9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Darker than a dark room on the dark side of the moon,
This review is from: Arkham Asylum Anniversary Ed SC (Batman) (Paperback)
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.