BATMAN ARKHAM CITY by Dini Hitting Comics Before Consoles


Batman: Arkham City is one of the most anticipated games of 2011, after the 2009 release Batman: Arkham Asylum pleasantly surprised fans with a solid story, fantastic fighting mechanics, and a Batman that felt like the character they knew and loved from years of comics and other mediums. To stoke that flame higher, DC Comics announced today via press release, a comic book bridging the gap between the two games will begin hitting stores May 2011.

Batman: Arkham City will be a six-issue mini-series by the writer of the games (and legendary producer of Batman: The Animated Series) Paul Dini. Carlos D'anda, who did concept art for the game, will provide the covers and interior art for the comic, further connecting the two and using the established look within the series. Every issue will be available same-day digitally for cover price, $2.99, and there's an extra digital twist. Between each issue of the comic, there will be an 8-page digital-exclusive $.99 "interlude" which wil wind up in the collected edition of the book, likely hitting alongside the game's release in the fall.

The series, according to the release, will bridge the gap between the two games with a story that begins one year after the events of Arkham Asylum. New Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has closed the asylum and quarantined an entire section of the city to be the new expanded Arkham. Dr. Hugo Strange is in charge of the new area, and as the epic cinematic trailer revealed, he knows who Batman is, and has plans for young Mr. Wayne.

The first two issues of Batman: Arkham City will ship in May 2011, with monthly releases thereafter. The game will follow in fall 2011.

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