When Paul Dini writes Batman comics, people pay attention. Not only did he bring us greatness in Batman: The Animated Series, but he also wrote the acclaimed video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, and its upcoming sequel. He created Harley Quinn, for pete's sake. So let's get over our collective prejucides against comic tie-ins to other media ventures and see what he's got to offer in this new six-issue interstitial series coming in May.
Batman: Arkham City will bridge the gap between the last game, where Batman has to defeat the Joker, and the sequel for which this new mini is named. Set about a year after the events of Arkham Asylum, things have changed. Arkham's warden Quincy Sharp is now the mayor of Gotham City, and he takes a different approach to incarcerating the criminally insane. Instead of a dank asylum, they've now got an open chunk of the city to roam around, so long as they don't go beyond the walls. It's right in the heart of downtown… and the new administrator is Hugo Strange, a mind so perceptive that he actually knows Batman's secret identity. What could go wrong?
Check out these first new pages from Batman: Arkham CIty, from Dini and artist Carlos D'Anda, featuring an ominous Joker epilogue and a morose Harley.