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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum [Kindle Edition]

Grant Morrison , Dave McKean
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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" Morrison's first big commercial hit - and his first shot writing Batman, a character he would spend a great deal of time with over the course of his career - was this ground-breaking graphic novel featuring the grim, twisted artwork of painter Dave McKean. In this darkly poetic, psychologically rich tale, Batman faces off against the Joker, Two-Face, the Scarecrow and other villains inside Gotham City's house for the criminally insane"--ROLLING STONE "Grant Morrison and Dave McKean explore that connection in Arkham Asylum, one of the finest superhero books to ever grace a bookshelf"--IGN"Between Morrison's esoteric writing and Dave McKean's gorgeous painting, this may very well be my nominee for the definitive Batman story. Yes, even more so than The Dark Knight Returns, Year One, or The Killing Joke. Exploring both Batman and his rogues equally through significantly different characterizations than typically seen in the main DCU, Morrison boils these characters down to their essence while providing a chilling mystery story set within the confines of Gotham's home for the criminally insane"--CRAVE ONLINE "The art of this story is striking, beautiful, and yes, today's secret word: disturbing."--NEWSARAMA

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The new Dynamic Duo hits the streets with a bang in their new fl ying Batmobile to face an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who’s been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 50893 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Anniversary edition edition (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064W64ZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes 'Batman:Arkham Asylum', 'JLA', 'Seven Soldiers', 'Animal Man', 'Doom Patrol', 'The Invisibles' and 'The Filth'. He is currently writing 'Batman' and 'All-Star Superman'.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5 stars? A big endorsement, that. But this is a fearsomely good read.

Grant Morrison takes the Dark Knight into the legendary Arkham Asylum to confront not only the iconic villains of Batman lore, but also his own inner demons. It's hard to say which are more fearsome. Morrison takes Batman from one shocking set piece to another and, as he does, we see him stripped of his icy exterior and exposed as the twisted, pain-filled soul that he is. It's hard to say whether the phased transformation makes Batman more or less human. But what we're presented with at the end is a Batman who knows himself... who has been stripped apart on the most violent psychiatrist's couch ever, then reborn as a man who has no illusions about the relative strengths of sanity and madness. I should also add that Dave McKean's wild and severe artwork is a brilliant accompaniment to this gruesome but horribly self-aware fairy tale.

Buy it. Borrow it. If you're a Batman fan, you'll love it. If not, it's not as accessible as, say, the Dark Knight Returns, but (for me) all the more rewarding because of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Art school Batman 21 Feb 2014
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Arkham Asylum 14 Aug 2012
I'll be honest I love this book. this is not your run of the mill Batman Graphic novel, no it's much deeper, darker and definitely more disturbing than any other one I can think of.

The story has a simple set up of the in mates of the asylum have taken control and have been making demands for the entire day. they have one final request and that is that Batman has to come to the island in exchange for the hostages. and the Joker's plan is simple get Batman and turn him into one of them.

the story also goes through the story of Armedious Arkham the founder of the Asylum and going through how he had become so interested in the mind and why he had turned his family home into an asylum.

there is fantastic twist ending, which i wont spoil for anyone whom has not read it but it ties every loose end together perfectly.

the artwork in this novel is fantastic. Each panel is painted beautifully and it matches the dark tone of the rest of the novel.

I would give this 5 star however there was a couple of panels upon which I could not read what the Joker was saying so for me that was disappointing but apart from that this novel is a must read for any Batman or comic book fan but bear in mind that this book may not be for you as it can get violent and severely disturbing at times
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for 7" kindle 27 Oct 2013
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Good story but incredibly hard to read on a 7 inch kindle due to the lettering style. Easier reads available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical Batman story 11 April 2014
If you're wanting a book that showcases Batman being Batman then don't buy this book.

If you want to read a psychological horror that will make you feel part of Arkham Asylum then this is the book for you; it literally reads like you're exposed to more and more of Scarecrow's fear gas as it goes on.

At first, I read it and thought it was nothing special but this has been one of the only comics I've consistently went back to and tried to decipher. This isn't easy, thoughtless entertainment; it's the type of thing you really have to study to even feel like you begin to understand it.

It certainly lacks coherency but I think that's part of what makes it special - coherency and insanity just don't go together.
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Format:Kindle Edition
So this basically is a Batman book where Batman is not the main character. The idea may seem intriguing -it certainly aroused my curiosity- and when it comes to Grant Morrison, I always expect to have my mind blown. This did not happen this time.
Exploring the history of Arkham Asylum and introducing new characters like Amadeus Arkham and Dr. Cavendish was very refreshing, but the plot was weirdly tasteless and boring, somewhat chaotic as well. Many villains from the Batman universe appear in this graphic novel, but they (Clayface, Killer Croc, the Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter) do not bring anything to the plot. The most redeeming quality of the book is the incredibly lavish and detailed illustrations by Dave McKeen; each page is an incredible, unique work of art that makes Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth worth reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars ok what did i read
see its a good story and art work but it just doesn't fell like batman so 2 stars at best
Published 2 months ago by simon giblin
4.0 out of 5 stars Puts the dark in Dark Knight
I like this book because of the art. The story is good but it's the art that grabs you. My only complaint would be the lettering is a little difficult.
Published 5 months ago by Superhero Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
one of the worst i ever read.

could hardly read the text. much strain on the eyes.

The story was minimal and just come to an end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marc74
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Eerie & Unsettling
This is really really dark & eerie in tone. It can be a bit hard to read speech and the jokers etchings though that's the only thing I hate about this novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben
1.0 out of 5 stars Style over content
Generally poor with occasional good art work. Tries to be clever and unfortunately fails,schoolboy psychology applied whenever possible at the expense of character development.
Published 8 months ago by John Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, intense with a strong psychology basis.
Take a journey into the bats mind and that of the Arkham residents. The novel follows a whistle stop tour of madness from the patients POV. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. B. Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, font is a little hard to read.
The story for this is a really great one, the only problem I had was with the font's they use, I found it hard to read the Joker's sections at times.
Published 11 months ago by William Govan - Belfast
1.0 out of 5 stars epic pile of dog #*@+
what a complete waste of money,the story was back and forth and very poor with really bad artwork that leaves you trying to work out whats going on in the picture. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2012 by sharingan2288
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