Review: Arkham Manor, Vol. 1 by Gerry Duggan, Shawn Crystal (Illustrations)

Arkham Manor, Vol. 1Arkham Manor, Vol. 1 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars




Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na, Batman!

So, part of me thought this was pretty cool, and part of me felt meh about the whole weird Arkham-Is-Wayne-Manor thing.
For those of you who don’t know, this debacle is due to the goings-on that happened at the end of the second volume of Batman Eternal.
{Spoilery shit happened}
And now Wayne Manor belongs to the city of Gotham.
Aaaaaand…they’ve turned it into the new Arkham Asylum.


Also the art. The crouching, slinking, leaping, cartoony Batman was somewhat jarring. But, then again, somewhat cool!
I can’t decide.


This is a straight-up Batman plays detective story, and I liked that it was pretty much self-contained.
Krazy Killers, Killing Krazies!
Go, scruffy-faced Batman! Go!


Yeah, so as the title implies, everything happens at Arkham/Wayne Manor. Bruce is now living in a townhouse with Alfred, and driving back and forth to the Batcave.
That’s got to be one hell of a depressing commute, you know?


As soon as the inmates move in, the bodies start piling up. And it’s up to Batman to stop the killer from striking again!


Well, let’s be honest, the cops could probably care less if some wacko is offing dangerous criminals, right? I mean, I certainly wouldn’t if I were them. No hard feelings, Bullock. I woulda made the same call, buddy.


Anyway. Dead inmates!
Batman goes undercover as a newly incarcerated fellow by the name of Jack Shaw. Shaw is…basically Bruce in a mustache. Kinda like Matches Malone. He attends group meetings, uncovers secrets, and attempts to ferret out the bad guy.


Of course, at some point, he has to drop his Shaw disguise, in order to move about more freely. His new disguise?
Shaw in a white uniform!
Clever bastard. No wonder he’s The Batman!


Whatever. His lame disguises aside, this wasn’t a bad Batman mystery. And since it is a spin-off of the Batman Eternal storyline, those of you following the Batverse carefully may want to pick this up.
If nothing else, someone makes a reappearance towards the end of this, and I’m kinda interested to see where he pops up next.


Alrighty, I feel the need to pick on a few of these panels of artwork. They’re not bad, per say, but they made me giggle.

That mouth! Daaamn!
Does anyone else think those are some pretty jacked up teeth for a rich playboy? They’re all different lengths, and some of those fangs aren’t even canines. Plus, that one front tooth is veering dangerously close to Tom Cruise territory…
Mesmerizing! The more I stare, the more I can’t stop staring!


That’s some oddly jacked up footwork you’ve got going there, pal.
Just sayin’.


Awww. Wook at his widdle fists!
Those arms couldn’t be drawn more awkwardly if the artist did it on purpose. Am I the only one who thinks they look weird as fuck? Is he getting ready to break into the Chicken Dance? And his delicate ankle tapering off into that huge-ass foot? LMAO!


Ok, ok. I’m done.
*takes one last look at those teeth…dies laughing*

Anyway, I didn’t think it was horrible, but it probably wasn’t needed, either. It seems like there are a ton of Batman titles right now, and this one (while definitely readable) will probably fall into obscurity pretty quickly.

I received a digital copy from NetGalley & the publisher.

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