Diabetic Joe Manson lives with his widowed mother in a home on the brink of foreclosure and is bullied at school, but that’s just about all the reality we get before plunging head-over-heels into Joe’s hypoglycemia-fueled hallucinations. Joe is on the verge of insulin shock when he begins to drift into a bewildering fantasy realm. His pet rat, Jack, leads him through treacherous kingdoms to the underworld, where he will face “King Death” in the sunless land of “Hypogea”—in other words, Joe needs some glucose or he’ll die. Joe flashes in and out of his actual surroundings, which bleed through to the rich and dynamic imaginary world: his toys are soldiers in the land of “Playroom,” and stony, stairlike outcroppings are a dangerous obstacle between his bedroom and the main floor. While the story is full of delightful comic-book fun, the undercurrent of real-life peril makes this award-winning graphic novel much more than just another fantasy. Joe may be battling vicious creatures with laser guns on pirate submarines, but he’s really fighting for his life and home. Joe’s magnificent and bittersweet day-saving discovery at the very last moment will elicit cheers from even the hardest of hearts. --Sarah Hunter
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Joe the Barbarian is one of those stories that make you want to hate on Grant Morrison a little less than you do. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Books and Lesser Evils!
Absolutely loved this story. Joe is endearing and as he works his way through his personal demons you can't help but be captivated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Lee
Joe the Barbarian is a perfect example of what makes the comic book medium so special. Each panel is stunning and would be at home hanging in any gallery. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chase Vallone
The art work is amazing in this book and the story was a big surprise for me. As someone who normally sticks with super hero books I couldn't really put this one down. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nicholas
I am comics artist from Ukraine. I happy to see this comics in my collection. This is amazing story! And Sean Murphy - great artist!Published 12 months ago by Viktoriya Chikalova
it was definitely a great graphic novel. but some of.the words can't see because there to small. every one should.read itPublished 13 months ago by Jude E.
I chose to get this comic because of the creative team behind it. I've always admired Sean Gordon Murphy's art and several comic books by Grant Morrison. Read morePublished 13 months ago by NO REAL PLOT!
When I first saw the summary of this work, I was intrigued but unsure. I was wondering how the blend of story lines (our 'real world' and the one Joe seems to imagine) would work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Marshall