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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Mti edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232559
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,012 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

About the Author

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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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.

Customer Reviews

Very well written, and very consistant with the main story of the game.
Kristofer Miller
This book fills in what happens between Arkham asylum and Arkham city. it's worth the money.
Ronald regan
He has played the video game and loved the connection between the book and game.
Melissa

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43 of 50 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
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By die4write on January 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As stated before, this is a supplement to the video game. As a non-gamer, I still bought it because I am a huge Batman fan. However, the story by itself isn't great, but not bad either. Eventually, I went ahead and bought the game, but found that the book didn't really add much to the experience. However, the art and visuals were really good.
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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
i like this story. some of my favorite bat stories involve arkham and this one is becoming a fav. the art work is good but its the story that draws me back. another comic that got lost with the flood of new 52,get this solid,under-rated comic and enjoy.
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By Cyrus Dillinger on January 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It's good to have the what happened next story line that leads you into the next game. Great set up. Looking forward to playing the game.
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