Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth/YMMV

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  • Awesome Art
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Call it sick if you want, but Batman defeating Doctor Destiny by pushing him down a flight of stairs is audaciously, "I'm-the-goddamn-Batman" hilarious.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment: "I almost wish she need never grow up."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Joker's crack about Robin was written before Jason Todd had died in the regular books but the book came after. Morrison noted all it did was add another layer to the Joker's audacity in saying it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Oh yeah.
  • Sequelitis: A "spiritual sequel", written and illustrated by Sam Kieth and entitled Arkham Asylum: Madness, was released in 2006.
  • Squick: Take your pick, really.
    • Clayface's... "condition" comes to mind.
    • There's also Batman driving a shard of glass through his own palm.
    • In the early sketches, the Joker was supposed to be dressed as Madonna.
    • Grant Morrison said that the illustrator suggested a bearded Joker, symbolizing Vagina Dentata.
    • The implications (and imagery of sexual abuse in the Arkham family are disturbing enough, without Amadeus Arkham talking about his daughter Harriet.
      • "..and She is so very intelligent. And so very beautiful. I almost wish she need never grow up."
      • Implications? The panel where Amadeus is in the carnival and facing the "Tunnel of Love" was disturbing enough where it really wasn't a mystery what went on between him and his mother.
  • The Woobie: Two-Face.