Batman: Arkham City spawns comic miniseries

Paul Dini penning six-issue DC Comics saga leading up to second installment in Rocksteady's interactive take on the Caped Crusader.

In 2009, DC's superhero comic Batman made a successful leap into the world of games with the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum. Now that franchise is getting back to its roots, as DC Comics today announced a miniseries tied in to the upcoming sequel, Batman: Arkham City.

Starting in May, the six-issue Batman: Arkham City will serve as a connecting story between Arkham Asylum and this fall's follow-up. Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini will once again be chronicling the Caped Crusader's adventures in the series, with the game's concept artist, Carlos D'anda, handling the visuals. In addition to the six full issues, DC will be releasing a series of eight-page interludes online for $0.99 each. For print purists, those comics (which aren't crucial to the main storyline) will be published in a collected edition at a later date.

A variant of the first issue cover will use Arkham City in-game graphics.

Like its predecessor, the Arkham City game drops Batman in the confines of an unconventional prison. But where Arkham Asylum stuck players in the halls and courtyards of a mental hospital overrun with the Joker's goons and allies, Arkham City deposits them in a sprawling neighborhood of Gotham City that has been walled off to contain the criminal element.

Under the watchful eye of "warden" Dr. Hugo Strange, who knows Batman's secret identity, inmates of Arkham City are free to do anything they want short of attempting escape. In addition to Strange, the game will feature Batman villains like Two-Face and the Joker.

Arkham City is set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this fall. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's recent interview with the game's director, Sefton Hill.

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32 comments
Corporal_Nosaj
Corporal_Nosaj

I WANT THEM TO BE FREE! why do we have to pay for them... and I think they should come free with your purchases of the game when it comes out!

solo1g
solo1g

This sounds like an awesome idea...I don't collect a lot of comics but something like this I would get

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

My imperession when I read this news: OHHH YEAAAHHHHH!!!! :D

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Still need to finish the first game, but I can't wait!

Dr_Jackal
Dr_Jackal

Ah, the comic book nerd in me is energized. Way to make those like me spend more money. :)

mopar_tech
mopar_tech

I must agree Master Turismo a must buy for ones collection

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

I'll buy all six issues. after all it'll be a great read until the game comes out. or just release a collectors edition of the game and include all six issues of the mini series along with the Arkham City game. Either way this is the best news i've heard so far!!

Marky360
Marky360

I really like this idea Batman is my favorite super hero and getting to not only read a comic based on the darknight but play a game based on him too well thats just double awesome.

MrOrmond
MrOrmond

Holy **** a comic based off a comic book game? This... This is indeed... "news".

RonTorque
RonTorque

I was expecting something like this to take place.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

its been over 2 years, but this comic, i believe will be good. paul dini is one of the brains behind batman the animated series/mask of the phantasm/batman superman adventures, and been behind almost EVERY dc comic turned into animated series, and he went back to writing some comics the time arkham asylum was released, so i am pretty faithful he will make this great!

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Great... now release the game. Been too long.

collinmul
collinmul

A comic book based on a video game based on a comic book. Well, going forward with a comic miniseries sure seems like a no-brainer idea. Maybe I'll actually read it! ... But then again I hate words....

Henninger
Henninger

I hope they add this in the collector's edition as well. Its part of the story so y not include it. Either way i'll b getting this game day 1 cuz the 1st game wuz by far the best Batman game ever & i want more gameplay of that format.

dylan417
dylan417

It would be awesome if they included the series in the collectors edition.

fkbwii
fkbwii

$0.99! That's a steal!

Barighm
Barighm

This game is coming out this fall? Holy cow! What a great year for gaming this is turning out to be.

macrules_640
macrules_640

Knowing that it's going to be penned by Paul Dini means this comic book mini-series is going to be worth reading.

Kid_Mega
Kid_Mega

Sweet. Will definitely pick this up along with the Infamous comic that's coming out. The more story I can get the better.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I'm not sure that this isn't a ploy for them to make more $$ off of us and not make this a worthwhile addition to the game. I'm excited about the game, I'm not decided about this comic thing.

thattotally
thattotally

GRR I just want the game!! Hehe, but no I'm sure it will be an enjoyable read for those who like comic books.

Peabody99224
Peabody99224

My girlfriend is currently reading the "Year One" and "R.I.P." tradebacks now...I'll have to tell her about this mini-series, so that she can pick 'em up when they come out, for her collection.

raimgamer
raimgamer

Awesome, man, I need to get more Batman comics, I missed the Beyond mini-series.