Joe the Barbarian

Joe the Barbarian

Graphic Novel - 2013
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Joe Manson is no hero. He's just a 13-year-old kid with a pet rat named Jack, a mom who's trying hard to keep their family afloat, and a case of diabetes that ensures an insulin coma is only a single missed meal away. He's got a notebook full of drawings, a room full of toys, a school full of bullies, and a house full of memories. He's no one special. Until tonight. On this particular evening, Joe is transported to an incredible world of danger and daring--one that's both strangely familiar and unlike anything he's ever seen. In this uncanny new world the stairways, hallways and doorways of his big, dark house are mist-shrouded mountains, vast kingdoms and forbidding gateways to parts unknown, while his toys and his pet are mighty warriors, and Joe is the Dying Boy--the long-awaited savior who can overthrow King Death and restore the Light. Joe has no idea if he's really a hero or if he's just hallucinating. But he does know that he must complete his quest--or else Joe the Barbarian's first adventure will also be his last."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781401237479
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Murphy, Sean Gordon 1980-
Stewart, Dave


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Oct 16, 2016

A story about a kid hallucinating about adventures with his toys. Nice art. Runs a bit longer than it needs.

Feb 02, 2016

Grant Morrison has done it again. With the amazing artwork combined with the story, it was a great mini-series. Also, the story is easy to follow if you read it twice.

Apr 22, 2014

Really nice artwork but the story fell sort of flat to me. It's /very/ reminicent of the "Never Ending Story" which makes the ending rather perdictable.

JCLJoshN Oct 28, 2013

More trippiness from Grant Morrison, but with more youthful whimsy than he usually indulges in. Fast-paced, funny, touching, and weird. And the art by Sean Murphy is terrific! A lovely fantasy adventure.

Mar 07, 2013

I'm sorry Morrison, but this one just missed the mark for me. I found it strangely hard to focus on the dialogue and found the world to be rather dull in a way that both contrasted and echoed the art. I wish I liked this book more, but I really couldn't even be bothered.

metalsox Dec 22, 2011

A nice story about a scary moment for Joe when he starts to have Diabetic attack he gets thrust into a fantasy world. Really outside of a swear word and it not being about superheros it shouldn't be considered a vertigo book. The coolest part is all the action figures (including LOBO!)


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