Review: Batman Arkham City #2

Published on June 13th, 2011

When I was a little kid, one of my all time favorite cartoons was Batman The Animated Series. The best part about that show was Kevin Conroy doing the voice of Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker. To this day, those are the voices I hear in my head when I read a Batman comic book. Paul Dini was a producer and writer for the show, so really the credit should go to him because this guy is a fantastic writer. If you don’t believe me, just check out the video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum or the brand new comic book sequel to the game that acts as a bridge for the next video game, Batman: Arkham City.

batmanarkhamcity2In this mini series, the citizens of Gotham have had it with all the crime after the Joker’s recent activities that took place in Batman: Arkham Asylum. The former warden, Quincy Sharp has become the mayor and is now cutting off a huge chunk of Gotham to use as a crazy Escape From New York type of prison to put all the inmates of Arkham into, as a last ditch effort to get the criminal element out of Gotham City.

While I was reading this book, I felt that Joker was the main attraction and not so much Batman. After what happened in the video game, the guards at Arkham have decided to get some revenge action on the Joker. So, they take the clown down to a secret room where the plan is to finally kill the Joker. Luckily, old Harley Quinn is always around to help out her boss.

Don’t worry, this is a Batman book and Batman is still doing his detective stuff. Since Bruce Wayne is on the Parole Board for Arkham Asylum, he’s pretty upset that the Board has been suspended. So, he decides to suit up and get a closer look at the Mayor’s plans and make sure everything’s on the level. When Batman realizes he was being set-up to break into the Mayor’s current office for a chance for someone to analyze Batman’s techniques, he decides that he’s going to need to dig deeper.

I think this is a great Batman book for anyone to pick up. Dini did a great job of making this book accessible to anyone, not just the people who played the video game. Although, it is a great game and I highly recommend it to any and all Batman fans. And if you did play the game, you’ll probably notice all the little fun things that were from the game and put into the comic book.

Carlos D’anda’s art is also really nice. It’s not very reminiscent of the game itself, but it’s really nice to look at. Everything with the art is what it should be for a Batman book. Batman looks like a bad-ass and The Joker looks creepy, while still being amusing when he wants to be. I’m usually not a fan of books that are tie-ins for movies or video games, but this one is a great Batman story that keeps every element of Batman in place.

Ken Zeider