If there's one thing we learned from the latest batch of images from Batman: Arkham City, it's that the more awesome the game looks, the farther away release day is going to seem. At the moment, we're about a million billion years away from when Arkham City goes on sale, but we're relieved that the torturous wait has been mitigated by the release of previously unseen conceptual designs from the previous Batman game, Arkham Asylum. Courtesy of artist Carlos D'Anda, the beautiful illustrations reveal the developers' desire to find a happy marriage between the classic and fairly simple appearances of Batman and his rogues' gallery and the more intricate and perhaps overly detailed 3D designs for which gaming technology finally allows.

D'Anda's complete archive is viewable on his DeviantArt page, but you check out our favorites after the jump.

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