Joe the Barbarian

Joe the Barbarian

Book - 2011
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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 insulin deprived delirium - from which he can die if he doesn't take his meds - or something much bigger?
Publisher: New York :, DC Comics,, [2011]
ISBN: 9781401237479
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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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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