Batman: Arkham City #2
Issue Score - 9/10
Arkham City #2 splits itself between two plotlines, the grand opening ceremony of Arkham City with Bruce’s subsequent investigation into Mayor Sharp and the Joker’s transport to Arkham City. Of course both the investigation and Joker’s transport do not go as planned. The comic ends on the note that bigger things are in the works that will leave lasting repercussions.
This issue continued the momentum of the first issue and made me constantly want more. The plot overall was well done, though a little predictable, and has made me really look forward to the next issue and eventually the game. The one thing that really made this issue though was the Joker plotline. Everything about it just felt right. All the jokes and one-liners were quite funny, Harley felt like Harley and the conclusion of it made me really want to see what Joker has up his sleeve because now I am questioning who will be the real mastermind at the conclusion of the game. Arkham City has once again amped up the stakes and brought the fuse closer to the metaphorical powder keg that will eventually explode. When the dust settles, Gotham will survive the blast, but things will never again be the same.
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.