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Batman: Arkham Asylum Living Hell Deluxe Edition [Kindle Edition]

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ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL examines the dark underbelly of Gotham's notorious "House of Madness!" Warren White, one of Gotham's most successful financiers, thought he could beat his jail rap by pleading insanity. Now he's finding out why you don't cop an insanity plea in Gotham! Expect appearances by Batman, The Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, and the rest of Arkham's regulars -- plus the debut of several new Rogues! This new deluxe edition collects the miniseries and features new sketch material from superstar artist Ryan Sook.


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Dan Slott is an American comic book writer best known for his work on titles such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, She-Hulk, and the twice-monthly series The Superior Spider-Man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 71208 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arkham Asylum: Living Hell 28 Sept. 2014
Arkham Asylum: Living Hell is a 2002 miniseries spanning six issues total written by current Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott and illustrated by Ryan Sook, who you may know from his work on Grant Morrison’s various Seven Soldiers books. It is presented here in the oversized hardcover format of The Killing Joke, Batman R.I.P. and other books, so it’s a little taller than a regular comic collection for the sake of better presenting the fantastic artwork.

If you’ve seen any relatively modern prison drama, its story should feel pretty familiar to you. It introduces Great White Shark to the Batman mythos, and charts his rise from cowering prison newbie (or ‘fish’) Warren White to crime boss-in-the-making, covering a prison riot and some supernatural happenings along the way. All the tropes are present and accounted for, from misdeeds in the showers to the stock crooked guards. Ultimately, it’s an account of how the Asylum, much like the wider Gotham herself, is so directly responsible for the creation of its repeat visitors. A very entertaining origin story, essentially.

It occupies the same space as other great series such as Morrison’s own Arkham Asylum and Rucka and Brubaker’s Gotham Central that further develop Batman’s world, often without much appearance from the man himself, deepening the immersion of other books by association alone. Slott handles the treatment of the book’s various supercriminals as well as he does the administration of the Asylum, with a little history thrown in to boot. Any time a bunch of supervillains are psychologically profiled it’s a fair way to assess an author, but Slott knows these characters intimately well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gotham story. 24 Jun. 2014
By John Harper - Published on
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This is a great story about Gotham City and it's residents. I saw that it's that rather than a great Batman story because, well, Batman's barely in it. Batman, along with his more famous enemies such as Joker and Two-Face, are more-or-less restricted to cameo appearances, while the plot mainly focuses on a corrupt businessman named Warren White and a few other villains that are either obscure foes from earlier on in Batman's career (such as Magpie) or new villains invented for this series (such as Humpty-Dumpty.)

If you've ever seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the plot is basically a Batman version of that. Warren White is on trial for cooking the books of his business, and argues for the insanity plea, figuring that life at an asylum would be nicer than life at prison. He fails to account for the fact that he's in Gotham City, and that being sent to a mental ward means being sent to Arkham Asylum. Now White has to figure out how to survive in the same place as psychos such as Joker, Two-Face, and Killer Croc.

The book has some scenes of strong violence and disturbing images, along with a subplot dealing with the occult, so if you're opposed to any of that stuff, skip it. Batman's barely present in the story at all, so skip it if you wanted to see him, too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Batman: Arkham Asylum Living Hell Deluxe Edition 16 July 2014
By vincewest75 - Published on
It is an interesting story about the inner Arkham and how Warren White became The Great White Shark. There are demons from Hell, all sorts of experiments to get the evil out of people. The only real bad thing is Batman is only in like 6 pages. Robin and Batgirl are in a few too. It is a fun read but there is very little Batman. Joker, Croc, Riddler, and Two Face have minor parts. There is a lady called Jane Doe that is very scary and Ectrigan the demon has large part.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, lightweight reading 12 Sept. 2014
By Brian48 - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed this very much. I like stories that give a little bit of background on the various villains in Batman's rogue gallery. Especially some of these relatively "minor" ones like this. Keeping Batman's presence to a minimum was a really good idea in my opinion and keep the focus on the main character. I'm glad the creative team was disciplined about this. The tone was also a lot more fun and lighter than say "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice".

The only thing that bothered me a bit was that the character's final progression from two-bit white collar criminal to full nutcase was a little too abrupt towards the end given the pace of the first few chapters, but that's just me.

Very entertaining writing and the artwork was fine as well. A good read for those who love Batman, but want a change of pace without completely leaving the Bat universe.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the whole karma feeling of this story 24 Sept. 2014
By Drac - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A different but very interesting story. I love the whole karma feeling of this story!!!!!
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