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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.

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3 comments on “Batman: Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary”

  1. Thoroughly haunting, disturbing, and alarmingly beautiful As a fan of Dave McKean’s art since the early 90s, I first read this astonishing book way back then. At the time, even though the only Batman comic I’d read previously was The Dark Knight Returns, I found it thoroughly haunting, disturbing, and alarmingly beautiful. Grant Morrison is a brilliant writer and no one does what Dave McKean does, not back then and not now. But now, thanks to a steadily growing number of Batman comics fresh in my mind, I’ve re-read this book with new eyes and...

  2. A very interesting psychological examination of Batman and his rogues ... A very interesting psychological examination of Batman and his rogues gallery. A different kind of story, and a definitely a different kind of art style, but a must read for any Batman fan, or anyone interested in the more mythical/philosophical implications of superheroes.

  3. Visually mind melting, but a little vague. 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...

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