Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Madness by Sam Kieth Review

Ever wonder what a day in the life of an Arkham Asylum nurse is like? Me neither but here we have it anyway with Arkham Asylum: Madness. And it’s fucking boring!

I thought Sam Kieth’s art was unusual and quirky when I first saw it in The Maxx but over the years it’s just devolved into looking sloppy, lazy and ugly - some of the pages are such poor quality they look like a photocopy of a photocopy! The character designs are among the shittiest I’ve ever seen: Harley has dreads, Two-Face is a ‘roided out thug with a do-rag, and Scarecrow literally has his mouth sewn shut - so how can he speak?! 

As for the pitiful non-story, our personality-free protagonist wanders about hearing dull stories about Joker and which doctor is sleeping with which nurse. Kieth writes such an uninteresting, predictable and lame Joker, fucking with a doctor by putting glass in his lunch. 

There’s nothing but outright stupidity throughout. Why is Killer Croc - who’s drawn like an actual crocodile - in a tank full of gallons and gallons of water set at the top of the building? Why not put that shit on the ground floor or basement?! Why are there enormously tall ceilings where clocks are set out of reach of anyone? Why are there therapy sessions at 1am? Why are inmates allowed to wander freely from their cells throughout the night?! Garbage storytelling. 

The real madness is DC hiring Sam Kieth to make Batman comics!

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