In 1920, following the death of his insane mother, the brilliant
psychiatrist Amadeus Arkham begins the conversion of his ancestral
home into a hospital for the treatment of the mentally ill,
little suspecting that he has set in motion a nightmarish
chain of event and consequence. More than half a century later,
Arkham Asylum for the criminally insane has been taken over
by it's inmates. Led by the Joker, they issue a challenge
to the one man responsible for their imprisonment - the Batman.
The Batman must descent into the heart of darkness, confront
his greatest fears and learn the truth of his own experience...
or be broken...
bought Arkham Asylum when it was originally released
and I can't believe that was 15 years ago. In
hindsight, it's not as "amazing" as I remember it.
Sure it's pretty, but the story is incredibly shallow. In
fact, the basic premise could have been written on the back
of a stamp.
may be getting old, but the Joker's "wacky" speech
(reprinted in red) is incredibly hard to read. I really don't
think we should have to squint in order to work out what he's
saying... but we do.
new edition doesn't really offer anything new. There's Grant
Morrision's original script reprinted (if you give a hoot)
and some rough sketches, but that's your lot.
you already own this, or can pick up the original release
second hand, then I wouldn't bother with this edition. However,
if you don't and you can't, this is still worth getting hold
of. Although, like me 15 years ago you'll probably only read
it once and file it away with your other Batman books.
eye candy - nothing more.
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