I recently read “Batman: Arkham Asylum” by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean and just wanted to share a couple of quick thoughts I had about it.
While I could discuss the artwork (which is pretty fantastic) or the story line (which was…interesting), I’m going to mention the font choice. That’s right the font. I know in graphic novels/comic books/comic strips/other graphical art writers/artists like to use different font styles and colors to really get across how the character speaks. The right font can say volumes about the character and who they are.
But there are difficulties with this. After reading “Batman Arkham Asylum” I came away with a headache at trying to decipher the font choice used for the Joker. Don’t get me wrong, I think it definitely shows the Joker as a crazy unstable character. But the red font on top of just the art itself was extraordinarily difficult to read. I had to squint to make out the words and for me it disrupted the flow of the storyline. What could have been an excellent read for me was only so-so.
*I should note this was the 15th anniversary edition so perhaps there isn’t this trouble in other editions*