Bridging the gap between Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be a mini-series of six comics from DC.
Written by Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini (who also penned both Arkham games) and drawn by Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City concept artist Carlos Dâ€™anda, 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 â€œArkham City,â€ the new maximum security â€œhomeâ€ for all of Gotham Cityâ€™s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.Â 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 donâ€™t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
Each issue will be available digitally for $2.99 and will alternate with eight-page digital interludes that will follow Batman’s enemies as they vie for power in the city. They will be available for just $0.99 and will later be included in print in the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY collected edition.
â€œThe digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic,â€ said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher, â€œThe additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and wonâ€™t be necessary to follow the main story of the mini-series. Fans will also be able to read these interludes in print later, when we publish the collected edition.â€
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY will double-ship in its first month, with issues #1 & #2 landing in May.