Obscurity of DC Presents: Ultra-bscure Book Club, Week 75 (June 2-June 8) --- JOE THE BARBARIAN (Part 2)

Welcome, @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community! Welcome to Week 75 of Obscurity of DC’s Ultr-Obscure Book Club! This week, we’ll be concluding a two-week focus on…


Number of Issues: 4 (Please only read issues 5-8)

Synopsis from dcuniverseinfinite.com: One of the hottest writers in the industry, Grant Morrison, brings this Home Alone meets The Lord of the Rings story to life. 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 insulindeprived delirium — from which he can die if he doesn’t take his meds — or something much bigger?

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. How did Joe evolve from issue 1 to issue 8?
  2. Why do you think Joe has the title of “Joe the Barbarian”? What is the significance of the “Barbarian” part?
  3. Did you like the plot twist that Joe’s dad was the Iron Knight? Did you see it coming? Explain.
  4. The end of the series brought forth a revelation that the treasure was the deed to the house. What does the deed represent, and how does that final page portray the meaning of the deed?
  5. Do you think there really are two worlds, or is it really just a hallucination? Explain your choice.

BONUS QUESTION: Did you cry when Jack supposedly died? Because I did… profusely.

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sounds good.


It’s one of my favorite series OAT! Hope you enjoy it!


just got done with 4 now on five.


Finished really enjoyed it. Thanks @Jurisdiction
I think sometimes things are just what they are and that’s all they need to be.
It was both real and not real.
No I’m not one to cry the only show I really cried over were ones where I knew that was it your lie in April got me never watch it. Unless you plan on making sad storys the writer is a master at sorrow.