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Batman: Arkham City Hardcover – October 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Mti edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232559
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Paul Dini] is the perfect writer for the Dark Knight."—THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS

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An all new epic bridging the gap between the hit game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and its exciting, upcoming sequel BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN, BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM) is the game's writer and now tells this essential story that both gamers and Batman fans will want to read. Artist CARLOS D'ANDA provided visual concepts for the game and now brings his insider's expertise to this dark thriller.

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It's good to have the what happened next story line that leads you into the next game.
Cyrus Dillinger
This is a must read for fans of the books movies and the video game it is an amazing read with some of the most notorious villains in batman history.
Bryce Palmer
The Good -> Paul Dini & Carlos D'Anda, The Art & Extras - This is a great collection as the art of Carlos D'Anda is truly AWESOME.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Tiger CK on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am usually not one for reading graphic novels that are based on or designed to promote video games. But this is Batman: Arkham City. It is based on a video game that is in a class by itself. And this is the work of Paul Dini, one of the most innovative comic book, cartoon and Batman writers in the field today. Although the folks at DC/Warner used the comic book to help create hype for the video game, this was a rare case when they just so happened to do excellent jobs with both.

The graphic novel Batman: Arkham City collects the five issues of the comic by the same name along with special digital comics and combines them into a single volume. Together they tell the story of how Arkham City, which of course features prominently in the new video game, came to be created. It picks up six months after the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum left off in a sweeping story arc that manages to incorporate a veritable rogue's gallery of Batman villains.

As a graphic novel, Batman: Arkham City had a lot of work to do and it does most of it pretty well. For one, it had to make the development of a giant prison that takes up a big chunk of Gotham seem compelling and logical. It succeeds on this point. It also had to find a way to bring in many of the popular Batman villains that will appear in the game. It manages to do this for the most part as well and even does a decent job of developing their roles and characters. At the same time, graphic novel is so focused on achieving these tasks (especially introducing the key villains) that the plot slows down a little bit. This is especial true toward the middle where the Joker is brought in but nothing really seems to happen.

I am a big fan of Carlos D'Anda's artwork in the series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jat on November 22, 2011
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I bought this book because I wanted to know what happened in the 1 year between the two games (Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City). I suggest you read this book before you play Batman Arkham City!!!
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As an avid video game and Batman fan, and somebody who tends to buy as much extended material as possible, this book was always a given for me.

Similar to the original 'Road to Arkham' comic, this graphic novel serves to lay the foundations of the game. Sadly, one does get the feeling that this novel was more of an afterthought, perhaps as a bit of a cash-in alongside the popular game - mainly because most of the story this novel seeks to establish, the game achieves within minutes of its beginning, with next to no reference to this book.

Despite this, there is much to be appreciated with the original art style and storyboard complexion, which resonates with original Batman comic material. I personally feel that if this was the product of an appreciative fan lending their nod to the game, this product may be better received; however, it is likely that the authors are in fact fans of the game and the Batman lore, and for that reason I'll spare any criticism that this is a bad product, as it is not.

The Batman Arkham City graphic novel is a decent accompaniment to the game, although there isn't a great deal of original story to be missed, in comparison to other game tie-ins a'la Assassin's Creed the Fall/Chain, or the Max Payne digital graphic novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jess on November 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this for my hubby. He loved it, said the story was great. We got this right as the game came out so the stories matched up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Wagner on August 26, 2013
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My grandson loves this story. Batman is his favorite super hero and he really got into reading this. An easy way to get a kid to read.
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Format: Paperback
Paul Dini is an excellent writer. From his work on Madame Mirage and Detective comics, to the new Batman cartoon shows, to writing for the LOST television show, he is a writer for writers.

Here, he's written a five-issue story, collected here, to go with a new Batman video game. Usually this would produce a story of limited depth, but Dini creates a story of great power and depth.

Two problems:
1) The story seems to end prematurely. I'm guessing there will be an Arkham City 2.
2) The "digital chapters" at the end, though also written by Dini, are not nearly as good. The pacing is a bit rushed, and they don't really add anything to the main story.

That aside, the main story is a fun one for any fans of Batman. A worthy addition to the Dark Knight canon.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a story that takes place after Arkham Asylum but leading up to Arkham City.
When I saw Carlos D'anda's artwork in the character bios area of Arkham Asylum I wanted to see more. I LOVE his character designs! So I was very happy with the art of this graphic novel.

I have to totally agree with an earlier review in saying this is a strong tie in to a video game. The story is really enjoyable and there are some suspenseful moments. The ending narration by Hugo Strange is a perfect lead into the Arkham City game.

If you have the Arkham games and want the whole story then get this graphic novel!
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By Cassandra on May 17, 2014
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This book gives a lot of really great background information for the game, and should probably be required reading before playing. While you don't need this book in it's entirety to play the game, it does make a lot of plot points more clear. The artwork is great and the storyline is absolutely fantastic. It's a Batman classic in it's own right.
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More About the Author

Paul Dini is the multi-award-winning writer of many scripts for Batman: The Animated Series, and has also written for the Superman and Justice League animated series. His comics work includes Batman: Black and White and Batman Adventures. Dustin Nguyen has pencilled the critically acclaimed WildCats 3.0 and The Authority.

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