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Collecting the acclaimed 8-issue miniseries! 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?
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.
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 are 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.
From the mind of Eisner Award-winning writer Grand Morrison (BATMAN INC., Supergods) and the hand of acclaimed artist Sean Murphy (HELLBLAZER, AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST) comes JOE THE BARBARIAN -- an epic story of high adventure, low blood sugar, and the hero inside us all.