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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: 0.8 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,100 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

This book helps fill in the gaps between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
MKP
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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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
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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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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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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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By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2014
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Unless you are fascinated by the video game, there is no reason to read this story. Paul Dini usually turns in a good Batman story, but this book falls far short of his high standard. The whole story could easily be told in 2 pages; (Multiple spoiler alert) Joker is dying, walled section in Gotham is set up for criminals, Hugo Strange is doing the behind-the-scenes control-freak thing.

There must be 200 better Batman books than this one. I could name 30 easily. Go find a list of good Batman books and get something from that list instead. You can thank me later.
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This book helps fill in the gaps between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The series has become probably my favorite 'universe' since the New 52 reset.
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By James Stephanek on July 1, 2014
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This is a nice companion book that shows what happens between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The art is nice and captures the mood.
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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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