Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Arkham City: The Order of the World #6 Review

Creepiness For Its Own Sake

Written by: Dan Watters
Art by: Dani
Colors by: Dave Stewart
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Sam Wolfe Connelly
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: March 1, 2022

Arkham City: The Order of the World #6 conclude the post-A-Day calamity story with a look at Professor Pyg's reconstituted version of Arkham Asylum. Does the Professor know how to treat the needs of Arkham's patients better than Dr. Joy can when the inmates truly run the asylum?

Was It Good?

Well, okay. This is the end, and the question you're likely to ask yourself is - what was the point? The question isn't a bad one in this context. It's meant as an examination of this series theme which is not entirely clear.

[Spoilers Ahead]

We catch up with Dr. Joy one week later after discovering the mastermind behind the "ghost" of Amadeus Arkham and the plan to gather the survivors of A-Day is Professor Pyg. his plan, put simply, is to convert an abandoned meat packing plant into a new asylum, a better asylum, where the unique needs of Arkam's worst can get the treatment they need. Dr. Joy chose to remain with them to keep doing her work, ultimately putting her own sanity into question.

Based on the synopsis above and reading the full issue, it's still not clear what this series was all about. Is a statement on draconian treatments for the mentally ill? Was it an attempt to say that sometimes crazy is a label that hides true magic? Is there no deeper meaning from Watters other than to have crazy people running around doing crazy creepy things?

Honestly, I don't know why this story exists or what Watters is trying to say.

In the end, Pyg's confidence convinces him to free the one inmate who shouldn't be freed and the whole thing falls apart. The last pages reveal that the new status quo is the same status quo we had when the series started but with several of the characters no longer breathing.

If you've enjoyed this series purely for the creepiness factor, you get more of that in the finale. Dani's stylized, blotchy art keeps nearly every panel in shadowy, inky darkness. The deaths are brutal. And the ending is final yet mildly predictable.

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Bits and Pieces

In all, Arkham City: The Order of the World #6 ends a creepy, atmospheric, violent story with more creepiness, atmosphere, and violence. That said, the ending brings readers almost right back to where we started, and the theme of the story is not entirely clear. If you're looking for style and atmosphere without much more, this book may be what you're looking for.


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