PAUL DINI is a multiple Emmy and Eisner Award-winning writer and producer who has helped redefine the legends of the DC Universe in such series as The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Krypto and Justice League Unlimited. In comics he has authored THE WORLD'S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES, illustrated by Alex Ross, as well as MAD LOVE, BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM and COUNTDOWN. Dini has also collaborated with Chip Kidd on Batman Animated for HarperCollins.
Batman: Arkham City (NOOK Comics with Zoom View)by Paul Dini
Tying in with the release of the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY video game, this special edition collects the entirety of the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY miniseries including all five digital-first chapters! Combined, this collection bridges the gap between the original smash hit BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM video game and its highly anticipated sequel. Find out the real motivation behind Mayor Sharp's plans for the new criminal gulag and how Hugo Strange is pulling the strings behind the scenes. The short digital stories reveal more about how characters other than Batman react to the rise of the new city-within-a-city.
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A terrific Batman story, ARKHAM CITY works both as a stand-alone GN and as the bridge between the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games. Gotham City has been split down the middle between the "citizens" and the "villains." As ruthless Mayor Sharp and his shock troopers round up everyone from minor offenders to kingpins like Penguin and Two-Face, Batman finds his efforts to establish a foothold in the prison thwarted at every turn. The real villain, Hugo Strange, is a master manipulator who knows how to counter Batman in both his costumed identity and as Bruce Wayne. Dini's story moves at an exciting clip while D'Anda's artwork captures the look and feel of the now-classic Rocksteady video games. Also included, five stories focusing on such characters as Robin, Bane and various secondary characters who find their lives in turmoil thanks to the construction of the prison. The looming sense of dread expressed in the short stories as Arkham City nears completion acts as good counterpoints to the larger epic Batman tale.
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!
This book is for any Batman fan and anyone interested in the new video game, Arkham City. It explains what happened after the Arkham Asylum riots to what will happen in the new game. The story, written by Paul Dini, features Batman as he does detective work, goes undercover, and kicks butt. All good stuff! The art work is absolutely amazing! It features beautiful work by Carlos D'Anda and the spreads of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Two Face, and more of your favorite "Bat" characters are breathtaking. The only things that I did not like about the book was that Dini took the easy way out in pretending that Batman never encountered the manipulative Dr Hugo Strange. What a letdown! Also, Dini didn't really stress the importance of Arkham City from the Gotham public point of view as to why it was so critical to being built. If we want to get technical, we could say that the portrayal of Robin is a very poor one as well. The book also comes with an awesome gallery of sketches, plus the five digital chapters of Arkham City featured online. You should definitely go out and buy this book because you get a great story with witty dialogue, unique dazzling art you won't find anywhere else, and the beginning of the journey Batman will take you into Arkham City.