Batman: Arkham Asylum was the first game in which I got every trophy. Usually I don’t pay much attention to achievements or trophies. When I get them it’s fun but I never actively go after them. I loved playing Arkham Asylum so much I wanted to see every nook and cranny of the game. Obviously I’m pretty excited for the sequel, Batman: Arkham City. Fortunately, DC has just announced a miniseries bridging the gap between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
The six issue miniseries will start in May, with it double shipping in the first month. It will be written by Paul Dini who wrote for the absolutely fantastic Batman: The Animated Series. For me, that makes it even more of an instant buy than it already was. Art will be handled by Carlos D’anda who did the concept art for both games. Check out the awesome cover by D’anda for issue #1.
In the miniseries, Quincy Sharp, former Arkham Asylum Warden and new Major of Gotham, has shut down Arkham Asylum. Sharp has replaced it with Arkham City, a giant section of Gotham in which criminals are allowed to do whatever they want, except escape of course. I can’t see anything wrong with that plan…
The books will have day-and-date digital releases along with the print versions, both priced at $2.99. Along with that, digital-first 8 page interludes will be released at .99 cents each. The interludes will be released between issues of the main story. The interludes will focus on what different Batman villains are doing inside Arkham City. They will also be written by Paul Dini but art will be handled by different artists. I love digital comics so I’m excited for extra story I can read on my iPad. I will probably get the whole series digitally. For those of you who aren’t fans of digital though, these extra interludes will be included when the miniseries is collected into a trade.
Check out DC Universe The Source for the announcement and for some more story details.