Thursday, August 07, 2014

Batman: Arkham City by Paul Dini Carlos D'Anda (Illustrator)

Batman: Arkham CityBatman: Arkham City by Paul Dini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To my understanding, this graphic novel is the novelization of the concept for the video game.  Immediately, you might start to think it won't be that great. Wrong!  This was good reading.  I'm not that surprised, because I have enjoyed Dini's Zatanna books.  While Batman doesn't let anyone steal the show, I liked how prominent the various narratives of villains and criminals was. It's more or less their story.  It tells how Arkham city becomes what it is, and since it's a city for criminals, there you have it.  I've fallen love with Catwoman (after watching The Dark Knight Rises), but I liked her cameo.  And I've become sort of a fan of Harley Quinn, so I appreciated her appearance. 

I'm not familiar with Hugo Strange, so this is my first exposure to the Batman adversary.  He's a manipulate and highly intelligent foe, but he's going against Batman, so he had better have his game together.

I enjoyed the artwork. It conveys the mentality and personalities of the characters.  Bruce has a different look in this, but I liked it.  The action is conveyed very well visually.

My question is, do I need to play the videogame to get closure or is there another volume in the graphic novel format? I'd better find out.

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