Headscratchers / Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

  • When Batman is surrounded by the inmates, he suggest to let Two Face decide his destiny and gives him a coin. Harvey reluctantly gets it and announces: He's free. At the final scene, we see him staring at the coin. It has the bad side. Does this mean Harvey lied to save Batman, or that he thinks that Batman punishment is to continue living in a mad world?
    • Morrisson seems to be suggesting in the script that Two-Face is sparing the Batman as an act of compassion.
      • That could explain why Harvey throw out the cards, he is already free.
    • There are a few possible implications. One is the symbolism of April Fools Day that the story takes place on, a day when everything is reversed and topsy-turvy, including Two-Faces dual compulsions. Another is the symbolism of rebirth thats present throughout the story, when Two-Face is given back his coin, he is reborn as a man instead of the shell he was, and in one last act of independence, chooses for himself instead of letting random chance choose.
    • I read into it being the coin saying it's Bad Heads to let him out - although, who is it Bad Heads for? But Harvey knows he can choose to do it anyway, whether it's a good idea or a bad one.
  • Anyone has any idea why the Scarecrow doesn't appear in this comic? Or he does appear, but I missed him? I think he is particularly convenient to show in a work like Arkham Asylum, but I didn't see him.
    • The Scarecrow appears in this comic.
    • Now my question is: Why Morrisson didn't give him some lines? He is a psychology professor, well read, and it could have been interesting.
      • It's a worthwhile question (Scarecrow is also conspicuously missing from the files at the end). I'd be hard pressed to think of Morrison ever having written the Scarecrow (feel free to correct me). Perhaps he dislikes the character for some reason.
      • I think Morrison gave Professor Crane, The Scarecrow true identity, a cameo in Gothic, A Romance as a teacher for young Bruce, in one of Batman's allucinations.
      • The version of the Scarecrow that appears in this graphic novel is meant to represent fear in its primal, maddended form, not the psychological one, hence his muteness and his spastic, frantic movement in the hallway.
      • Also, on a practical level Morrison's already juggling quite a lot of Batman's rogue's gallery in this particular story. He can't give everyone a meaty, juicy, substantive role in proceedings, so he presumably went with the ones he wanted to include or which fit the story he wanted to tell better, and presumably for whatever reason Scarecrow didn't fit in there beyond his brief cameo.
  • Why does Max Zeus eat his own feces?
    • He's in an asylum for a reason, y'know.
      • Yeah, but what does that symbolize with his God Complex or Greek Mythology
      • Maxie Zeus doesnt eat his own feces, he collects them in the oak chalice because he belives his divine matter will bring life to the barren earth, as part of his messiah complex.