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Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition
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Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition

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by Grant Morrison, Dave McKean (Illustrator), Karen Berger (Afterword)
 

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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

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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 demons.This is the critically acclaimed Batman story that helped launch the U.S. careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean. The classic confrontation between the Dark Knight and his archnemeses, this story is well known for its psychological intensity and probing portraits of Batman and the Joker.ARKHAM ASYLUM includes groundbreaking art that influenced scores of artists by introducing a new school of storytelling and technique to comics. This special edition also includes Morrison's complete original script, annotated by Morrison and editor Karen Berger, many of his original thumbnail breakdowns, step-by-step samples of how the story and art came together and much more.

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“ Morrison's first big commercial hit – and his first shot writing Batman, a character he would spend a great deal of time with over the course of his career – was this ground-breaking graphic novel featuring the grim, twisted artwork of painter Dave McKean. In this darkly poetic, psychologically rich tale, Batman faces off against the Joker, Two-Face, the Scarecrow and other villains inside Gotham City's house for the criminally insane”—ROLLING STONE
 
“Grant Morrison and Dave McKean explore that connection in Arkham Asylum, one of the finest superhero books to ever grace a bookshelf”—IGN

“Between Morrison's esoteric writing and Dave McKean's gorgeous painting, this may very well be my nominee for the definitive Batman story. Yes, even more so than The Dark Knight Returns, Year One, or The Killing Joke. Exploring both Batman and his rogues equally through significantly different characterizations than typically seen in the main DCU, Morrison boils these characters down to their essence while providing a chilling mystery story set within the confines of Gotham's home for the criminally insane”—CRAVE ONLINE
 
“The art of this story is striking, beautiful, and yes, today’s secret word: disturbing.”—NEWSARAMA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401204259
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Batman Series
Edition description:
Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning with his legendary runs on the revolutionary titles ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written numerous best-sellers — including JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men — as well as the critically acclaimed creator-owned series THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. Morrison has also expanded the borders of the DC Universe in the award-winning pages of SEVEN SOLDIERS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN, INC., and he is currently reinventing the Man of Steel in the all-new ACTION COMICS.
         In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.

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Arkham Asylum 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Neiman More than 1 year ago
While you could read hundreds, potentially thousands of Batman comic books and get the same result, this graphic novel manages to thoroughly convey the Dark Knight's mental state and issues in a short space. Additionally, the story involves a look back at a center piece of Gotham's underworld, Arkham Asylum itself. The artwork may present a hurdle for many traditionalists, but the presentation fits with the story and aids the theme of the piece. I wouldn't recommend this book to the casual Batman fan or even a moderate reader of comic books, but for anyone looking for something with a bit more depth and some mind blowing art should be clicking the purchase button immediately.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
The artwork is astounding and the plot is absolutely surreal. A must read for someone looking to read alternative Batman but just alternative entirely.
Ashen7 More than 1 year ago
The art in this book only appeals to a very specific demographic. I, personally, didn't care for it at all. The story itself is not all that bad, but I just could not get past the visuals. They really don't add anything to the book for me, and I find they take away from it more then anything. This book is one of the few I have ever returned. I found it very difficult to tell what was actually going on in several of the pages and some of them are almost unreadable; especially when The Joker is talking. I also find that the way Batman is represented in this book is uncharacteristic; Not only in art, but also in the way he behaves and what he says. I would stay away from this book. If you're looking for serious Batman, check out The Joker by Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arkham Asylum is by far the best batman comic I read the style of art is amazing and dark its just ...amazing!
datsuryouku More than 1 year ago
Firstly, the Joker in this story is the real deal. I achieved a much higher scope of understanding of his character psychologically vs. the superficial 'I'M THE JOKE' tones I've interpreted from other graphic novels. If you're a fan of the Joker, hopefully you receive the same rich interpretation I gathered from reading this deliciously dark story. I enjoyed learning the creepy history of the asylum. Throughout the entire story, I was captivated, although I must admit the artwork does get a bit confusing and distracting at times. However, it matches the tone of the story. In other words, it wasn't distracting to the point where it took the great depth of some of the characters. This definitely is not your traditional representation, in fact, it's about the one and only ARKHAM ASYLUM, one of the most darkest, psychologically thrilling fused places of Gotham City. I suggest sitting alone and getting lost in this read, it's definitely another world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nananananananana........batman
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but the art is atrocious. I seen past the art and looked at the story unlike most people. The art was original, but... it was eye straining. The story was one of the best I've read of batman's. If you are looking for a great [batman] story its right here, other than that beware
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was very good as far as the origin of Arkham Asylum goes. It goes into very great detail and describes how the asylum came to be. The thing I disliked most about it was the art. It looked like someone was inspired to make a mess on a page and very poorly make the characters. It made everything really hard to understand and when there were fight scenes I couldn't tell what was going on. Aside from the bizarre, sloppy art it was a fairly good batman tale and something all batman fans should have in their collections.
bat-geek More than 1 year ago
i was just a beginner with batman when i picked up this book. this book definatle got me hooked on batman. it is a short read but definatley worth it! this made me a batman addict and i hope it did to whoever else reads it. p.s. does anybody know if there is a sequel to this book? just tell me in one of your reviews if there is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best Batman stories I've ever seen, and undoubtedly the most psychologically driven story in the Dark Knight's career. The story is extremely good, but what sets this one apart is the art. The way it is drawn makes the insanity of the Arkham prisoners tangible, and many times while reading it, I felt as though I myself were going mad as well. The sanity of Batman himself is even called into question at many points throughout the story, as he is tormented by the inmates, most especially the Joker. This TPB is disturbing, yet at the same time fascinating, and I highly reccomend it to anyone.
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This graphic novel is absolutly one of the best ive ever read. Though quite short the story takes you on a ride through arkham on the night of aprils fools. Batman tries to keep his sanity and is life while being hunted by arkhams most colorful characters. This tale gives much insight not just into the dark knight himself but some of his most terrifying foes. I would recomend this novel to everyone.
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Great, dark story. And despite what others say, the messy artwork went well with the theme of the graphic novel.
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Ok so the story was hard to follow and the art was just TERRIBLE but it was interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think many people don't read "Arkham Asylum" because of the art, thinking that it's too unconventional. However, it really isn't. It's just really, insanely awesome. The genius of it is that it's not really about Batman, or Joker or even poor Jeremiah Arkham, who you'll meet in flashbacks. It's about Arkham, and what it does to you. While the story is very creepy at times, and it can get chunky, this graphic novel is a must read for all Batman fans.
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