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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for fans of the game
Featuring a variety of stories and characters, Arkham Unhinged is a fun read for fans of the Arkham City game and book. It mostly expands on the 'Arkham City Stories' that were unlocked after solving certain riddles in-game. The stories themselves are well-written, there are some small cameos and it's explained how several inmates set themselves up in Arkham City. There's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars for the completist
it's an OK story, adds slight background to the game and pre-game comic.

The true great story telling is in the game itself, with the twists and build up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for fans of the game, 22 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Batman: Arkham Unhinged HC (Batman (DC Comics)) (Hardcover)
Featuring a variety of stories and characters, Arkham Unhinged is a fun read for fans of the Arkham City game and book. It mostly expands on the 'Arkham City Stories' that were unlocked after solving certain riddles in-game. The stories themselves are well-written, there are some small cameos and it's explained how several inmates set themselves up in Arkham City. There's also a clever reference to the alternate costumes Batman can wear in the game and a few other fun references I wont spoil here.

An early highlight of the book is the chapter with Batman and Commissioner Gordon discussing Hugo Strange's ruthless guards and methods, and the consequences for Gotham. They can see the storm coming, and the chapter as a whole works well in establishing the deck stacked against them. The final chapter explores the origins of the Ambramovici twins in an entertaining story, with fantastic artwork and colours from Juan Ryp and Andrew Elder. I hope to see more from them in the second book. The short story "Three's A Crowd" featuring Joker, Harley Quinn and Scarface has a vibrant and colourful art style. It almost looks like a cartoon, and while it doesn't match the darker tones of the other chapters, it stands out as a highlight of the book regardless. Unfortunately, the standard of the artwork can be inconsistent. The opening chapter featuring Two-Face and Catwoman suffers from some silly facial expressions, especially with Batman. Also, Catwoman's "assets" are ridiculously proportioned here, it's like someone stuck an air pump in her chest!

Despite the occasional hiccup, there's a lot to like with Arkham Unhinged. While it doesn't quite equal the excellent Batman Arkham City TP (Batman (DC Comics Paperback)) as a whole, it's finest moments are on a par with it. Looking forward to the second book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arkham City Two, 15 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Batman: Arkham Unhinged HC (Batman (DC Comics)) (Hardcover)
The stories running through Arkham Unhinged Chapters 1-13 and Arkham City Digital Chapters 6-7 are collected as Batman Arkham Unhinged TP Vol 1. These stories are by various scripters and illustrators, but are of a consistently good quality, bearing in mind that this is an ‘Elseworlds’ series set in its own pocket universe, and so some things may be out of synch with the ‘real’ New 52 world – the Penguin being a Cockney from the Dick van Dyke school of acting, for example. Be warned; be very warned.

THE SPOILER ZONE
“Inside Job” – 30pp – Catwoman and Two-Face are after a McGuffin belonging to Doctor (Hugo) Strange, who is in turn after them, as the only two of the big-guns to have escaped his net, and incarceration in Arkham City. He is also after Batman as well… who in turn is doing his best to keep himself and Catwoman out of Strange’s hands.

“Observations” – 30pp – sees Strange’s hunt for Batman heat up, with the citizens of Gotham becoming collateral damage, and Jim Gordon and Vicki Vale getting in his sights.

“Ruffled Feathers” – 30pp – sees the story behind the Penguin and the Joker’s rivalry, with gang wars past and present presented to us.

“Surgeon’s General” – 10pp – sees Doctor (Hugo) Strange gathering accounts of the Batman from his victims (or criminals brought to justice, as we like to think of them), each one of whom describes a different figure – Batmen through the ages.

“Three’s a Crowd” – 8pp – continues Harley and the Joker’s story after their escape into Arkham City, but Joker has found a new friend – Scarface; and he doesn’t get on with Harley…

“Glacial Speed” – 8pp – sees Doctor (I’ll stop now) Strange try to recruit Mr Freeze.

“Separation Anxiety” – 30pp – sees the Joker and Harley back in full-scale mayhem mode, as the Joker ecruits some new muscle – conjoined-twins who are also circus strongmen. Nightwing, Mr Zsasz and Dr Tommy (“Hush, clown…”) Elliot also make appearances…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bat book!, 5 Aug 2013
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Always enjoyed reading Batman graphic novels, and this one did not let me down. Looking forward to the next edition. Great looking book as well, awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!, 3 April 2013
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Absoloutly fantastic. Great storys about the adventures within Arkham City and it will keep you entertained thoughout reading! Great buy..
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3.0 out of 5 stars for the completist, 21 Mar 2013
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it's an OK story, adds slight background to the game and pre-game comic.

The true great story telling is in the game itself, with the twists and build up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, I definitely recommend, 25 Mar 2014
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Brilliant product. It arrived within no time and was packaged nicely. The pages contain beautiful artwork and each individual story is illustrated by a different person so there are several different art styles. Each of the stories fits in with the Arkham City game and gives further detail to how each character reached Arkham city. Whether you are a collector, a DC enthusiast or just like batman this is definitely worth the price and the hard cover has a large artwork of Batman on the front and the Joker on the back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good graphics, 3 Nov 2013
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Nothing wrong with the book but the inside had damaged pages so not good for a present but happy now
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tie-in for Batman Arkham City game fans, 2 Aug 2013
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I should start off by making it clear that I am a comic book fan and collector and I do not own an X-Box and therefore have not played the Arkham City game from which this book has been developed. Firstly, its great that these stories that were previously only available digitally, have finally been collected in a physical book. The standard of art and story are up to the level of the regular Batman books and actually, you wouldn't know that this is a computer game tie in if not for the blurb on the cover and the secret code to unlock game functions.

As a comic book, it suffers from a lack of coherent storyline as the book comprises a series of episodes in the lives of the characters that inhabit Arkham City. In some of these episodes, Batman hardly appears as the stories are designed to provide background information to game players. It isn't a graphic novel as such (because it isn't a single storyline) and I don't think that it connects to current Batman continuity. That said, there is quite a bit to enjoy here and it will be interesting to see what volume 2 holds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the game, get this, 25 July 2013
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Title says it all. I'm a massive fan of the Arkham games and this is perfect. Very well made and also explains why Two Face and cat woman hate each other so much in the game. Well worth a buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect intro the game, 29 May 2013
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This is the perfect bridge into the events of the game. I would well recommend and am looking forward to next volume.
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