This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
Mr Etaoin Shrdlu
: I was just about
to put this on YKTTW
. Anyway, good article, someone may want to consider rewriting the description - the current version is directly lifted from The Other Wiki
Matthew The Raven
: Is this necessary?
- Your Mileage May Vary: A hauntingly brilliant insight into the inner psychology of Batman and his enemies, or a pile of shit that uses pretentious symbolism to make its overblown psychobabble seem deep? You be the judge. (For a long time, the opinion was that of the former).
Do we have to put one of these on every work?
Lynceus: Well, to be fair, YMMV -is- true of almost every work, but it tends to be used for examples that are especially polarizing, with Arkham Asylum falling well into that category. For instance, I was actually unaware that the general reaction to the comic was positive, if indeed it was. I myself, and the reviews I've read (admittedly only a couple), tend towards a kind of lukewarm-cool reaction to the comic as a whole, and a "...Seriously, WTF Grant Morrison?" reaction upon reading all the supposed symbolism that was in the script. Clayface is Batman's fear of sexuality? A psychotic version of Batman isn't a borderline schizophrenic adrenaline junkie, but rather a man so emotionally vulnerable that a simple word-association that reminds him of his mother's death can bring him to the verge of completely breaking down? Isn't the death of his parents, you know, Batman's main motivation
? Hell, just look at the entry about the inmates insanity "echoing backwards in time." This troper thinks its good to acknowledge that there is a chunk of the population that finds the symbolism to be utterly pretentious in a Batman story, especially one that is somewhat lacking otherwise.