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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  918 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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 inside ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by DC Comics (first published 2011)
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Kat Stark


You know when you sit down on the couch and start flipping channels trying to find a show to watch? They're all crappy, so you end up going, "Fuck it" and settle on some random one.

Turns out that random one was Storage Wars and yes, it's the same boring shit and drama as any other show, but you're going to keep watching anyway. You have no idea why, but you do.



That's my similar feeling for this graphic novel. I'll read it...even if it's not all that great.



The plotline is all over the place, but
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John Yelverton
I really hope the game is better than this prequel book, because it had no drama to it, and was the antithesis for the springboard it was supposed to be for the video game.
Jonathan

If you are a video gamer, chances are you will have heard of, if not played, Arkham Asylum or Arkham City. And if you are a gamer and have not played it I fully recommend doing so. While literary fiction is my number one love, movies and video games also have an interactive ability that immerses me in another world - whether it be the cool factor of blowing myself to pieces and not leaving a mark, or the brilliant and beautiful storytelling. Arkham City has both of those elements inside it - an
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Caitlin
This is another tough one for me to rate, particularly because the game is so damn good that any other representation is going to suffer a little in comparison. It was a little confusing as to when exactly in the timeline of the game the events in this story take place as it seems to bounce around quite a bit. Paul Dini is absolutely one of my favorite storytellers when it comes to Batman and ESPECIALLY when it comes to Harley. I really don't feel like anyone else can write her better. Dini does ...more
Jbainnz
This is a solid 3.5 for me!

So before I start I have to say, if you haven't played either of the Arkham games then you should probably give this a miss. This story will, for the most part, only make sense if you have knowledge of what happens in both games. Having said that, the Arkham games are some of the best, if not THE best comic book adapted games ever made. If you are a Batman fan, or a DC fan in general and you haven't played them, you need to get your hands on a copy. The story is beauti
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
To my understanding, this graphic novel is the novelization of the concept for the video game. Immediately, you might start to think it won't be that great. Wrong! This was good reading. I'm not that surprised, because I have enjoyed Dini's Zatanna books. While Batman doesn't let anyone steal the show, I liked how prominent the various narratives of villains and criminals was. It's more or less their story. It tells how Arkham city becomes what it is, and since it's a city for criminals, there y ...more
An Odd1
4-5* art (0* for subjects) + 0-1* plot = overall 2*. Just not for me. I hate counting slippery shiny pages, any pages. Chapters seem irrelevant when plot never goes anywhere or ends.

Stiff bodies, faces either frozen rigid or bug-eyed in alarm or anger. Emaciated sick Joker, grossly obese Penguin, scrawny stick Riddler, bulky Bane, and mostly Two-Face with exposed side of blood sinew and bone, plus bare green skin (couldn't her red hair curl seductively over appropriate parts?) Ivy, tight low-cu
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Sam Quixote
Set after the events of Arkham Asylum (the computer game), the Mayor of Gotham, Quincy Sharp, makes the baffling choice of segregating a part of Gotham City exclusively for the use of the inmates of Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum in an effort to better rehabilitate the prisoners (?).

If the premise sounds barmy, it’s because the Mayor is being controlled by the mad Doctor Hugo Strange who wants to defeat the Batman by luring him into his nefarious schemes. As a comic book the story is very w
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Angel
Feb 15, 2012 Angel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Arkham City video game
You know those cinematics they show now at the beginning of video games? The one where they have a little narrative to set up whatever story the game is supposed to have before you can actually start playing? That is basically what this book is. It is nothing more than the set up for the Arkham City video game. There is no conclusion because it leads in to whatever point the game starts at. Fans of the game will probably like this. Of course, you do have to get past the pretty preposterous premi ...more
Gavin
It was decent enough, Paul Dini doesn't write bad stuff and he knows all the characters well. If you hadn't played the game this might be kind of odd to read.
There's some fantastic art pieces, with a number of the rogues gallery each given a full page spread and they're all gorgeous.
Story focuses on Mayor Quincy Sharp and the construction of Arkham City (a successor to Arkham Asylum which was destroyed in the first Batman game storyline). It also brings in Hugo Strange and shows him to be aware
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Arthur Cravan
I thought this was going to be an adaptation of the story used in the game, so I spent the first quarter or so wondering when they were going to get done with the 'prologue'. So, the whole thing is the prologue to the game, & I thought it was pretty cool. The art was really great (I loved the full-page villains at the end) except for I think one or two of the digital shorts added at the end. The Carpenter's story was fine, but I remember its art sticking out as poor compared to the rest of t ...more
Sannie Hald
Jan 02, 2013 Sannie Hald rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Batman Fans
Recommended to Sannie by: Oliver
This is epic. A must read for Batman fans!
Zomick's  Bakery
The game was phenomenal, but this prequel book or name it how you would like it is not that great. You see the game is full of twists, side characters, and the plot braids itself to the mastermind that started this whole mess...

Not to spoil everyone's game, because it is really that great, this book offers a small portion of entertainment, a small level of adrenaline, and for all who read this book but didn't play the game - you should play it, it has (almost) nothing to do with this book, excep
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Joshua Elliott
While this book has good visuals, the story is lacking any real substance. I have played both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City video games, which are excellent in their own medium. The graphic novel serves as a bridge between the two games, something which didn't need to be done in the first place. Because both games are self contained stories with rising tension, resolution and the like; this in between space isn't fleshed out.
It doesn't read like any convincing backstory should, it seems like a
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Rex Libris
Arkham City is a far less deranged story than Arkham Asylum. Apparetnly it is the feed-in to a video game, and gives us the back story of different characters in the game.

The basic plot of the Arkham City story is this: the Mayor of Gotham City walls off a portion of Gotham City and turns it into a penal colony a la "Escape From New York." Batman investigates this and discovers a mad scientist manipulating the mayorto do this. What theends of this scientist are, we do not know, other than obviou
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Sam Quixote
Set after the events of Arkham Asylum (the computer game), the Mayor of Gotham, Quincy Sharp, makes the baffling choice of segregating a part of Gotham City exclusively for the use of the inmates of Blackgate Prison and Arkham Asylum in an effort to better rehabilitate the prisoners (?).

If the premise sounds barmy, it’s because the Mayor is being controlled by the mad Doctor Hugo Strange who wants to defeat the Batman by luring him into his nefarious schemes. As a comic book the story is very w
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Cliff Bumgardner
This book has its highs and lows, but overall it's good old-fashioned Batty goodness. It fills the gap in the otherwise great game, which was its story. I loved the Arkham City game, but the story felt rushed and incomplete. This book gives context and breadth to the game; it's a must-read if you want to get everything out of your Bat-gaming experience. I find it disappointing that after paying sixty bucks for a video game you also have to drop another twenty on a book to experience the whole st ...more
Bruce Nordstrom
I picked this one up at the library because I was curious by the message on the cover. "The lead to the highly anticipated video game." I think if I had had to pay money for this, I would have been real mad.

First, about the plot. The criminals imprisoned in Arkham Asylum have escaped in mass, and are now reeking havic on the citizens of Gotham City. And the city's response to this disaster is to put a big wall around the area, and pretend it hasn't happened. There are numerous subplots I won't t
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Slayermel
This graphic novel is the lead in to the Arkham City game, and was a great way to give the gamers a bit of a history before starting the game. It gives you a bit of background on some of the characters and lays the ground work for the situations that end up arising in the game.

The story revolves around Mayor Sharp deciding to section off part of Gotham City and turns it into Arkham City as the Asylum was destroyed during the riots. His vision is that the criminals can develope their own society
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Bookworm Amir
I finished playing the game of before (Batman's Arkham Asylum). Super amazing game, really.

Anyways for those who have finished the game, IT IS A MUST FOR YOU TO READ THIS COMICS. It truly acts as the link to the upcoming game Batman's Arkham City. If not, hope that in the game they will recap what happened in the comics, there.

However so, I just did not like the fact they did not elaborate sufficiently on the new Arkham warden-turned Gotham mayor to build Arkham City. It did not say it specific
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Eva Ebert
A collection of short pieces, which add details to the world of the Arkham games and in some cases help to fill out gaps in the narrative.
They are by different writers and artists, but in all cases the style is pretty traditional 'comicsy' and does not try to emulate the graphics of the game.
While it is perfectly possibly to play the games without ever reading this spin-off and not feel like you miss anything, it is still a nice addition and it always helps to have something - anything - to do,
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Jennifer
A friend gave me this because he isn't into comic books like me. It takes place in between batman Arkham alysum and batman Arkham city. It does fill in some major gaps but I feel like something was missing. It also felt very drawn out and I ended up losing interest about half way through, while still finishing it though.
Jacob
Public library copy.

I have never played the Rocksteady video games of which this comic book is based. As far as Paul Dini's writing goes, it's not as good as I expected. The art reminds me of a year one Nick Bradshaw. I heartily recommend Dini's Batman cartoons or his Detective Comics series over this book. The backup, digital art stories at the end of the book didn't look to be at professional standards and the last chapter of the main story was lazy in execution with a half dozen or more full
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Victor Orozco
Interesting tie-in to the video game injecting some of the story of the comics. I haven't played the game but I am interested in it a little bit more. Costumes are great and the idea is pretty interesting, not exactly NML but its similar. B
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Famous Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini helps craft the prequel tale for the Arkham City video game. After the Joker's defeat in the previously released Arkham Asylum game, we pick up with his incarceration and the new mayor's plot to house the former Arkham inmates in a walled-off section of Gotham. As both the Bat-lunatics and regular inmates are catalogued and shuffled off, Joker and Harley Quinn settle in to establish a new regime. Major players like Penguin, Bane, Riddler, Poiso ...more
Nick
This comic is basically a setup for the video game of the same name, and, perhaps because of that, the plot is quite weak. The story involves the hard to swallow, even for a Batman comic, premise that half of Gotham is turned into a giant Gotham by a mayor under mind control. It also involves a private army, various people being blown up but not even being injured, poorly-scripted scenes, press conferenes with only one television station, a mayor being protected by one van of cops after all the ...more
P.M. Bradshaw
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 chap
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Olivia
Just didn't do it for me at all. There was no real substance to the plot or to the characters. Except for one part at which the Joker incinerates someone, nothing really happened.
Patrick Najjar
As a bridge between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City this is wonderful. I have a much better understanding of the deeper goings-on within the game now that I've read it. As a Batman comic, however, it leaves something to be desired. There's no satisfying story arc since everything gets deferred to the events of the game and none of the many characters, particularly Batman himself, ever really get a chance to shine. That being said, I bought this volume simply to bridge the gap between the two games ...more
Levi
I read this book after finishing both Batman: Arkham Asylum (which was my Game of the Year 2009) and Batman: Arkham City (which was nearly my Game of the Year 2011, but Portal 2 edged it out) and it offers a nice detailing of the time between the games. Though you don't need to read this book or play Arkham Asylum before starting Arkham City to understand things, I recommend it. I wish I had read this before starting the sequel, because it's really an excellent primer for the game that helps me ...more
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