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Batman Arkham City TP (Batman (DC Comics)) [Paperback]

Carlos Danada , Paul Dini , Frederick Fridolfs
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12 Sep 2012 Batman (DC Comics)
Now in trade paperback - the epic story bridging the smash-hit video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City! - Collecting the 5-issue miniseries, including five digital-first chapters.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (12 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234935
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.9 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,463 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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back in Bat 2 Nov 2011
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
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 weak but remembering that this is a comic book to set up the video game Arkham City, it allows players of the game a vast array of options and an enticing playground where they can play as Batman, Robin, or Catwoman.

Anybody looking too deeply into the story will find flaws but allowing Gotham to be introduced means the player can control Batman in a cityscape, and introduces the supervillains of the Batman universe free reign to develop gangs and get more opportunities to go crazy. All to the good of anyone playing this game.

As a comic book, it's not bad. It's interesting to see how Paul Dini explains how the villains of the last game returned for this sequel and gives the reader a glimpse of what's going to be available in this game. We get to see Riddler play more of a role, Penguin, Catwoman, and Two Face are introduced, Poison Ivy, Bane, Zasz, and of course the Clown Prince of Crime, Joker, all return. All in all, it looks like an awesome game that I can't wait to play in 2 weeks time (the PC version that is, I don't have a PS3 or Xbox).

Not the best Batman comic book but a nice lead in and that's the point. Fans wanting more background on Arkham City the game will want to read this, Paul Dini provides a decent script, and there is some decent art throughout - but the book is really for fans only.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Elseworlds story 7 Aug 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This five-issue story, along with Batman: Arkham City Digital, has been collected as Batman Arkham City TP (Batman (DC Comics Paperback)). I see this as an Elseworlds story, as it obviously doesn't fit in with mainstream continuity - Robin looks like no Robin I have seen, he most resembles the Robin of the Batman films from the 1980s. It is also touted as the `lead in to the best-selling video game', though that in itself wouldn't have to push it out of continuity. The splash page shows batman punching-out a monstered-up Joker, who has been taking Titan, a souped-up Venom-like drug. This has had the fortunate side-effect of poisoning the Joker, who is now living on borrowed time, in Arkham. I don't know if this is merely adding to the back-story, or whether there in fact was a previous series set in this world. The Mayor of Gotham, who we meet just before a TV interview, appears to be a weak and ineffectual man, under the thumb of his psychiatrist, who uses him as a puppet - and we all know who that means. Anyway, the Mayor is dedicating a new city hall on the morrow, as the previous one was destroyed by the Joker (in a previous escapade), and is threatening a strong response to any future costumed capers on the streets of Gotham. We get a scene with Commissioner Gordon and Batman, establishing that there was a major incident involving Arkham in the recent past, and that the Titan drug is still causing trouble. Two formerly minor hoodlums have been monstered-up on Titan and have been sent to attack the city hall ceremony by a mysterious background character, one `Doc', the identity of whom we readers, of course, already suspect. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a great game 22 Oct 2011
I purchased this book to get me up to speed with the Story of Arkham City before I played the game and I'm glad I did. This book contains all five issues of the Arkham City prequel comic books and a few extra back stories thrown in about Hugo Strange, Bane, Robin and The Riddler. This really helps you to understand exactly what went on between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City that the game doesn't tell you and its a great read and collectible for any fan of the games and Graphic Novels, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great link between the Asylum and the City 12 Nov 2011
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This graphic novel needs to be viewed as a beautiful link between the end of Arkham Asylum and the opening of Arkham City. The artwork by Carlos D'Anda is nothing short of amazing and Paul Dini yet again proves himself to be one of the best Batman writers around. His Joker is sublime and Hugo Strange is brilliantly set up in this story as the puppet master and a match for Batman. If you love the games then buy this book to get an extra dimension.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent series, but only for fans of the game 29 Oct 2011
Arkham Asylum was the smash hit of 2009 and featured, in unlockable bios in the game and one pre-order bonus comic, the magnificent work of Carlos D'Anda.

D'Anda returns to the Arkham universe for a more fleshed out position of creating a full 5 issue series with Paul Dini, the game's writer.

The series is set between the two video games showing how Arkham City gets set up, who the key players are and establishing Hugo Strange as the main threat. The series works well in making Strange out to be a very credible danger to Batman and Bruce Wayne, showing that he is always one step ahead of the Dark Knight and prepared for his every move.

There's a lot of decent dialogue in here too, with some rather amusing lines from the Joker (still recovering from the events of Arkham Asylum) and we get to see how Catwoman becomes involved in Arkham City. It's a pretty good read and really works well as a bridge for the two games, but sadly that's also its greatest failing, in that it is JUST a bridge.

We see a great deal of events set in motion, bad guys rise to power, plans begin to be implemented, plots thicken, but there is no sense of closure at the end. Some might shrug this off saying "well it's a middle part of a trilogy of sorts, of course not everything will be resolved," but that's not the issue here. Of course not everything is going to be tied up when it's leading to a sequel, but there should be some sense of it working as a self-contained story too. "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" obviously wasn't the end of the story, but there was still some closure on plot points raised in the film itself; the battle for Rohan was won, the hobbits escape Osgiliath, Isengard is stormed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
This tied up a lot of loose ends for me between the Arkham Asylum and City games. I especially like the 5 little stories at the end, giving insight into how the villains (and Hugo... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Ashley Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars comics
just received it today and my son is very happy.He loves Batman and as a big fan he wanted to have this book as well. Arrived well packed.Thank you.
Published 8 months ago by Stella
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan of the franchise and it's ok...
You dont't need to read this to understand what's happening in the game and the story isn't that stunning, but it's a fun prequel for the fans of the Arkham-videogame universe and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by N
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Arkham City
A nice look after asylum and before city and I like the view of the villain point it is a very good books
Published 14 months ago by Taaaaaaa
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
I'm a huge Batman fan and loved Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, this ties them both in very well. If you are a fan of the games and wondered how they got from the first game to the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by SWO Jack
4.0 out of 5 stars Great art & Great intro to the game
Better than what was to be expected from a comic based on a non-cannon, video game version of bruce wayne and his rogues. Read more
Published 17 months ago by E.M
5.0 out of 5 stars Good prequel
Good prequel to an even better game.makes me want arkham city all over also helps understand why certain people are in arkham city
Published 18 months ago by tony rawlinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story
I always enjoy the batman Arkham game series and this book provided me with an interesting story of what happened between the two Arkham games. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Charlotte Stanfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Its a great book glad I got it cant wait for the next book in the series awesome stuff buy it now
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Sg Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES!
Great art, great story, great(est) detective & MR J & HARLEY make their comeback.
All also I love the short character background stories.
Published 19 months ago by CM
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