Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum

A Serious House on Serious Earth

Graphic Novel - 2004
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The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham's detention center for the criminally insane on April Fool's Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight's must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demons.This is the critically acclaimed Batman story that helped launch the U.S. careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean. The classic confrontation between the Dark Knight and his archnemeses, this story is well known for its psychological intensity and probing portraits of Batman and the Joker.ARKHAM ASYLUM includes groundbreaking art that influenced scores of artists by introducing a new school of storytelling and technique to comics. This special edition also includes Morrison's complete original script, annotated by Morrison and editor Karen Berger, many of his original thumbnail breakdowns, step-by-step samples of how the story and art came together and much more.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, c2004.
Edition: 15th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781401204259
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC BATMAN Morrison Grant
Characteristics: ca. 200 p. . :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave
Alternative Title: Batman, Arkham Asylum [graphic]


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In this groundbreaking, painted graphic novel, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham's detention center for the criminally insane on April Fools Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. - Publisher description

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Jan 29, 2019

I could write paragraphs on how beautiful and chaotic the non-conventional art is, or paragraphs on how unsettling and immersive the writing is, or paragraphs on how both those elements work together to become somehow more than the sum of their parts. It's plot is clear and simple but it's execution is otherworldly, dark and twisted. It's a book about the nature of sanity, and how it's much more fragile than people often acknowledge. There's no clear line between sane and insane, how do you know who belongs in the Asylum?

Jul 25, 2014

One of the more interesting Batman stories to date, Arkham Asylum features some very dark imagery, interesting art work, and well written dialogue. If you liked the gritty and sometime uncomfortable feel of the most recent Batman movies, this might be for you.

Jul 06, 2013

You kind to have to bear with the font with this read. I found it hard to read at times and had to go over it a few but to me it kind of made it more of a compelling graphic novel to read. Each character had "their own" kind of font exuding what they are like as a character. The story and art is definitely for a mature or adult crowd. I liked how they incorporated some of the back story of Arkham into it. It's a dark and gritty read.

Apr 09, 2010

Crazy art and creative type for the dialogue -- but because of the latter, it needs subtitles. I gave up on reading it -- trying to interpret the dialogue slowed my reading down to a crawl, and I got bored.

I also found the "Is Batman a great man or just insane?" personal-angst theme really hackneyed. Readers who've never really thought about that may find the notion absorbing.

Although I was more frustrated than intrigued by this story, the graphic elements definitely invoke a mood!


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