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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?

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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 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.

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A Modern Fairy Tale Perfected 0

Many writers and artists try to capture the stories of young people trapped in other worlds but few hit the same chords that stories like Alice in Wonderland did for generations of readers. With the flood of modern and urban fantasy stories hitting the market not only in comics, but also in movies and TV, it's hard to make something original, fresh, and heartwarming all at the same time. Luckily for fans of Grant Morrison, Joe the Barbarian does just that. Not to mention the fact that it's colle...

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