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#1  Edited By teclo

This looks great, but I'm kind of annoyed how all these different "must buy" things are coming out so close together. So far there's Arkham City (collector's edition £55), Skyrim (£27), Skyward Sword (about £50) and now this book (£30). Oh, and not to mention all DC pseudo-reboot books which mean checking out series you weren't really paying attention to before. This month also sees the release of various Green Lantern figures, including Guy Gardner and Soranik. God damn you, October and the 11th of November!

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#2  Edited By teclo

One thing people never seem to touch upon when it comes to comic continuity, and something which means it never really mattered in the first place, is how the buildings, technology, cars, fashion, slang and just about everything else has gone through about 70 years of change while the characters themselves have barely aged. If Batman was the proud owner of a 33k internet connection when his adventures started, it would have been an amazing technology from the future, now he'd be about 14 years out of date.

You can take the stance that it all happened "now", where "now" is the current date at the time of the comic's publication, the sliding chronology idea. That's fine, but there's have been so many events in Batman's life, all either side of characters that actually have aged, that many decades still must've passed. That's the problem, time is evidently passing but not at the rate prescribed by the changes in technology, fashion, language, culture, architecture and so on. If a storyline that was told in 1970 was meant to have only happened, say, 10 years ago, it would mean that no one had the internet in 2001 in the DCU.

Furthermore, and more crucially, adding up all of his various comic appearances (not including standalone graphic novels) a major event has occurred to him every 8 days. It's actually more than that, though, because each of those events may well have lasted for several days, even several weeks. The graphic novels themselves, such as Dark Knight Returns, take place over many weeks too, and there are dozens and dozens of such stories. So even as it stands right now, Batman has constantly being fighting super villains for 70 years worth of days. Bruce Wayne must be about 100 and hasn't had a break for 70 years or more.

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#3  Edited By teclo

I think the bigger question is: was half of Gotham City totally abandoned to begin with, or have they shifted all the population into half the city, and shut down every shop, business, school etc. in the Arkham City side? In other words, what the hell is going on? Either half of the city was a sprawling wasteland of derelict housing with absolutely no businesses, schools, hospitals or anything, or several million people just instantly moved home and workplace overnight.

That enormous, believability crippling oversight aside, it doesn't make any sense to put the sort of villains that'd be in Arkham Asylum into a city environment. They're not ordinary criminals, they're "criminally insane", to quote the Arkham sign. This is more like creating a large urban warzone, similar to how Baghdad was a few years ago, populated by nothing but psychopaths. And the fact they still have foundries and weapon stores in there (as seen in the comics) is just the very silly icing on an outrageously stupid cake.

All said and done, I loved the first game and this looks even better to me so far. The storyline is plainly ridiculous - either badly thought out, or just playfully, wilfully unrealistic as hell - but it definitely serves up a great setting for all kinds of stories and action to take place.

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