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Arkham Asylum (Batman: Arkham #12)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,665 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
(Contiene Arkham Asylum: Living Hell 1-6, Showcase 94 3, Showcase 95 11)
Ultimo numero! Siamo ormai giunti alla conclusione di questa collana su cui si sono avvicendati alcuni dei più importanti nemici del Cavaliere Oscuro. Per celebrare l'occasione, quest'ultima uscita sarà dedicata proprio ad Arkham, il manicomio criminale. Il volume raccoglie la miniserie Arkham Asylum:
208 pages
Published by Planeta De Agostini (first published March 1st 2004)
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Sam Quixote
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A crooked banker (is there any other kind?) thinks he’s being clever by having his trial moved to Gotham where he’s found not guilty by way of insanity. Except in Gotham? The crazies go to a place called Arkham Asylum, a Living Hell that makes Federal prison look like a cakewalk!

I’m familiar with Dan Slott’s work on books like Superior Spider-Man and Silver Surfer so I was curious to see if his Batman was as good – n to the ope! He definitely did far better after moving to Marvel than he ever d
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, batman
I enjoyed this. I mostly know Slott from his Spider-man and other Marvel stuff, so seeing him do something creepy and in the Batman-verse was cool.
Dr Rashmit Mishra
first up , let's make this clear , this is not a Batman story . If anything Batman is just here to make a few cameo appearances . That said this was a fascinating read , as we read about few low-key Members of Batman Rogue Gallery and their lives inside of the Arkham Asylum and it all surrounds the life of one in mate who in his ignorance tried to get away from his crimes by pleading insanity but at Gotham that doesn't help you go Scott free it lands you in a place worse than Jail , in Arkham As ...more
Andy 117
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book. I think it's important to flush your mind of preconceptions, though. For one, it's very much not a Batman book - he makes the briefest of cameos, and though Arkham is littered with familiar faces from his rogues gallery, it very much focused more on original characters and their voices than any existing ones. Secondly, it has little, if anything, to do with the Grant Morrison story, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, save for the location and title (though, if yo ...more
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Let me first say this: although I liked the book, things just got a little too freaky for me.

One of the things I've admired Gotham-verse for is it's tight grip on reality--excluding elements of characters like Poison Ivy and Clayface. This comic seemed to destroy a little bit of that for me, what with all this summoning people from Hell and ghosts running around Arkham, dealing out vengeance to the inmates.

Honestly? Even if that whole plot was only Scarecrow's fear toxin, an opinion it seemed l
To call the main characters of Living Hell even "third-string" Batman villains would be generous, but Dan Slott reminds us that characters don't have to be popular to be interesting. Across six issues he builds a compelling tale of the world's worst nuthouse.

If you dislike supernatural elements creeping into Batman stories or require the Dark Knight himself as the focus, this won't be for you. It's also extremely creepy in tone and fairly graphic - I would normally expect something like this to
Gianfranco Mancini
Far better than Slott's run on Spidey!
And Dr Arkham with the face and manners of Bill Nighy made me laugh a lot! XD

Michael Emond
One of those books that I expected more from. It started off really strong but by the end it had lost its cleverness. Slott is a great writer and is doing amazing things with Spider-man. This book is all about Arkham Asylum, a new inmate who basically swindled people out of their retirements and decided an insanity plea would save him hard time - but it gets him sent to Arkham instead. And an ordinary sleaze like him won't survive long there. The cover has a big picture of Batman but be warned - ...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
I love Bat-books that are't Bat books. I love Bat-books that are about the people living in the world alongside Batman. Gotham Central did this beautifully by looking at the cops who work in that crazy city, and Living Hell gives us a view from inside Arkham, framed around a smarmy asshole who thinks he got off easy by getting a change of venue.

It's a strong read, filled with a mix of well-known and mostly forgotten villains. The focus of the story is on the people inside the Asylum, not on how
Michelle Cristiani
I loved the premise - convicted big shot thinks he'll be better off in Arkham than in prison - but something about it didn't pan out for me in the end. It was neatly wrapped up, and the new characters in Arkham were really interesting. It may have been me as I'm easily confused by time twists in plot, but I had trouble figuring out the timeline. I also got confused by which character was which. But I give it high marks on premise and (bad guy) character development.
Living Hell lives up to its name—its characters are at once repulsive and grotesque, intriguing and damaged. Batman is hardly anywhere to be seen, and while that might put some readers off, the inmates' antics are enough to hold your undivided attention, although I confess I got kind of lost by the end. Funnily enough it makes less sense to me than Grant Morrison's take on Arkham Asylum.
An amazing story, especially since Batman only puts in a rare appearance or two. Essentially a series of shorts following several of the inmates at Arkham. The stories are tied together by following a new character who thinks he's tricked the system by being found not guilty by reason of insanity, but is receives a sentence worse than life in prison: yep, Arkham. What goes on there is everyone's worst nightmare, and then some. I started wondering why Batman didn't get involved to help this - whi ...more
Nicolas Bateman
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Amazing and Superior Dan Slott carves a tale out of the flesh of Arkham's inmates. His creation is both frightening and scaringly easy to relate to. Some of the characters introduced in this story have now developed a life of their own in the main Batman title and it is not particularly difficult to understand why when seeing the roundness of such characters as Fish and Jane Doe
David Schaafsma
Just making my way through the Batman catalogue... this is one that is less about Batman than this place.. and not as brutal or scary as Grant Morrison's version but better than I expected it would be...
Jamie King
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I like the Fish character introduced here. I wish he was in Gotham (TV Series) instead of how it got casted.
Overall, didn't like it. Few redeeming qualities but it did kind of freak me out so I'll give it 2 stars instead of one.
3:0 to Tom, although it was a bit too gory for me.
Michael Padilla
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Man what a mess this book was.... To start, this isn’t a Batman story, he makes the briefest of cameos, which is fine. I like Batman stories where Batman isn’t in them, if that makes any sense. This is more of a story about the bench warming villains of Gotham who currently occupy Arkham Asylum. It’s all kick started by Warren White “The Great White Shark”. He beats jail time by claiming insanity but lands in Arkham Instead. He soon realizes how screwed he is when he sees the absolute madness he ...more
My god. I got nothing resembling joy reading this. “Batman” is in the title to sell copies. This is not a Batman comic imo. He’s in it for maybe a dozen panels through six issues as a very minor character. You get some vanilla/genetic portrayals of the rogues gallery with a lot of focus on Humpty Dumpty, too much for my liking.

I was really hoping the main (and pretty much only) story arc was the one around an arrogant millionaire who tries to elude justice through the insanity plea. Apparently
John Bonilla
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, dcccomics
Vaya, pues fue interesante, aunque siento que si se explayaron con Etrigan y los Skarva. No se si era tan necesario meter el ocultismo en esta historia, pero no molesta.
Si no hubiera visto Liga de la Justicia Oscura, no hubiera entendido mucho esa última parte de la invocación de demonios.

Lo que sí, es que la parte de Humpty fue muy buena al igual que conocer como fue el origen de El Gran Tiburón Blanco.

Muy buena historia, y aquí se puede demostrar como se puede crear una sin tanta necesidad de
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I still don't know entirely what I think of this. It had some good points and some ridiculous points but I couldn't tell from the tone if the ridiculous parts were "all in good fun" knowing winks at comic book conventions and so on, or if they were just par-for-the-course storytelling immaturity.
It is literally an Arkham story, not a Batman story so it lost my attention...
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bat man with a twist. It's really Batman's worst nightmares rolled up in one.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this was one of the weirdest Batman related graphic novel I've read so far.
John Wiswell
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All comics readers, dark fiction readers
I know, I know. Batman is for kids. But Dan Slott worked a bit of a miracle in this one, writing the best possible story that could have "Living Hell" as its title. It begins as national wish-fulfillment, seeing a corporate executive who scammed millions of families out of their pensions plea insanity to escape punishment. The judge hands down the only revenge he can: he'll be treated at Arkham Asylum, home of Batman's rogues gallery. What ensues is the revenge everyone in the country wanted on ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is always time for a Batman villain showcase and "Living Hell" was literally a riot. I had such a great time with this gallery of "bad guys" that I couldn't put it down. The story isn't exactly heavy duty and there are a few arcs running through at the same time but it's all in the name of a grand romp and pretty crazy creepy at the same time. Most of the famous villains make little cameo appearances but the focus is more on not-so-well known villains or ones created just for this volume. ...more
Taysha Charlton
I would actually give this three and a half :) This was really enjoyable considering I'm a huge fan of Arkham Asylum and the goings-on inside the sinister nuthouse. I really liked getting to know new characters and their back-stories. I was particularly fascinating in Warren White/Great White Shark, even though he's "the worst man I've ever met", I couldn't help but feel empathetic given his situation. I also really enjoyed Humpty Dumpty's back-story with an appearance from Batgirl! :) The only ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great and creepy story. A white collar Bernie Madoff type criminal thinks he gets off easy when he is found not guilty by reason of insanity. Unfortunately for him he was tried in Gotham City, and he is sent to Arkham Asylum, home to some of Batman's deadliest villains. The writer Dan Slott, who tends to write more humorous tales, sets a very creepy tone which is augmented by Ryan Sook's moody art. Several of the classic Batman villains show up, and the writer does a great job capturing their ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, batman, dc
When I sat down to read this I didn’t realize how literal a title “Living Hell” was going to be. Rhyming demons and vengeful ghosts are not personally my favorite plot points but it was still a very enjoyable story. Dan Slott never fails to entertain.

What I found to be especially interesting and fresh about this story is that Batman is a very background character making only a few short appearances. I think that really speaks to the Gotham universe and it vast collect of interesting characters.
Mark Schlatter
I am a big fan of Dan Slott's work, especially his Spider-man and GLA comics. This work has some of what I love best about his writing: great dialogue and dark humor. The set up (as Slott describes it) is the TV show OZ set in Arkham, and while we see some of the usual inmates from Batman continuity, Slott has invented some new villains just for the series. There's also two plots, one about a nasty billionaire who pleads insanity when caught cheating people (and thus is sent to Arkham) and the o ...more
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Dan Slott is an American comic book writer, the current writer on Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man, and is best known for his work on books such as Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, The Superior Spider-Man, and Ren & Stimpy.
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