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5.0 out of 5 stars A Harrowing Graphic Novel
Arkham Asylum tells the dual story of Batman as he ventures into the mental institue that has been taken over by inmates, whilst also telling the story of how Amadeus Arkham founded the asylum in the 1920's. A note at this point: This is a purely adult style comic and both the graphical style and the storylines subtle twists will only be appreciated by older readers. The...
Published on 28 April 2003 by predator1000

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2.0 out of 5 stars Art school Batman
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price, 8 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Paperback)
Although - as many people are keen to point out - the story is somewhat contradictory to the Batman myth, the artwork by McKean is incendiary. His incarnation of the Joker is rivalled only Brian Bolland's seen in "The Killing Joke". McKean's style is very like Bill Sienkiewicz's: Both artists use dynamic line and loose colour to great effect. In my opinion, Arkham Asylum is superiour to the much vaunted "Dark Knight" series written by Frank Miller. Also, it would be worth checking out Mckean's work on "Black Orchid" and The "Sandman" Dustcovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Knight at his darkest in a Gotham gone cuckoo., 22 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Paperback)
Paint. Hats. Photography. Obsession. Straw. Montage. Blood. Jokes. Insanity. Tarot Symbolism. Pencil Sharpeners. Psychosis. Clay. Transvestism. - This macabre masterpiece has all the makings of a modern classic, with breathtaking artwork and a chilling storyline. Shark-repellant Batspray conspicuous by its absence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Both flawed and inspired at the same time, 27 Nov 2000
This review is from: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Paperback)
In this book, Grant Morrison has let his pretensions run away with him a bit as Batman is locked in Arkham Asylum to face most of his foes. The most annoying part probably is when he suddenly decides to ram a piece of glass through his hand for no apparant reason. The tale also retreads the old question of how sane Batman really is.
Once you get past that though, you have an enjoyable tale - A handful of Batman's regular villains get to take turns with the centre stage to give you a peak at what goes on in their minds. Particularly excellent is Morrison's portrayal of Two Face - a villain who is rarely used well in my opinion.
I'm sure most people who read this review will already be familiar with Dave McKean's art and will know that he is one of the great comic painters. It's nice to see him take on super-hero stuff for a change and he handles himself as well as ever.
Generally I would recommend this book. It's not brilliant as it should have been, but it is good - and if youdon't expect too much, you won't be dissapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and a half *'s really., 21 April 2004
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this book is great for bats fans and others alike. for the fans itexplains the start and history of one of the most important buildings inbats' life. for newbies and non-fans it introduces a fair few of thevilians. I found the artwork unusal but nice. it seemed to suit the storywell. the only problem i had at all was it seemed a little short.
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