Like Rihanna and her outfit from the latest Kanye West video, two excellent and beautiful things are about to come together. Batman is going back to comics, and he’s taking the Arkham video game franchise with him in a six-part series due to launch in May.
The release will bridge the storyboard gap between Batman: Arkham City, set for Autumn release on XBox and PS3, and 2009’s brilliant Arkham Asylum – one of that year’s best releases, and one that managed to garner the Guinness World Record for “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever” (not that hard as the remainder are fairly lame, but still…)
Written by Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini (who also penned both Arkham games) and drawn by Arkham City’s concept artist Carlos D’anda, Batman: Arkham City picks up one year after the original game, where former Arkham Warden turned newly elected Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has decided to close down the infamous institution. In its stead, he establishes “Arkham City,” the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, inmates can roam free and do whatever they want as long as they don’t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Each issue of the mini-series will be available day-and-date digitally worldwide for $2.99 each (no news yet on UK release / pricing). But in the meantime, check out these awesome new pics from the game and comic – enjoy!