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"Morrison's first big commercial hit—and his first shot writing Batman, a character he would spend a great deal of time with over the course of his career—was this ground-breaking graphic novel featuring the grim, twisted artwork of painter Dave McKean. In this darkly poetic, psychologically rich tale, Batman faces off against the Joker, Two-Face, the Scarecrow and other villains inside Gotham City's house for the criminally insane."—ROLLING STONE

"Grant Morrison and Dave McKean explore that connection in Arkham Asylum, one of the finest superhero books to ever grace a bookshelf."—IGN

"Between Morrison's esoteric writing and Dave McKean's gorgeous painting, this may very well be my nominee for the definitive Batman story. Yes, even more so than The Dark Knight Returns, Year One, or The Killing Joke. Exploring both Batman and his rogues equally through significantly different characterizations than typically seen in the main DCU, Morrison boils these characters down to their essence while providing a chilling mystery story set within the confines of Gotham's home for the criminally insane."—CRAVE ONLINE

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Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning with his legendary runs on the revolutionary titles ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written numerous best-sellers — including JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men — as well as the critically acclaimed creator-owned series THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. Morrison has also expanded the borders of the DC Universe in the award-winning pages of SEVEN SOLDIERS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN, INC., and he is reinvented the Man of Steel in the all-new ACTION COMICS.

In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.
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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 25 Anv edition (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401251242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401251246
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and All-Star Superman.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnathan Soares on April 1, 2015
Format: Hardcover
If you're a true fan of Batman, then you know that the many villains he squares off against are completely and utterly insane. Of course, Batman typically has the upper hand through his extensive knowledge of martial arts and various high-tech devices, as well as knowing the intricacies of Gotham City inside and out. But what if you were to take Batman out of his comfort zone? What if, instead of having him face his rogues gallery on the streets of Gotham, where he's at his prime, you take him out of his element and lock him inside a dark, scary asylum where he's on the run from villains such as the Joker, Killer Croc, the Mad Hatter, and more?

Basically, everything I mentioned above is the premise behind Arkham Asylum. Batman has become the prey in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and whether or not he'll last the night rests on how far he's willing to go physically, mentally, and even spiritually. He encounters many different villains, each one exhibiting a different mental disorder vividly brought to life by Morrison's brilliant dialogue and characterization. These aren't the sarcastic, witty one-liner spouting villains you might expect; they're genuinely disturbed individuals who really do seem to require mental help.

But the focus of the story isn't solely on Batman plummeting into the depths of madness; it also highlights the life of Amadeus Arkham, the psychiatrist who originally opened the asylum. Arkham's story, much like Batman's, is a dark tale that sees a once passionate doctor come to be broken in mind, body, and spirit by forces outside of his control. His story is one of occult practices (he actually hung out with Aleister Crowley and Carl Jung) being incorporated into psychology in an attempt to understand the twisted darkness that lurks in every human soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celise Hartgrove on March 11, 2015
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I bought this comic for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day.. he thinks I'm pretty darn awesome because I always get him THE perfect gifts. Well, this was no different. The second he saw it (me too) it was love. The art work is phenomenal and the story is so familiar that it's utterly satisfying. Definitely a must have for any fan of the Arkham games. (I purchased this myself!)
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By Brandon Meyers on March 21, 2015
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story is great... artwork is also amazing, but one takes from the other. plus side is if you read it twice, once with words and second focusing on visuals, you get the full effect. great first Grant Morrison batman story overall.
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Great story, I decided to get it with the BATMAN PS4 for arkham knight. It has really nice drawings definitely not like the new 52, but still looked great and the story was really good too. A definite must have for BATMAN fans!
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Bordering on the psychopathic, Arkham Asylum is chock-full of symbolism and brilliant artwork. Not for kids!
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By david on June 26, 2015
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Great read. The Joker is chilling and the flashbacks are quite haunting
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Great read, definitely a good issue to buy.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Toscano Zavala on December 10, 2014
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This book is just pure gold. I love the edition, with a few extras and the original paper. Love it!!
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