Arkham Asylum

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.

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