Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth

Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)

Paperback, 216 pages

English language

Published April 22, 2005 by DC Comics.

ISBN:
978-1-4012-0425-9
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4 stars (41 reviews)

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (often shortened to Batman: Arkham Asylum) is a Batman graphic novel written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dave McKean. The story follows the vigilante Batman, who is called upon to quell a maddening riot taking place in the infamous Arkham Asylum, a psychiatric hospital housing the most dangerous supervillains in Gotham City. Inside, Batman confronts many of his enduring rogues gallery, such as the Joker, Two-Face, and Killer Croc. As Batman ventures deeper, he discovers the origin of how the asylum was established, the history of its founder Amadeus Arkham, and the supernatural and psychological mystery that has been haunting the mansion. Upon its release, the graphic novel garnered commercial and wide critical acclaim and is considered by many to be one of the greatest Batman stories of all time, and one of the best works in Grant Morrison's career. Morrison's …

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3 stars

I'm a big fan of Dave McKean, and his art is amazing here. Though, I am not a fan of the writing and the ways that Batman seems to be portrayed -- in ways that seem too easy: walk in and join us, run or more bad things happen, and then? Self-mutilation?

And the initial, opening dialogue with the commissioner involving Batman saying he is scared of himself and what will happen at Arkham because of the brief phone call with the Joker? Seems extremely out of character and out of place. Maybe he was just having a really bad day to begin with, which would explain his overall difficulty with handling much of anything as the story begins and progresses. Or maybe if this was an acid trip or nightmare Batman was having, maybe it would make more sense.

The font and writing, especially for Joker, is difficult to …

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3 stars

I can't say I loved this novel but I certainly liked it. It is one of Grant Morrison's earlier stories and therefore it goes for more interesting concepts than what a comic might typically attempt. Like many young minds turned on by intellectual things, however, Morrison is a bit like a hummingbird, flitting from one idea to the next without unifying a comprehensive underlying concept. Also, there might be a little nonsense involved.

From the notes on the text by Morrison:

"PAGE 20: The idea of the Joker's 'super-sanity' haunted me for years and eventually developed into my theories of multiple personality complexes as the next stage in human consciousness development."

Yeah... so that happened.

Despite the cocaine-paced mind wanderings of a guy who is really interested in theoretical ideas the end result is, well, intriguing. Dave McKean's artwork pulls the story into an atmospheric dimension of chaos and is …

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