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Batman Arkham Asylum Madness HC Hardcover – 25 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (25 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401223370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401223373
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,295,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This book has no Batman in it. He is talked about and all the villains are in Arkham because of him but he doesn't make an appearance. Thought I would mention it in case you wanted a batman story.

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!
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Was not a huge fan of the art at all.

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.
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The product was in excelent conditions. The plot of the comic is really boring XP
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HASH(0x9287909c) out of 5 stars Far from the Madding Crowd 30 Jun. 2010
By Jon Repesh - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It can be quite disappointing when an awaited project fails to live up to expectations. One can become so spoiled by a favorite creator's talents and successes that you start taking things for granted. Sam Kieth has that type of talent. His surrealistic illustrations are unparalleled in the comic industry and worth the price of admission alone, but when you combine them with his wickedly weird way of looking at the world is when the magic occurs. His tales belong to no continuity. They have an unreal life all to their own. Just strap yourself in and enjoy the madcap ride. One would think a cautionary tale about decadent, dreary ole Arkham Asylum would be right up his alley, but instead of focusing the titular madness on the usual culprits, the infamous inmates, he instead spotlights the asylum's nondescript staff, using them for his psychological explorations on obsession and paranoia. While certainly a different approach, they're not compelling enough to take center stage in this uncanny horror show. Add in the decision of depicting much of this nightmare inappropriately during daylight hours, akin to a sunlit vampire romp, which further diminished the mood it aspired to. While not a bad story by any means, it's too tame for the subject matter, lacking the requisite trepidation and fear. Hell the Joker is without his normal menace, with most of his amoral acts recounted in past tense, neutering whatever tension they may have provoked. Even his normally fascinating visual designs are by his standards average, with Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and Harvey Dent more uniquely rendered in the recent Azzarello Joker novel. The story would have worked better as a monthly series, without having the pressure an original graphic novel brings with it. Alas this is Kieth's weakest Batman project to date. His recent low key Batman Confidential mini contained superior art, a deeper mystery, plus a new female character who inspired more compassion toward her than her counterpart here. Obviously the best of talents cannot always produce superlative work, but judging by comments made at the end of the book, one wonders if editorial involvement may have played a role in its dubious direction and unexceptional results. Oh what could have been.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91778e40) out of 5 stars Avante Garde Arkham Asylum 25 Dec. 2012
By Garrett Wroblewski - Published on
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I'm always thrilled to get an original take on Batman's Rogue's Gallery, and Sam Keith's Arkham Asylum: Madness is certainly that. Unfamiliar with his previous work (aside from my friend's glowing review of his creator-owned book The Maxx), I was unsure what to expect. What I got was an experiment in mixed media art that, while not my usual cup of tea, was quite enthralling in its willingness to explore such a bold visual palette.

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+
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920f8b58) out of 5 stars Inconsistent and mildly entertaining. 23 July 2010
By J. Saenz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First of all I want to say that I didn't know about this graphic novel was coming up. So it was a surprise when I saw it at my local bookstore. At first glance it has one of the coolest covers I have seen and has a very original (and modest) author bio.

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, 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?"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914ef5ac) out of 5 stars Prepare to enter the gates of Arkham 24 Sept. 2015
By Phoenix - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've never been a fan of comic books until I read this. The story and the art pull you in. You begin to FEEL what it is like to be within the walls of this asylum and it's truly maddening, but in the best way possible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914ef57c) out of 5 stars Interesting peek into the staff of Arkham 17 Mar. 2013
By QuickMan - Published on
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This was an interesting look into the staff of Arkham, though I feel that more could have been done with the doctors and their interactions with the inmates. There were lots of potential story setups that were left untouched, and a few plot threads were left hanging at the end. Not a bad read, but I feel that it could have been better.
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