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Cover to “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth” 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Dave McKean, 2014

DC Comics.  McKean’s art illustrated the seminal 1989 graphic novel written by Grant Morrison (republished here five years ago in a deluxe edition).  The modern video game, “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” is only loosely based on the book.  It is easy to confuse the two because the original graphic novel is also alternately called “Batman: Arkham Asylum.”

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“Oh mother, what tree is this?”

“Oh mother,

“What tree is this?

“What wounds are these?

“I am Attis on the pine.

“Christ on the cedar.

“Odin on the world ash.”

— from “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth,” by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dave McKean

People tend to think of either “The Dark Knight Returns” of “The Killing Joke” as the seminal “dark” Batman graphic novel.

I suggest that this trounces both of them.