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New ‘Batman: Arkham City’ Miniseries to Act as Prelude for Game

Though fans have been treated to a basic trailer and a growing number of revealing screen shots, there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding Warner Brothers Interactive and Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham Asylum sequel, Batman: Arkham City. Beginning this May, writer Paul Dini (who penned both of the games) and game concept artist Carlos D’anda will run with what readers already know about the game in a six-issue Batman: Arkham City miniseries that helps fill the 18-month gap between 2009′s Asylum and the Dark Knight’s upcoming Hugo Strange standoff this fall.Here’s how DC describes the plot of the miniseries:

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 “Arkham City,” the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. 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 don’t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.

The miniseries will be released digitally and in print same-day for $2.99, which has already caused Kotaku to liken the comic to Arkham City DLC. Additionally, DC will release digital eight-page interludes by an assortment of artists for $0.99 that will apparently expand the narrative. All of the content will later be assembled in a collected edition.

That seems like a pretty confusing and expensive way to sell the story (although technically $1 for eight pages is actually a better deal than DC’s standard $2.99 for 20 pages), but according to DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, the experience will add up in the end. Run your own personal “Detective Mode” to make the reading decision that’s right for you, though.

“The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher, “The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won’t be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries. Fans will also be able to read these interludes in print later, when we publish the collected edition.”

Check out DC’s full teaser image below in the meantime:

[Via The Source]

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