- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (28 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401223389
- ISBN-13: 978-1401223380
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.5 x 25.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Arkham Asylum Madness TP Paperback – 28 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Sam Kieth was born in 1963 started his professional career when he was seventeen. Later on he sold some work to DC Comics and Marvel, where he illustrated Wolverine. In 1987 Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN and went on to create his own comic series called THE MAXX, which was published by Image comics from 1993 until 1998. The success of the series spawned an award-winning cartoon on MTV, trading cards, a toy and even some statues. This work is currently in print as graphic novels from DC's WildStorm imprint. Keith's work includes also includes Wolverine/Hulk for Marvel Comics and BATMAN: SECRETS and SCRATCH for DC Comics. He has also created several other creator-owned properties that have been published by WildStorm including EPICURUS THE SAGE and ZERO GIRL.
Top Customer Reviews
So why buy this graphic novel., In a few words artwork and storey. Some of the images of the Joker are the best I have seen and the artwork really does deliver the right tone for the story.
The story, without giving away any spoilers, is about a 24 hour stint in the nuthouse called Arkham. You come across the villains of batman in harley Quinn, Poison Ivey Doc Croc and, of course, the Joker. Its a deep story, slow to get your attention but it gets you about two thirds of the way in when the plot explodes.
The reason I have not given the book 5 stars is that the story is a bit disjointed and it is hard to work out what has happened in a few scenes but then again that may be to allow you to use your own imagination.
Certainly worth a read or two!
The story takes way to long to get going. The nurse does not shut up about how much she loves her kid. Even when the story gets going, it is all for nothing as in terms of story nothing much happens. I expected so much more. This is by far the worse joker story i have read in a long long time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
The plot revolves around Sabine Robbins, a nurse working a 24-hour shift at Arkham Asylum. A typical day-in-the-life at a workplace that is anything but typical, AA:Madness is a wonderful companion piece to Gotham Central. I say this not because the two titles are anything alike, but because they both delve into the Bat-Universe from the perspective of an average Joe (or Jill, as the case may be).
Everything about this book is unapologetically avante garde. One's willingness to "take the ticket and ride the ride" will determine how enjoyable they find it. Of particular interest is the characterization of The Joker. One of his fellow inmates calls him "gutless" and "old", but the Clown Prince of Crime still has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
An awesome and bold (if somewhat uneven) look at the criminally insane. Forserious Bat-fans, Kieth fans, and those who enjoy taking a close-up psychological look at the madness of humanity. Grade: B+
The art is great and the story is lovingly twisted.