If you look in the Guinness World Record under “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever”, you’ll find Batman: Arkham Asylum. Batman: Arkham City is the follow up game coming out this fall, and to tie the two games together, DC Comics has enlisted Pual Dini to pen a six-issue mini-series.
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.
DC also announced that each issue of the series will be released as a digital day-and-date release for $2.99, and the company also plans to release 8-page “digital-first interludes” to further expand on the miniseries.
“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 of Batman: Arkham City arrive in May.