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DC Comics Announces Batman: Arkham City Miniseries

Paul Dini, writer of the two games takes on the series due in May.

It's not often that a video game based on a comic book has both great gameplay and a great story. With Batman: Arkham Asylum we had just that. The game was fun to play and you could see the time and effort put into it, not to mention the fact that Paul Dini, writer of Batman: The Animated Series along with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill were involved. 
 
We've seen the trailer for the follow up game, Batman: Arkham City as well as some images but that hasn't been enough to satisfy our need for more. 
 
As if they heard our pleas, DC Comics has announced a six-issue miniseries in May that will bridge the gap between the two games.  The series will be written by Paul Dini with art by Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City concept artist Carlos D'anda
 
What will the comic deal with? 
 == TEASER == 
Batman: Arkham City picks up one year after the first game. The new mayor of Gotham, Quincy Sharp has closed down the Asylum and establishes Arkham City, a heavily fortified section of Gotham City. Inmates can roam freely and do whatever they want as long as they don't try to escape. To run the prison, Sharp puts Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, in charge. (Find out more about Hugo here). 
 
Each issue will have a cover price of $2.99 and will be available day-and-date digitally worldwide as well. There will also be 8-page digital-first interludes that expand the story of the miniseries. These will be written by Dini with art by different artists. They will focus on the different villains and be available for .99 cents (they will later be available in print in the Batman: Arkham City collected edition). 

 “The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher, “The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won’t be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries. Fans will also be able to read these interludes in print later, when we publish the collected edition.”    

The first two issues will be published in May. Will you pick up the series or just wait for the game in the Fall?
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Posted by CRAIG

Cant wait loved the first game.

Posted by CaptainUseless

I'll definitely try and get the issues. 

Posted by Caligula

I will pick the series up. It seems like it could be cool. Non-Canon stuff can be really fun some times. And if it's anywhere near as good as the first story it should be pretty awesome.

Posted by InnerVenom123

This should be interesting.

Posted by Kid_Zombie

LOVED this first game, just got 100% complete with torphies on it the other day actually (i'm such a nerd ha ha) love that art! cannot wait for this game!

Posted by Billy Batson

yay

Posted by Shadow27

This is a good idea to have a miniseries, people would probably have a lot of questions when Arkham City come out. 

Posted by Supreme Marvel

Might buy this.

Posted by johnny_spam

So DC had done a Red Hood mini for the animated movie the DCUO Legends series for the DCUO game and now this for the Arkham game. The whole unification of comics and other media at DC is really showing it's signs maybe a Green Lantern book will come out based on the movie. The gold thing would be a comic book taking place after The Dark Knight and before The Dark Knight Rises to set things up and resolve Joker.

Posted by howlettgrowl

I like Bat's suit better than the new one...and I like to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Silkcuts

I care more for the game then this mini.  I would read it in trade I guess, but not in singles.

Posted by kennybaese

I dug the concept art for Arkham Asylum, and I think it'll fit pretty well with Dini's writing. I'm pretty excited about this, though I think I'll end up waiting until the collected edition comes out before I buy.

Posted by Caligula
@johnny spam said:
" So DC had done a Red Hood mini for the animated movie the DCUO Legends series for the DCUO game and now this for the Arkham game. The whole unification of comics and other media at DC is really showing it's signs maybe a Green Lantern book will come out based on the movie. The gold thing would be a comic book taking place after The Dark Knight and before The Dark Knight Rises to set things up and resolve Joker. "
the Dark Knight gap-filler comic would be nice.
Posted by danhimself

man I can't wait for this game....I really love to see comic book character stupid mistakes play out..like how could Mayor Sharp possibly think that it's a good idea to move all of Arkham's crazies into the middle of the city??   I love that!

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Sweeeeet!!!!!!! 
Batman makes me happy..especially taking down Arkham inmates.
Posted by ObsideonDarman

I really hope this turns out well, I will be picking this one up depending on the reception it receives.

Posted by sora_thekey

Is this parallel to what happened with DC Universe Online?

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I will pick this up

Edited by NightFang

I can't wait to play the game and I'll read this miniseries also, but I would prefer another animated 
base of Arkham Asylum/City.

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

This is so much goodnews!

Posted by NXH
@sora_thekey:  No, mate. It's not.
Posted by NXH

Wow! Will deffently pick this up when it comes out on hardback.

Posted by carnivalofsins00

Dini's writing, yeah, I'm picking this up.

Posted by batmanboy11

Hope my LCS gets the issues.
Posted by Pizawle

I'll get it collected if I hear good things.

Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

wuuuuuuuuhhhhuuuu thats an awesome idea !

Posted by shadowpdf

Dini always writes a good story, especially Batman.  But I'll pick up the collected version.