I'm pretty freaking stoked for Batman Arkham City, the sequel to one of the best super hero games of all time. As a way to tease and/or make more money off of fans, DC will be releasing a series of Batman Arkham City comics. Issue #1 came out this past Wednesday, and I just wanted to say that it's a must buy for any Arkham Asylum fan or Batman fan.
Written by Paul Dini one of the quintessential Batman writers, you already know the story has potential. Taking place a few months after the fall out of Arkham Asylum, Mayor Quincy Sharp has launched a crusade on masked criminals--Batman included. However, Sharp is not alone in his crusade. In the shadows of the story, we can see Sharp's psychologist, Doctor Hugo Strange, slowly manipulating the Mayor's strings for a yet to be revealed purpose.
An interesting premise that is well written, but it would be nothing without Carlos D'Anda's art. If the name does not immediately ring a bell, Carlos was actually the primary character artist for the original video game, which means the aesthetic that gamers fell in love with drives the story. D'anda's Batman is strong and chiseled while his Joker is maniacal, frightening, and hilarious all at once. If you were like me and wanted more of D'anda's art in the original video game, you have to get this comic.
Great art and an intriguing first issue make this issue a definite buy. However, it remains to be seen if the series will not only have a self contained pay off, but also increase excitement for one of this year's most anticipated video games.