Batman: Arkham City #1
Overall Score 10/10
The stakes are getting higher for Batman in part 1 of 5 of Batman: Arkham City. Serving as a bridge between the smash hit Batman: Arkham Asylum and the highly anticipated sequel Batman: Arkham City, this miniseries gives readers a glimpse into what exactly the Dark Knight will be up against in the new game.
This first issue picks up six months after the end of Arkham Asylum with Warden Sharp becoming Mayor of Gotham. Sharp plans to make Gotham a crime-free city, though there are ulterior motives in his plan due to the fact that he seems to be controlled by a mysterious doctor who is thus far not revealed. Also, Joker appears to be terminally ill due to his Titan formula usage at the conclusion of Arkham Asylum, though who knows what Joker he will have up his sleeve.
The comic is written by famed Batman writer Paul Dini, and it shows. The writing is excellent and the dialog is completely believable. Each bit of dialog fits each character completely and serves to pull you in more and more. Also, the artwork by artist Carlos D’Anda just seems to explode, both figuratively and literally, on the page and is a perfect complement to Paul’s writing.
My only dislikes and concerns for the comic are the fact that it was supposed to be a six parts but was cut down to five, and I hope it can keep the momentum going. The fact that it has been cut by an issue concerns me because I feel they may try to cram too much into each issue as a result. Also, the pacing in this issue is excellent and I am hopeful it will keep this pace consistently. For both concerns, all we can do is wait and see.
Overall, this comic has made me want the game even more because it seems to be setting up an even darker storyline for Arkham City, which I feel will be even stronger than its predecessor. Arkham City may become the Dark Knight of video games, and that is exactly what I am hoping for.