Monday, September 30, 2013

A Scary Comic Book For A Scary Night!

(A Very Scary) Greetings and Salutations!
Batman has always been a character happy to live in darkness. He does his crime fighting by cover of night, he wears dark colors to be scary and threatening to bad guys, his mental health is probably a little on the dark side (possibly teetering precariously on the edge of sanity), all this makes for comics that can sometimes be very dark and very creepy. For October, the Professor wanted to find a creepy Batman story, one that can give the reader chills and get them in the mood for the Halloween fright fest.
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth by Grant Morrison, is such a story. Set in the most horrible, darkest, and violent detention center in Gotham City (what would you expect from a place that houses all of Batman's worst villains? As expected, it is going to be horrible, dark, and violent place!), the worst possible scenario has occurred: the inmates have taken over the facilities and are demanding Batman as ransom for the staff! Of course, Batman complies to the demented demand and enters into a world where his psyche and strength will be tested to their breaking points. For someone like Batman, who is already messed up in the head, this is going to be true torture indeed. Along with facing his most evil foes, Batman must survive a journey through his own personal hell. What will happen? Well, go read it, dear readers.
The Creepiest Cover? Wait till you see the inside...
Similar to bad pizza nightmares?
Dave Mckean's art perfectly compliments Morrison's story. It is filled with shadowy figures, dark corners, and hidden doors all representing Batman's inner tortured mind. This is no sunny day story, this certainly puts the dark in Dark Knight. For mature readers, of course. One of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean's best, it serves to tell a story that is aimed squarely at the festivities of a dark and scary Halloween. Muahahahaha.....

Until next time, brave comic book readers!
Professor O

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