Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A review of Arkham Asylum: A serious house on serious earth
Grant Morrison's classic comic arkham asylum: A serious house on serious earth is haunting, it could easily give you nightmares. Dave McKean's artwork drives the story, making the mysterious Arkham Asylum a real place. There are so many minor details in the artwork that the reader will either obsessively examine everything or be left fearing some subtle symbol has been left in their subconsciousness. Interspliced within the comic is the journal of Amadeus Arkham, who founded the Asylum but also suffered from insanity due to the death of his mother and daughter. Unlike most Batman comics, there isn't much action in arkham asylum. His sanity is tested as the inhabitants of the Asylum (including the doctor) suggest that he belongs with them. The reader is left turning page after page, wandering if some revelation about Batman and the Joker will explain the nature of insanity itself.