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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 Bat. The Caped Crusader with footnotesor Art for Art s Sakeor Holy Histrionics Batman I d rather have listened to an operaGrant Morrison gets serious it s even mentioned in the title twice in case you need a reminder and if Carrot Top wants to star in a remake of Death of a Salesman or Billy Joel wants to write a concerto for flugelhorn and triangle I don t want to hear about it Wait Jeff did you say footnotesYes Goodreader this is why I love you because nothing ever gets by you NothingThis is the 25th anniversary edition of the publishing of this pretentious pile of crap so we get Morrison s script tacked onto the actual comic The script includes footnotes because Mr Morrison wants to share each and every pop culture allusion and Easter egg that he s cleverly included for usThe script actually came in handy because I could actually read what The Joker was trying to say but shuffling back and forth between the comic and an addendum uickly wore thinA plot summary The inmates at Arkham take control of the asylum because it s Tuesday and demand that Batman pay them a visit because they love him so so much and want to cuddle and spoon and eat Toll House cookie dough real fast which is a good thing because this isn t take control of the situation with a few well placed bat flash gernades and a couple of kidney punches and or batarang or two to the dome Batman this is Emo boy Mr Feels Kyle Raynor is my psychic twin Batman so let s brood shall weTherapy seems to work wonders for a few of the rogues yes Two Face flip a coin pick a card to see if you can scratch your assThe restMad HatterStop spouting drivel and take a tranuilizerClayfaceHe s seen better days Idea Bats shove him into a kiln and present him to Alfred as a big ashtray or something You can put him between the dinosaur and the big pennyDid I mention that the asylum is haunted because the Arkham s were a bunch of loons or the Arkham s were a bunch of loons because the original house was hauntedNo Sorry Bottom line The art is purty but then so was Where s Waldo And with Where s Waldo you didn t have to work as hard to find the playersAnother word association ReadyThis bookCrap

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Batman Arkham Asylum A Serious House on Serious Earth

Gauntlet the Dark Knight's must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demonsThis is the critically acclaimed Batman story that helped launch the US careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKea. Based solely upon his 2006 2013 run Grant Morrison might be the greatest Batman writer of all time But he wasn t always so brilliant as his first Batman book the mega selling Arkham Asylum A Serious House on Serious Earth shows The inmates have overrun the asylum and are holding civilians hostage With Joker running free with a knife Batman goes into the asylum to stop him and enters a nightmarish netherworld Meanwhile the troubled life of the asylum s founder Amadeus Arkham is explored The story is one long rambling mess which is part of Morrison s intent It s designed to be dream like and to read like a song and therefore as a comic it s difficult to follow or really understand I get the impression the symbolism of the tarot is important but the book didn t make me interested enough to want to pursue a deeper understanding of it Batman s characterisation is a bit off too how was he beaten by a deranged doctor Some readers might scoff that Morrison s comics are always like this with his drug use but he actually wrote this before he began using drugs and alcohol he writes in his afterword that he stayed up for hours on end to achieve the altered state of consciousness he wanted before sitting down to write So it s official with or without drugs Morrison writes weird comics Hear that poseur artists you don t need vice to produce art Dave McKean s artwork matches Morrison s bizarre story well but it still looks a bit too avant garde for a comic McKean s best known for being The Sandman s cover artist and his art is well suited to that format But for page after page of interior art It s just headache inducing And when he does draw distinguishable figures they look like poor Simon Bisley facsimiles I liked Morrison s idea to have the Arkham doctors try weaning Harvey Dent off of the two sided coin and onto the I Ching It seemed like an original and viable means of treatment for Two Face But other ideas like the Joker calling the outside world the asylum and the world inside Arkham the real world was just corny and the Amadeus Arkham storyline just read like a poor man s Psycho Morrison s comics usually have substance to them but Arkham Asylum is all surface texture with few great ideas Arkham Asylum is a visually interesting book but it looks and reads like an art student s project ie a pretentious mish mash of nonsense than a good comic I definitely wouldn t rank it among Batman s classics If you want to read Morrison s best Batman books start with Batman and Son and go forwards from there

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Man 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. So after buying this book for the third time in my life today the first a hardcover edition that all the pages eventually fell out of the second the paperback edition sans script that now sits across the country with the rest of my books I decided it was worth going on Goodreads to wax poetic about it Because goddamn I love this book I got it right after the 89 movie came out of course and was absolutely terrified of it it sat on my nightstand and gave me nightmares regularly until I put it away for years before revisiting it again in my late teensBut I d never bothered to wonder what anyone else thought of it It s so weird and relatively incomprehensible that I wouldn t recommend it to people trying to get into comics and most people who are into comics have already read it I imagine despite as I said never having talked about it with anyone So yeah Goodreads Goodreads kinda hates this book I mean not everybody but a lot of people And Batman comics are not the kind of thing that generally creates polarized opinions if ya know what I mean There s The Bat Books Fans Like and The Bat Books Fans Hate and every so often there s some idiot who goes I just think Alan Moore over intellectualizes and we all beat up that one guy And sure everyone argues if Killing Joke or Year One or Dark Knight Returns is the best one but it s generally assumed that ONE of them is your favorite and then a couple n00bs in the back start saying that either Hush or Long Halloween is the best and we throw them out with the Alan Moore whiny guy But Arkham Asylum I dunno man It s a weird friggin book It s apparently like the best selling graphic novel of all time It rarely comes up in discussion And Goodreads kinda hates itEveryone who complains that Grant Morrison s cleverer than thou new age fruitiness is too naked here is right And that Dave McKean clearly rendered Batman as a black splotch because he couldn t figure out how to draw him that s also obvious And that Batman acts completely out of character he doesn t save anyone he lets people kill each other he has no discernible plan he admits he s just scared and then leaves at the end yeah those folks are right tooBut dammit People like Batman because we all kind feel like we ARE Batman I think Not like we have hero complexes but like we re alone on the edge of an abyss either the sanest or the least sane in a strange dark world You don t have to be thirteen in your bedroom listening to the Cure to grok that man And yknow I m glad there s a fucked up scary Bat book where Batman is just doing all he can to stand upright in the face of muddy horror you know With its facile Crowley references and lame ass anglocentric Tarot based page layouts or whatever Cuz good lord some days your whole world feels like an ominous Tarot reading no matter how far you get from that little kid who was scared of his own comics twenty years ago I m glad there s a book out there where my buddy Batman has a bad day tooLoves you booky book Loves you No matter what the little piggies say


10 thoughts on “Batman Arkham Asylum A Serious House on Serious Earth

  1. says:

    The Caped Crusader with footnotes?or Art for Art’s Sakeor Holy Histrionics Batman I’d rather have listened to an operaGrant Morrison gets “serious” – it’s even mentioned in the title twice in case you need a reminder – and if Carrot Top wants to star in a remake of Death of a Salesman or Billy Joel wants to write a concerto for flugelhorn and triangle I don’t want to hear about it Wait Jeff did

  2. says:

    Sorry guys Didn't like itI have a headache and my eyes hurtNot joking hereOne of my eyes is actually throbbingYes only oneI'm going to take some Tylenol

  3. says:

    What a fucking mess The painted artwork was appalling the story line was incoherent the dialogue was barely legible and most importantly the portrayal of Batman was all wrong This felt like a second rate haunted house horror that Batman was wedged into and poorly at that Batman's encounters with various villains felt thrown in in a cheap name dropping way his decision making was baffling to non existent and the story's resolution hanging

  4. says:

    So after buying this book for the third time in my life today the first a hardcover edition that all the pages eventually fell out of; the second the paperback edition sans script that now sits across the country with the rest of my books I decided it was worth going on Goodreads to wax poetic about it Because goddamn I love this book I got it right after the '89 movie came out of course and was absolutely terrified of it it sat on my nigh

  5. says:

    This is not your traditional Batman tale Some people won't like it In fact Batman seems like a normal man when confronted by the horrors within and acts in very non Batman ways There's a two part story here where we switch back and

  6. says:

    I'm not uite sure how I feel about Batman Arkham Asylum The story isn't to my liking although the Joker grabbing B

  7. says:

    Absolutely not just a graphic novelThis is a dream like lynchian descent into madnessBest Dark Knight story ever with The Dark Knight returns and The Killing JokeA masterwork

  8. says:

    Based solely upon his 2006 2013 run Grant Morrison might be the greatest Batman writer of all time But he wasn’t always so brillian

  9. says:

    I have read many a pooroverrated Batman story in my ten odd years as a fan but this much referred to epic may take the cake As a Batman story this is a total failure Batman acts completely out of character almost from the beginning When walking into a hostage situation masterminded by the Joker he strikes up a conversation with his archenemy rather than planning how to rescue the innocents involved When Joker shoots a hostage in

  10. says:

    Arkham Asylum is the best graphic novel I've ever read for two reasons writing and artThis isn't your average WHACK POW comic book In fact there is almost no violence or glammed out secret weapons Grant Morrision takes us through a masterful exploration into the psyche of Bruce Wayne a man who suffered a tragic loss at an early age and formed a very clear alternate identity Is he a crime fighter or does he suffer from MPD Multip

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