This is more of an aesthetic graphic novel. I thought the artist was successful in creating a vivid and disorienting environment and that you could almost hear the mice gnawing at the baseboards, almost smell the excrement and sweat, and almost hear the electric thrumming of monstrous villains who never really breached their allotted room in the haunted house... but still, it reminded me of that feeling like moving through a haunted house. I suppose any characters could be replaced with Batman and Joker and the book would have been the same and in that way I can see why some fans might have been disappointed. But I kinda get the feeling that the main character of the book wasn’t meant to be the Caped Crusader or the Clown Prince, but Arkham Asylum itself. That said... I do dock a star just because it doesn’t quite fit the Batman world as much as it could have.