Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (often shortened to Batman: Arkham Asylum) is a Batman graphic novel written by Grant Morrison and. Batman book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In this groundbreaking, painted graphic novel, the inmates of Arkham Asyl. In this groundbreaking, painted graphic novel, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gothams detention center for the criminally insane on April Fools .
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Paperback Verified download. It is not super easy to follow who is thinking in the narration, and the imagery is so literally dark that you will need to read this in bright light, and with good vision to be able to read the splatter paint font selected for The Joker's dialogue.
This book reads like a riddle. However, I give it five stars for Dave McKean's underrated art alone, but the story was not bad. I think I just wanted a more final type ending, but I don't expect to get what I want, and I was enjoying how they wove the different narratives and timeframes together. This is more of an art book than a comic, except the pages very much read in the classic comic order.
Grant Morrison is a brilliant writer and no one does what Dave McKean does, not back then and not now. Kindle Edition Verified download. This was an enjoyable read, but maybe a little shorter than I expected. The art really compliments the horror style of the story as well. I would say my main criticism is that the ending felt a little abrupt. Not necessarily a bad ending but it felt like a lot of build up to come to an abrupt ending.
I would still recommend it though, just because of how unique it is. A very interesting psychological examination of Batman and his rogues gallery. Hardcover Verified download.
This is a pretty good graphic novel and the artwork is very interesting however the font mixed into the artwork makes seeing the words a bit difficult at times especially on the jokers lines. It covers an intriguing story for the dark knight many Bat fans already know but its worth the add to your collection.
One person found this helpful. Grant Morrison is always very hit or miss with me. When he is on, I am in love, but when he is not, I am disappointed. This story was in the middle for me, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. Overall, I liked the story, there were a few things that bugged me, like that barely anything happens yet Batman cuts himself almost immediately. 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 View all 35 comments. May 24, Keith rated it really liked it Shelves: So after downloading 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 So after downloading 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.
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, never having talked about it with anyone. So yeah! Goodreads kinda hates this book! I mean, not everybody, but a lot of people! And Batman comics are not the kind of thing that generally creates polarized opinions, if ya know what I mean.
And sure, everyone argues if Killing Joke or Year One or Dark Knight Returns is the best one, but it's generally assumed that ONE of them is your favorite and then a couple n00bs in the back start saying that either Hush or Long Halloween is the best, and we throw them out with the Alan Moore whiny guy. But Arkham Asylum?
I dunno man. It's a weird friggin' book.
It's apparently like the best-selling graphic novel of all time. It rarely comes up in discussion. And Goodreads kinda hates it.
Everyone who complains that Grant Morrison's cleverer-than-thou new age fruitiness is too naked here is right. And that Dave McKean clearly rendered Batman as a black splotch because he couldn't figure out how to draw him, that's also obvious. And that Batman acts completely out-of-character -- he doesn't save anyone, he lets people kill each other, he has no discernible plan, he admits he's just scared and then leaves at the end -- yeah, those folks are right too.
Not like we have hero complexes - but like we're alone on the edge of an abyss, either the sanest or the least sane in a strange dark world? You don't have to be thirteen in your bedroom listening to the Cure to grok that, man. And yknow, I'm glad there's a fucked-up scary Bat-book where Batman is just doing all he can to stand upright in the face of muddy horror, you know?
With its facile Crowley references and lame-ass anglocentric Tarot-based page layouts or whatever. Cuz good lord, some days your whole world feels like an ominous Tarot reading, no matter how far you get from that little kid who was scared of his own comics twenty years ago.
I'm glad there's a book out there where my buddy Batman has a bad day too.
Loves you, booky-book. Loves you. No matter what the little piggies say. View all 10 comments. Nov 18, Shannon rated it liked it Shelves: 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 more of an emotional journey. There is distinctive lettering for This is not your traditional Batman tale. 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 more action based. It also influenced Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker. December revised review end of April I'm not quite sure how I feel about Batman: Arkham Asylum. The story isn't to my liking although the Joker grabbing Batman's arse is something one doesn't see often.
Also, I found the art style too weird. View all 3 comments. 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 more 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 meander until it becomes a random melange of images with little relation to one another.
Batman accomplishes next to nothing by the end of the story, with little explanation as to why. It is as though he started a mission, then thought better of it and decided to take a walk through Gotham Park instead. In the end, this book is somewhat reminiscent of the film "Batman Returns"-- truly bizarre, with a completely different "Batman" than whatever iconic version lodges in the minds of his fans the early comics, the campy 60s TV show, the 90s animated series, etc.
However, while Batman Returns is original enough to watch for mere discussions' sake, and at least offers a story of Batman fighting to protect Gotham citizens, this unfortunate graphic novel is worth reading only for the most completive Batman fan. This book is, in short, postmodern garbage. View 1 comment. Oct 16, Sam Quixote rated it it was ok. Based solely upon his run, Grant Morrison might be the greatest Batman writer of all time.
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. But for page after page of interior art?
And when he does draw distinguishable figures, they look like poor Simon Bisley facsimiles. It seemed like an original and viable means of treatment for Two-Face. Oct 15, Marc rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Arkham Asylum is the best graphic novel I've ever read for two reasons: 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. Set in Arkham Asylum is the best graphic novel I've ever read for two reasons: 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 world that feels as crazy as it's written to be. The echos in Batman's head are shown in a fashion that you can almost taste and smell. I found myself saying, "yes, that's what that thought or feeling must LOOK like. If you read one graphic novel in your life, and if you want to see that even the most pop-star of comic heroes can be gritty and real, read this book.
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Mar 28, Gianfranco Mancini rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely not just a graphic-novel. This is a dream-like lynchian descent into madness. A masterwork. View all 6 comments.
Jan 26, Madeline rated it it was ok Shelves: Let's face it, the guy was a nut, he might as well have been singing "Hello Dolly! Apr 12, Briar's Reviews rated it it was ok Shelves: I love comic books, but this one didn't do it for me.
I didn't like the art style, even if it was quite beautiful. For me, this style of comic didn't do Batman justice. It seemed very messy to me, and it didn't let me focus. I think this art style could work well with other characters, but not one where I want to pay attention to detail.
It just felt to fuzzy. There's footnotes in this edition, which seems really weird to me. Why does a comic book need footnotes?
Shouldn't you be able to get the p I love comic books, but this one didn't do it for me. Shouldn't you be able to get the point across within the story? At least there was a script at the end to understand what was going on. It just seemed really weird to me that I had no honest idea what was happening. It didn't seem like a Batman comic, more like a parody of a Batman comic. Having to go back and forth between the comic and the script also left me incredibly frustrated.
I don't understand how this comic book was supposed to hit audiences. The idea of having the inmates takes over Arkham Asylum seems awesome and this could make for the best story, but this art style didn't do it justice. I could barely tell what characters were who, and I'm obsessed with Batman. I also didn't understand the haunted part of the plot. The allusions and references went over my head, and I felt like there could have been so much more added to make it flow better.
Overall, this book was super frustrating for me. I wanted to love it especially when I paid way to much to get my hands on this book but I just couldn't. I had high expectations and it came short. Two out of five stars. Dec 26, Julian rated it it was amazing Shelves: A batman tale at its best, as it reaches unflinchingly deep into the recesses of the human psyche. While the comic may be accused by some as symptomatic of an attempt at at best, pop psychology, I think the authors have done a marvellous job in portraying the differences by which Batman and The Joker are negotiating what are in essence, very similar psychological conflicts.
This is done on a backdrop literally seething with a brooding, menacing perceived threat of total disintegration, which was A batman tale at its best, as it reaches unflinchingly deep into the recesses of the human psyche.
This is done on a backdrop literally seething with a brooding, menacing perceived threat of total disintegration, which was in fact embraced by another main character, that of Arkham himself. An analytically minded reader will appreciate how each of Batman's villains in fact, symbolically represent in avatar form each of his specifc fears.
These fears make him human; while also confirming that his mask etc in fact serve as a defensive character armour which keeps the underlying guilt, abandonment rage and fantasies of revenge both at bay.
At the same time, the mask also allows for sublimation in his role as a 'dark knight'. This is the way fairy tales should be told well, especially for adults!
Super-heroes are no longer just an all pervasive, concretely 'good' force dressed in a pretty costume,partaking in a sterile and entirely logical world whereby 'evil' villains are routinely 'defeated'.
No, this is a more realistic albeit gruesome at times confrontation of life and its culturally suppressed opposites or should I say, inseparable shadow: Grant Morrison is always very hit or miss with me.
When he is on, I am in love, but when he is not, I am disappointed. This story was in the middle for me, I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. Overall, I liked the story, there were a few things that bugged me, like that barely anything happens yet Batman cuts himself almost immediately. I mean hes barely been in the place five minutes and he already can't take it? I just didn't think that represented Batman's strength very well.
I found the lettering terrible, there were points where I could not make out what the Joker was saying until I read it a few times. I did love the illustrations, I think they set the tone quite nicely I would not place this in my top 20 Batman stories, but I also would not place it in my worst either. It is probably not a story I will reread very often, and I don't understand why people make such a fuss over it. I would not call it a must have, I find Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin run much better and much more praise worthy.
A Serious House on Serious Earth - review. Comic Verified download. ASHoSE is one of the best graphic novels the currently accepted term for "comic book" I've ever read. Having said that, it is also one of the first I've ever read; not truly getting into the media until as recently as a few months ago. That said, it was interesting navigating my way through the image panels and making sure the dialogue spheres matched up in a way that made sense; it didn't take long to get the hang of it.
The artistry is exactly that, far superior to typical comic panels especially those that predate the 's. The story is riveting and I personally never expected a comic to be so profound. Amadeus Arkham and the second in a riveting cat-and-mouse thriller of Batman making his way through what he fears may be where he truly belongs.
Batman is summoned by request of the Joker and the asylum's inmates who have all taken over the facility to come for the hostages they've taken and to "play a game on hide-and-seek". Along the way, Batman confronts some of his most dreaded foes even the cheesy Maxie Zeus is given an intriguing reinvention, as well as the Mad Hatter, in his first portrayal of something far more monstrous than an mind-controlling madman.
The Joker is as maniacal as ever and hypotheses are put forth in an attempt to "quantify" his lunacy , and Two-Face has regressed into a truly pathetic state in an attempt to cure him. Throughout this game are shown flashbacks of the life of Amadeus Arkham, his founding of the asylum in memoriam to his mentally ill mother, further family tragedy, and his eventual descent into lunacy.
ASHoSE is not to be missed - though it probably should not be viewed by anyone under the age of 13, owing to its graphic nature. Regardless,t his graphic novel has earned its place among the best Batman, and DC Comics in general, of all time. This is not one to be missed. Black Mask and Professor Milo; disappointing, but not of any real consequence. See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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