Saturday, March 14, 2009


Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 128
Format : Graphic Novel
Reason for Reading : 999 Challenge

A dark Batman graphic novel from DC Comics. The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over the institution for the criminally insane and the Joker is threatening to blind one of the young female staff if Batman does not go and meet them inside. It is April 1st and they all want revenge on the man who put them in there, Batman.

The collection covers how the asylum came to being by the brilliant psychiatrist Amadeus Arkham. It was origianlly his ancestral home, but when his mentally ill mother kills herself he begin rennovations to turn into the asylum. It has a reputation for being cursed and the truth about Amedeus slowly comes out along with his journal revealing the truth behind the man.

Batman must face his own demons and possible madness to restore order and find out how the patients got free. A real look at the nature of madness and Batman's character. THere is a great line where the inmates want to remove his mask near the beginning and see who he really is to which the Joker replies that his real identity is in fact Batman. There are also some great scenes with Harvey Dent/Two Face and the nature of choice. The asylum is trying to open up his choices from the two sides of a coin to the 78 choices in a tarot deck.

Dak illustrations throughout. A disturbing and violent read, it stnads alone and you don't need to have much knowledge of Batman besides the basics.

3 comments:

Nymeth said...

I've been curious about this for a while. It's hard to go wrong with Dave McKean illustrations. It sounds very dark, but worth reading all the same.

Kailana said...

I have read some Batman graphic novels in the past, but it has been a while! This one looks interesting...

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh seriously cool! Arkham Asylum was one of my favorite things in the Batman animated series