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Shaping the Case: The Batman: Arkham Origins Graphic Novel

Shaping the Case: The Batman: Arkham Origins Graphic Novel

By Tim Beedle Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Trouble within the Gotham City Police Department. Three corrupt public officials. A world of possibilities. And success or failure rests in your hands.

Sounds like an intriguing new Batman game. Yet, while this innovative new project may be based on a bestselling videogame, it’s not a Batman game itself—it’s a unique new graphic novel. Based on the recently released Batman: Arkham Origins, the latest installment in the popular Arkham series, BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS – A DC COMICS MULTIVERSE GRAPHIC NOVEL was released in December and immediately began generating buzz due to its innovative new storytelling format. And now, with a new chapter available, there’s never been a better time to check it out.

“Batman: Arkham Origins is a must read for a couple of big reasons,” says Jim Chadwick, editor of the series. “First of all, if you are a fan of the videogame, this is a story that leads directly into that storyline. It features an even younger, more inexperienced Batman. He's more of a mysterious vigilante completely on the outside of the law, rather than a recognized public figure of good.”

In other words, expect a rougher, less refined version of the hero, and an even blurrier line between right and wrong in pursuit of justice than you’ll find in the more familiar, New 52 version of the character.

“Then there’s our innovative new format,” Chadwick continues. “It's the first entry in our DC2 MultiVerse format. Not only does this digital comic feature sound effects, a soundtrack drawn directly from the game and motion graphics, but it also tells a complex, multi-path story.”

That story finds Batman looking to prevent Black Mask from taking control of the GCPD. As the investigation leads to three corrupt public officials, you’re given the choice of which one to pursue, and the story branches out from there.

It’s a format designed to make use of the options provided by the iPad and digital comic format, while maintaining all the elements of traditional comics that fans love. It’s made possible by the new Madefire app, which also features an enhanced edition of the bestselling Injustice: Gods Among Us comic, including the recently launched “Year. Two.”

Fans who download all eight chapters of the comic as they become available, or elect to buy the season pass up front, will receive two new playable Batman skins for the Batman: Arkham Origins game. But really, the story is the driving factor here. There’s simply nothing else like this in the realm of DC Comics. It allows you to make the driving decisions and shape the story. If Batman is successful, it’s due to your sharp decision making. However, as Chadwick is quick to point out, it’s on your shoulders if he fails as well.

“Watch out for dead ends!” he warns.

Batman: Arkham Origins – A DC Comics MultiVerse Graphic Novel is available in iTunes. Click here for more information.

Jim Chadwick demonstrates the Batman: Arkham Origins MuitiVerse Graphic Novel in this "DC All Access" clip.