Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1: The Official Prequel to the Arkham Trilogy Finale Hardcover – July 14, 2015
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This collects Issues 1-4 not 1-6 like the description on here states. Usually these books have 5 or 6 issues so I was surprised.
I hope Volume 2 contains 5 and up since the description for it says 7-12 which I feel might be wrong.
This also comes with a free skin/costume for either PS4 or XBONE which is awesome. My codes worked perfectly.
Can't wait for more volumes.
The AC comics had a very focused story, showing Batman investigating Quincy Sharp's plans for Arkham City, and eventually learning of the involvement of Hugo Strange and trying to figure out how to stop him. The plot line of the AK comics jump around quite a bit, and they end up feeling like "A year in the life of Batman" rather than a meaningful story. Much of what happens in the comic doesn't factor into Arkham Knight's storyline. Bruce Wayne's initiative to repair Gotham is never mentioned, and the schemes of Batman's various supervillains have nothing to do with their role in the game.
Batman's characterization is shaky as well. In the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DLC for Arkham City as well as several short stories in Arkham Knight, it's said that Batman became darker after the events of Arkham City. He's much more well adjusted in the comics, and more willing to try to appeal to the base humanity of his foes rather than just beating them up. Some of dialogue seems poorly suited for him as well. I don't care if he's not in costume, Bruce Wayne would not say "Burrito me!" darnit!
The comics are still worth a read, I just think they could've been more intertwined with the game they're supposed to be set before. I guess it's somewhat fitting in that just as Arkham Knight's story was weaker than the previous games, so was the comics.
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It's a good story, with great artwork. Here, Batman comes to terms with the Joker's death and, while recovering from his injuries (incurred during the Arkham City game), he begins to feel unwell ... something is very wrong with him. This hardback edition consists of the first 4 comics the series.
If you're a fan of the game and you're interested in knowing more about this Batman's universe, this book will be of interest.
But Batman's enemies, too, are more motivated than ever. Even as the joker's tricks & traps continue to wreak havoc, the bloody throne of the clown price of crime is vacant. Villains from the Penguin to Harley Quinn to the terrifying Scarecrow himself are plotting to seize power.
Yet an even greater threat lurks in Gotham's shadows. A new vigilante has come to town, wearing high-tech armour & killing criminals wherever he finds them. But his true target is Batman himself, & this Arkham Knight will stop at nothing to take the Dark Knight down.