Arkham City prequel comic coming in May

A prequel comic for a game about a comic book character? Madness!

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Videogames have been getting an awful lot of tie-in comics lately. We get it; how better to fill in the gaps between games or even introduce new IP than with a funny book, what with pictures in it and all? Well, we probably could think of a better way (or two), but behold! A prequel comic book for the upcoming Batman: Arkham City. It actually makes sense!

The six-issue series will be written by Batman: The Animated Series writer and frequent Batman comic scribe Paul Dini and drawn by Arkham City/Arkham Asylum concept artist Carlos D%26rsquo;anda (who also does his share of monthly comic book work). Check out the first cover:

The story will take place one year after the events of Arkham Asylum and will involve Arkham Warden turned Gotham City mayor Quincy Sharp as he establishes %26ldquo;Arkham City,%26rdquo; a wide-open area in the heart of Gotham where inmates can roam free as they recover. This, of course, is a great idea.

The first two issues will be released in May, and for a little extra comic prequel goodness, each issue will be available digitally as well as in print. DC Comics has also announced 99-cent 8-page digital interludes written by Dini and drawn by various artists that will focus on individual villains from Batman%26rsquo;s rogues gallery. These will be released in between the regular issues, and will alsobe compiled into the eventual Arkham City collected edition book.

So you see, Batman is a comic book character. Arkham City is an upcoming game starring that comic book character. There%26rsquo;s going to be a prequel comic book featuring Batman. With us so far? It%26rsquo;s a prequel comic starring a comic book character. It%26rsquo;s ok for blown minds to sit down for a spell.

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