Comic books I’ve been reading

I’ve been reading a lot more comic books than is normal for me recently. I think it was most likely spurred on by the release of Dark Knight, and now the announcement of Batman Arkham Asylum. Before Dark Knight I read The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, which was fantastic.

Sticking with the Alan Moore theme, I read Watchmen last week. I have been meaning to read it for a long time now, and the upcoming movie gave me a timeframe in which I’d need to complete this objective. Watchmen was probably one of the best comic books I’ve read, which isn’t really surprising, seeing as it is often given that title by critics. I really loved the characters and Rorschach was especially great. I cant wait to see how he’s done in the movie.

Last night, after reading Game Informer’s feature on the Arkham Asylum game I decided to read Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth by Grant Morrison to get some of the backstory. The art was very cool, and painterly, and incorporated stylized photographs at times. I really loved the way that the Joker was drawn, though my only problem with the book was the legibility of the Joker’s speech. They didn’t put it in bubbles and it was written in bright red scribbly text and was super difficult to read. Other than that it was pretty good and fairly disturbing. I’d recommend it if you’re at all interested in the game.

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