DC Comics brings us the horrifying story of ‘Arkham Manor,’ written by Gerry Duggan with art from Shawn Crystal and coloring from Dave McCaig. What would happen if Arkham inmates moved into your home?
The legendary home for the criminally insane, Arkham Asylum, is destroyed. The mayor of Gotham City uses an executive order to force Bruce Wayne to turn his family home into a new facility until the new building is made. This frustrates Wayne until he hears about a double murder that happened to two of the more tamer inmates. This prompts Bruce to go uncover into the asylum, interacting with Mr. Freeze, Clayface, and Zsaz where he must look for a killer. Meanwhile, the Joker is waiting in the wings.
The artwork is stellar. The dark themes within the pages truly brought out the tale and fleshed out the themes of the terrifying being terrified. At first, I did not know what to make of this story. The premise seemed like a gimmick, but boy was I wrong. Gerry Duggan gives a truly exceptional story. Wayne Manor is forced to house Arkham’s worst and seeing them being afraid of a killer in their mists is a frightening proposition. Likewise, it is a twist to see Batman have to protect them.
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