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Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A darkly imaginative graphic novel, 22 July 2006
This review is from: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Paperback)
Artistically, this graphic novel is fairly unique. A Dark atmosphere is created using heavy ink and watercolours, which perfectly describe the story of Arkhams journey into insanity, and Batmans confrontation of some of his most and least famous enemies. Clockwork cogs over dark backgrounds, with slightly smeared white sketchy lines, batman is often just drawn as a dark shadowed silouette with the recognisable mask. The Joker is a terrifying cavorting bloodless figure with red painted eyes and lips,arithe with dark sexual intent.The mad hatter is a pipe smoking hallucigenius with a lined face and lank wisps of hair under his hat, claiming to "have things to tell" batman. The novel realistically breathes life into batmans villains in a way that is more fantastic yet more terrifing.

The thing that really struck me about Arkham asylum is that it cannot just be limited to describing the artwork, the writing is easily just as astonishing. The book fascinated me in the morbid way i enjoy watching horror films, it delves into batmans psyche and that of Amadeus Arkham.Inparticular there is a moment at the beginning where batman reveals his fears to jim Gordon- he is afraid that when he walks through the asylum gates it will "feel like coming home", providing the first suggestion in the book that batman is possibly as equally insane as his foes.

Arkham asylum stays with me, and i recommend it to anyone who is interested in a dark strangely compelling batman tale, but i warn you that this is not a fairy-tale. It has grotesque moments, but they all contribute to this remarkable piece of work.


1 Meg Memory Card for PSone - Grey
1 Meg Memory Card for PSone - Grey

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is an awesome piece of plastic, 25 Mar 2006
so small, so rectangular, yet so beautiful. Not to be missed.


Silent Alarm
Silent Alarm
Offered by filmrollen
Price: 5.85

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs a few listens, 25 Mar 2006
This review is from: Silent Alarm (Audio CD)
When i first heard this album, i thought it was massively overrated. After a few listens, i found the album coming back to me during the day. Its amazing, and Playing guitar, Russel Lissacks style interests me hugely. I love Keles voice and lyrics, they are introspective and intelligent yet often anthemic. The drumming is good, particularly on opener "like eating glass". I Love most of the songs on this album. Some of them make you want to move, others are breathtakingly beautiful. Bloc party are a band that take themselves seriously, and they arent a fad. Unlike Kaiserchiefs, they are here to stay. Not in the charts necessarily, but that was never their intention.
This album is not to be missed, but needs a few listens. An awesome debut.


Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 5.71

4.0 out of 5 stars its melodramatic, vampiric, showoff.....its awesome!, 28 Oct 2005
This review is from: Fire and Ice (Audio CD)
to be honest i really had low expectations of this album, but i bought it anyway in the interest of improving my guitar playing.
in fact, it rocks!
i cant help enjoy "how many miles to babylon", and dragonfly is an easy tune to remember and wonder why you're humming it later!
in short, its 5 quid, so dont overlook it!


Fancy Blues and Rustique Novelties
Fancy Blues and Rustique Novelties
Price: 10.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True originals!, 30 April 2005
Flipron are a novelty in todays music scene. Blending bluesy feeling funny (if a little worrying) lyrics, singer Jesse sings his bizzare trains of thought ( a blue baboon, a mob of dying pensioners and a black car with a mind of its own among them).
I actually got this cd free because my dad happens to know mark the bassist in this band, but if i lost it i would buy it again without second thoughts. A fantastic buy if you are a fan of the quirky, funny, catchy and downright cool music. True originals in their own right.


It Takes a Nation of Tossers [VINYL]
It Takes a Nation of Tossers [VINYL]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitman- It takes a nation of tossers..., 22 May 2004
Well well... To all of you dubious "tossers" , rest assured. Pitman is back... with an album more full of sharp and witty jokes than your mother in law. Here Pitman "moans on beats" as he aptly quoted once. Whether he is "waiting" or simply trying to have a day off, Hilarity ensues as this enigmatic miner talks of his love of tea, biscuits and hip hop and his dislike of the media.A must have for all comedy fans.


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