinventing the world of the Dark Knight Detective in BATMAN AND ROBIN and BATMAN, INC. In his secret identity, Morrison is a "counterculture" spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He lives and works between Los Angeles and his homes in Scotland. FRANK QUITELY was born in Glasgow in 1968. Since 1988 he's drawn The Greens (self-published), Blackheart, Missionary Man, Shimura, Inaba, ten shorts for Paradox Press, six shorts for Vertigo, FLEX MENTALLO, 20/20 VISIONS, BATMAN: THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION, THE KINGDOM: OFFSPRING, JLA: EARTH 2, THE INVISIBLES, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, THE AUTHORITY, Captain America, New X-Men, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, WE3, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and BATMAN AND ROBIN. He has also created covers for Negative Burn, Judge Dredd Megazine, Classic 2000 AD, JONAH HEX, BOOKS OF MAGICK: LIFE DURING WARTIME, BITE CLUB, AMERICAN VIRGIN and ALL-STAR BATMAN. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children. He used to design his own hats and clothing. Currently his favorite hobby is cooking.
 
Published December 11, 2012 by Vertigo. 224 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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An Eisner nominee for “Best Limited Series,” this extraordinarily rich book transfigures adolescent angst. Thirteen-year-old Joe Manson has many excuses for self-pity: his soldier father was killed in

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Geeks of Doom

I picked up the first two issues of Joe the Barbarian mostly because of writer Grant Morrison‘s name on the cover, because anything he writes is at least worth checking out.

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Geeks of Doom

Grant Morrison, as a writer, typically has a style in which he writes such a complex beginning to a story that most people cannot get past the dense narrative and complex foreshadowing, which is completely understandable, and most would wait for the story to be completed prior to reading his work...

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Under the Radar

In the debut issue of Joe the Barbarian we meet Joe Manson.

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Crave Online

In my review of Joe the Barbarian #1, I championed how well writer Grant Morrison established Joe's isolated world, and how artist Sean Murphy brought that world to life.

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Crave Online

Another issue, another drastic change of pace for Joe the Barbarian.

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Lucid dreaming and hypoglycemia form a strong chemical bond in Joe The Barbarian #8.

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Crave Online

It sounds nearly ridiculous, but at this point, Morrison has spent the better part of issue #1 building to this moment, and leaves it completely believable that a boy experiencing the things Joe does would resolve to lose himself in (presumably) an imaginary world.

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Crave Online

Up until now, each issue of Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy's unique Vertigo mini-series has progressed drastically between installments, each new issue bringing to light an entirely new dynamic for the book.

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