Batman Arkham Asylum Madness HC Hardcover – 25 Jun 2010
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Sam Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and went on to create his own comic series called The Maxx. Keith's recent work includes Wolverine/Hulk for Marvel Comics and Batman Secrets and Scratch for DC Comics. He has also created several other creator-owned properties including Epicurus the Sage and Zero Girl. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
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)
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+
Let us consider that Arkham Asylum is a big and complex institution where its staff works on a daily basis side by side with really messed up people who would do and say anything not to get out, not to get noticed, but only to mess you up. This being said, the staff looks and feels pretty "normal". They don't seem stressed and appear relaxed during their work day. They have time to tell some jokes, to eat lunch, and so on. One of the characters refers to the Joker as "ol' green hair". All this tells me they could be working at a bank, for all I care. Sure, some of them have money problems. Some of them don't like their job. Some of them would be working somewhere else. This ruined the experienced for me. Arkham Asyulum has a normal working environment. Yes! Killer Croc is inside a water tank (they call him croc for a reason). Yes! Man-Bat is inside some dark room hanging upside down and making a lot of noise. Also,Two-Face, Scarecrow and Harley make an appearance. But they are inoffensive and they even share some TV time with the guards.
In AA Madness, the Joker delivers. Not because his crazy or evil. Just because he is given the opportunity to do so. You will not believe the security of the place. Joker keeps braking his room's light bulb...No problem! They replace it. Joker wants to make a phone call...No problem! They give it to him. Joker is feeling sick...No problem! They take him to the nursery and leave him unattended.
He seems to be the only character who remains consistent with what we know of the place and of its patients. Near the the end everything seems to go to hell...but, wait...no one scapes! This means another day.
The Joker's character design as well as the styles present in the artwork keep changing more and more as you turn the pages. It seems to me that this conveys the increasing madness of the place and its people but I can tell you it is not very effective.
Oh, there's also something wrong with the clock. Everyone keeps staring at the clock. Everyone wonders what is happening to the clock. The clock this, tic tac that. The clock keeps appearing for some reason. There's supposed to be a surprise here but it's really disappointing. Real you may say, but keep in mind that it just strips even the slightest aura of mystery from the place.
Bottom line: Arkham Asyulum if a place where everything is normal, except the Joker. He's the only real threat of the place. Or should I say, the real threath is the incompetence of the staff who works at "Arkham Asylum: Not that bad of a job, is it?"