↠´ Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth ¿ Download by Ú Grant Morrison This is not your traditional Batman tale Some people won t like it In fact, Batman seems like a normal man when confronted by the horrors within and acts in very non Batman ways There s a two part story here where we switch back and forth to the founder of Arkham and why he turned his mansion into a facility for the mad and Batman trying to navigate his way through the madness of Arkham Batman action is minimal This is much of an emotional journey There is distinctive lettering for different characters and massive amounts of symbolism so several things will be missed by the casual reader Think of this as a true nightmare tale for Batman Sometimes the symbolism is a bit much and gets in the way of the tale This graphic novel influenced a video game of a similar title but that one is action based It als The Inmates Of Arkham Asylum Have Taken Over Gotham S Detention Center For The Criminally Insane On April Fool S Day, Demanding Batman In Exchange For Their Hostages Accepting Their Demented Challenge, Batman Is Forced To Endure The Personal Hells Of The Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two Face And Many Other Sworn Enemies In Order To Save The Innocents And Retake The Prison During His Run Through This Absurd Gauntlet, The Dark Knight S Must Face Down Both His Most Dangerous Foes And His Inner DemonsThis Is The Critically Acclaimed Batman Story That Helped Launch The US Careers Of Grant Morrison And Dave McKean So after buying this book for the third time in my life today the first, a hardcover edition that all the pages eventually fell out of the second, the paperback edition sans script that now sits across the country with the rest of my books I decided it was worth going on Goodreads to wax poetic about it Because goddamn I love this book I got it right after the 89 movie came out, of course, and was absolutely terrified of it it sat on my nightstand and gave me nightmares regularly, until I put it away for years before revisiting it again in my late teens.
But I d never bothered to wonder what anyone else thought of it It s so weird and relatively incomprehensible that I wouldn t recommend it to people trying to get into comics, and most people who are into comics have already read it, I imagine despite, as I said, n 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 into the asylum to stop him and enters a nightmarish netherworld Meanwhile, the troubled life of the asylum s founder, Amadeus Arkham, is explored The story is one long rambling mess, which is part of Morrison s intent It s designed to be dream like and to read like a song and therefore, as a comic, it s difficult to follow or really understand I get the impression the symbolism of the tarot is important but the book didn t make me interested enough to want to pursue a deeper understanding of it Batman s characterisa I have read many a poor overrated Batman story in my ten odd years as a fan, but this much referred to epic may take the cake As a Batman story, this is a total failure Batman acts completely out of character almost from the beginning When walking into a hostage situation masterminded by the Joker, he strikes up a conversation with his archenemy rather than planning how to rescue the innocents involved When Joker shoots a hostage in the head across the room from Batman I think the bizarre art style makes it nearly impossible to tell what is occuring at times , Batman makes no attempt to save the hostage or capture the Joker.
In fact, the story seems to be allegorical than literal, by showing Batman conversing with many of his rogues gallery foes rather than fighting them But rather than a meaningful point, the book seems to Arkham Asylum is the best graphic novel I ve ever read for two reasons writing, and art.
This isn t your average WHACK POW comic book In fact, there is almost no violence or glammed out secret weapons Grant Morrision takes us through a masterful exploration into the psyche of Bruce Wayne, a man who suffered a tragic loss at an early age and formed a very clear alternate identity Is he a crime fighter, or does he suffer from MPD Multiple Personality Disorder , and does it even matter.
Set in the halls of Arkham Aslyum, home to inmates like the Joker and the original MPD superstar, Harvey Two Face Dent, this tale is creepy as you begin to realize that this particular fight will not be done with fists and bat belts.
The only thing that tops the writing is the art Dave McKean uses traditional and digital media to create a
What a fucking mess The painted artwork was appalling, the story line was incoherent, the dialogue was barely legible, and, most importantly, the portrayal of Batman was all wrong This felt like a second rate haunted house horror that Batman was wedged into, and poorly at that Batman s encounters with various villains felt thrown in, in a cheap name dropping way, his decision making was baffling to non existent, and the story s resolution hanging on a coin flip was absurd The back story to Gotham s Arkham Asylum was done much better in the Batman Arkham Asylum video game If I d read this first, I may never have played that game due to fear it was this bad I only did decide to read this after seeing it on multiple best graphic novel lists How can so many lists be so wrong And how is the Goodreads rating so high What Sorry, guys Didn t like it.
I have a headache and my eyes hurt.
Not joking here.
One of my eyes is actually throbbing.
Yes, only one.
I m going to take some Tylenol