Batman Arkham Asylum 15th Anniversary Edition
Author: Grant Morrison
Illustrator: Dave McKean
ISBN-13: 978-1401204259
DC Comics, New York, 2004
216 p.

GENRE: Graphic Novel, Superhero

TEASER: The prisoners of Arkham Asylum have taken over. What do they want? Batman.

SUMMARY: The criminals of Arkham Asylum have taken over. Among these inmates are Two-Face, The Mad hatter, Killer Croc, Clayface, Scarecrow, and many more. They are led by the joker. Their demands? Batman must be handed over to them where they will make him a prisoner of Arkham Asylum.

CRITIQUE: The anniversary edition includes a section at the back that is the full script and notes from Grant Morrison. It also contains the thumbnail layouts from the original project. The art for this book is some of the best I’m seen in a graphic novel. It is not the usual crisp and clean style that we are used to seeing with superhero comics. The story and the art are dark and eerie. They transport you into one of the darkest Batman stories ever told.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Grant Morrison is a Scottish graphic novel writer and playwright. He has written stories for JLA, Fantastic Four, New X-Men, and The Invisibles.


ABOUT THE ARTIST: David McKean is an illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. He has designed the covers of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book.


READING LEVEL: General Adult

CHALLENGE ISSUES: This graphic novel contains dark themes and heavy violence.

DEFENSE: I would suggest looking at the ALA’s support page for challenged materials.


BOOKTALKING IDEAS: There is a lot of violence in this story? Did you feel it was necessary to the story or added more for drama?

WHY INCLUDED: I wanted to include a superhero graphic novel. This one appealed to me because of the art and the dark story.