- Series: DC Comics
- Comic: 128 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (October 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0930289560
- ISBN-13: 978-0930289560
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman: Arkham Asylum Comic – October 1, 1997
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Basically, Arkham serves as a Jungian metaphor for the mind, and all of its inmates represent the hidden aspects of the unconscious, with the Joker representing (in my opinion) the Trickster archetype whose role is to challenge and tear down the conscious mind, often with humour, and sometimes at the risk of destroying it. Batman himself serves to represent the conscious facade (i.e. those parts of one's personality people present to the external world while trying to suppress the unconscious) trying to keep the inmates (the unconscious) locked behind walls. Therefore Batman, with his mask, trying to keep the inmates in the Asylum is the perfect metaphor for Jungian psychology.
However, as the artist, McKean, has pointed out in interviews, Batman himself is not the picture of rationality, dressing up like a bat to fight crime, just as Jung points out the Facade is not a totally sane representation of the Self.Read more ›
Two, that it is "Suggested for Mature Readers" on the back cover as it's probably one of the most unnecessarily violent and ghastly graphic novels ever published under the Batman title, although, I definitely think - regardless of it being at times a bit too disgusting for my taste - that it's also one of the most original and beautifully illustrated narratives ever created for the genre. The superb artwork is perfect for the story with its surreal, dreamy, and suggestive look, even if, on occasion, it gets a little difficult to follow, especially with certain clashing combinations of colors and typographies. Still, the lavish intricacy of the compositions and the broad range of techniques used by the artist are a spectacular visual feast worth the price of the book alone.
The dual story, told in a nicely interwoven parallel, on one hand, explores Arkham's past and how his reasons for founding the asylum derived from decisions he made during the most crucial points of his life, and on the other, focuses on Batman's present day mission to go inside the asylum and, while confronting the insecurities about his own sanity, regain control of the facility after it's been taken over by the Joker.Read more ›
I have always considered the Batman to be such a poetic character, and so this story is unique and fun to read in such its own unique, psychologically thrilling way. Writer Grant Morrison's idea in his book are mystic and focus mainly on the symbiosis between Batman and the insidious psychopaths he has time and time again helped incarcerate. "A Serious House on Serious Earth" is a Bat tale unlike any other, because the characters each represent something. Everything in the story is depicted as some form of symbolism, and include the works of the psychology of Carl Jung, the works of Joseph Campbell, and Lewis Carroll (Bat villain Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter, plays a particularly symbolic role here). The villains-Joker, Two-Face, Clayface, Mad Hatter, Maxie Zeus, Killer Croc-each represent important symbols, even Batman himself is a form of symbolism in this tale; Dave McKean's chaotic and mystic artwork is very effective in backing this up (each page actually feels like the inside of the mind of a madman).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this unique graphic novel. Everything about it seemed fresh and I flew through it.Published 7 months ago by Charles
Great item. Fast shipping. An excellent addition to my collection.Published 15 months ago by A. B. Crain
-“Afraid? Batman's not afraid of anything. It's me. I'm afraid. I'm afraid that The Joker may be right about me. Sometimes…I question the rationality of my actions. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Clay R. Haase
nooooooooooooot a hard cover it was in good shape but not as described which was hard cover its paperback .Published 21 months ago by abdulrahman
Based solely upon his 2006-2013 run, Grant Morrison might be the greatest Batman writer of all time. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sam Quixote