Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean

Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious EarthBatman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a peculiar Batman read, one that I felt didn’t really go anywhere. The story is split in two, part of it explains how the founder of Akrham Asylum turned his home into the Asylum and the other half shows Batman entering the Asylum to quell an uprising by the inmates. The former part I found interesting while the latter was just a bit uneventful. Various characters make an appearance such as the Joker, Two-Face, Clayface and Zeus but none of them really do a whole lot. Batman wanders the Asylsum for a bit and then leaves. I suppose the most interesting part is it shows how Batman feels on a bad day, the fear that has driven him his whole life and whether he is just like those he fights against.

The artwork is very strange, and works well to an extent in conveying the insanity of various characters. It does an excellent job of depicting The Joker in a much creepier and more horrifying light, which the character very much is. The use of different lettering styles for different characters is also interesting, however it did at times makes dialogue very difficult to read, especially from The Joker. I had to really focus on the lettering with those to work out what he was saying.

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