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The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison's Batman [Kindle Edition]

Cody Walker
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Grant Morrison has made a career of redefining heroes, but his work with Batman has been the most comprehensive. From ARKHAM ASYLUM and JLA to his seven-year run on Batman, Morrison has redefined and reworked the Caped Crusader from the ground up. He's also introduced new characters (such as Damian Wayne) and new concepts (such as Batman, Inc.).

THE ANATOMY OF ZUR-EN-ARRH analyzes Grant Morrison's Batman, including how it understands and reinterprets Batman's long history. Featuring an interview with Grant Morrison.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4626 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sequart Organization (9 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KWG5S4K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Firstly i enjoyed this as i do all the sequart books i've read thus far, particularly those that focus on the works of Grant Morrison. (one of my favourites been curing the post modern blues). The reason the book drops a star is that i felt alot of the book, particularly the beginning portion, spends much of the time seemingly describing what is happening in the individual issues rather than analysing. For instance the understanding that Morrison wrote his Batman 'epic' using the characters entire history as cannon, is mentioned numerous times by the author whilst this information was readliy available in pretty much any Morrison interview and is indeed important i felt it was overly used. Indeed the first section of the book feels slightly disconnected from the rest in that as the book progresses more indepth analyses does occur.

This book does enable the reader to make the connections between issues and reminds the reader of things that occurred that may have been missed. Morrisons Batman run is very long and spanned 7 years work thus its easy to forget some of the earlier events, or characters etc later in the run. This book illuminates and/or reminds the reader of such details.

Certain themes are handled quite well by the author and i found myself agreeing with his interpretations of events. Morrison leaves alot open to readers to impart their own meaning onto his work and thus any interpretation runs risks of criticsm. But the author does handle this mostly well. Some connections appear to be fanciful e.g. his connections to another of Morrisons works the Invisbles can appear to be tenuous. I also feel that the author whilst making some things clear isn't always consistent in this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent study on Grant Morrison's Batman 1 July 2014
By TJ McDonald - Published on
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Cody Walker is following the foot steps of several other authors in offering up this study of Grant Morrison's longest running work, his time on DC comic's Batman. There is a lot to enjoy about the work that this book analyzes, and the book does a great job of going in depth. But, there are problems.

First, I often found myself disagreeing with the author's conclusions, and feeling that many times he missed the mark. Parts of the book seem to be written before the series' conclusion, and so they miss seven important connections. Even more so, several obvious connections are hinted at, but never fully explored. One example of this is when the author discusses the Joker in relation to the Invisibles. He says that the Joker could be a member of the Invisible College in another life, yet, he doesn't seem to draw the conclusion between fluid identities in the Supercontext and the Joker's super-sanity. Lastly, I feel like the author repeatedly hammers home the same points over and over again for the sake of page length. Yes, we know that Morrison's Batman incorporates all eras of the character... And if I read that line one more time, I'll go postal!

That said, I really did enjoy the book. I've started re-reading Batman and Son and already am drawing conclusions that I missed the first few times through. While this book had its problems, it definitely has it's high points and is a book I am proud to own and will definitely revisit.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HOLY NON-NECESSITY, BATMAN 22 July 2014
By John - Published on
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While Cody Walker sets out on an impressive undertaking in analyzing Grant Morrison's long, dense, and, oftentimes, polarizing run on Batman, something about this project falls flat. This is neither the extended annotation nor the comprehensive close reading that Morrison's complicated and allusive work deserves - instead, Walker's book relies too heavily on fractured plot summaries and repetition of the same simple conclusions, which should have been evident to even a casual reader.Walker's arguments would be more at home on a blog, and do not necessitate an entire book; even though Morrison's series can open up plenty of room for debate and speculation, nothing so interesting happens between these covers. I was personally disappointed in the dismissal or complete omission of certain issues, plot-points and characters, but perhaps Walker's book was not big or ambitious enough to properly tackle the project at hand. Superfluous for hardcore Morrison fans but too specific for new readers or general Bat-fans, most would be better served by saving their money.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a recommended reading not only for the fans of Batman or ... 24 July 2014
By Dan Campos - Published on
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The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh focuses on Grant Morrison's run on Batman and the way the character is reinvented, looking at the different elements that are stablished even from the first stories crafted by the writer.

Even though at moments Cody Walker seems to be over examining elements, looking for clues where there are none, it's a recommended reading not only for the fans of Batman or comic book scholars, but for those of us who really enjoy books (and comic books) that have such craft that are worth reading on multiple occasions. The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh can help you as a guide to have a better understanding of reading and writing stories.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Morrison fans! 13 Aug. 2014
By Vintage Stock - Published on
As an avid comic reader as well as someone who sells comics for a living I was blown away by Cody Walker's fantastic analysis. Morrison is such a complex writer and Walker takes his time and really goes through his whole run. It also includes an interview with Morrison that has never before been published. This book really made me want to explore more of the publisher's work. I hope Walker produces more text in the future, he has a very unique point of view and lends humor to his writing making it fun to read as well.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful 30 Jan. 2015
By j.hines - Published on
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This book was perfect to understand Grant Morrison's six year run on Batman. I've this runs about three times and see a different story each time, Cody Walker does an amazing job of seeing dots that I could never even thought of.
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