Batman’s Arkham Asylum is probably my favourite Batman story after Hush. And just like Hush and The Killing Joke, Arkham Asylum is so abstract, so artistic, so unique, that I believe it’s a must-read for everyone, and not just Batman lovers.
Arkham follows Batman and Dr. Arkham in two parallel narrations set in Arkham Asylum, a place well-known for DC fans. The two tales are woven together in a gripping tale of mental illness and losing one’s identity. Batman is not exactly out of character- but he’s not exactly in character either. He’s put in a situation he’s never been in before, so readers get to see a different, unexplored side of his character. It’s not enjoyable, but it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The abstract nature of the artwork, the way everything was written and illustrated added to the story’s surrealism, making reading this comic an other-worldly experience, not just a casual Sunday read. I seriously can not find the right words to describe the way this comic book made me feel; I can only compare it to listening to a song that speaks to you while you’re drunk.