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Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum

Book rating: 04 Paperback Batman

By (artist) Dave McKean, By (author) Grant Morrison

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  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 257mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1401204252
  • ISBN 13: 9781401204259
  • Edition: 15, Special edition
  • Edition statement: Anniversary edition
  • Sales rank: 2,891

Product description

Written by Grant Morrison Art and cover by Dave McKean In celebration of the 16th anniversary of the critically acclaimed Batman story that helped launch the U.S. careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, DC Comics is proud to present a softcover edition of the ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY EDITION, reprinting the now-classic confrontation between the Dark Knight and his archnemeses the Joker, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and more in the black heart of Gotham City's house for the criminally insane. This graphic novel is well known for its psychological intensity and probing portraits of Batman and the Joker, as well as groundbreaking art that influenced scores of artists by introducing a new school of storytelling and technique to comics. This special edition also includes Morrison's complete original script annotated by both himself and editor Karen Berger, many of his original thumbnail breakdowns, step-by-step samples of how the story and art came together and much more!

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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 currently reinventing 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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By Adam 16 Aug 2013 4

Grant Morrison and Dave McKean did something totally different on this one.
Story is really different from every other Batman story. It's a little bit spooky so it's not really for children. And drawings are really great and unique.

This is Batman like you never seen before!

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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 "The art of this story is striking, beautiful, and yes, today's secret word: disturbing."--NEWSARAMA