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Or, more accurately, Arkham Unhinged, the prologue comic for videogame Arkham City. I haven't played the game yet, but I have been following the Catwoman Bitch story, the DLC nonsense and the Harley Quinn based queer panic of the game, so when the prologue appeared on Comixology for 99c an issue, I was interested enough to hand over my money.

All together, it's 60 pages of story for $2.97, which is a decent return. The comic itself isn't that great. Two Face does lots of things in twos. Batman sneaks up on people, and punches other people. Hugo Strange menaces in the background. And Catwoman...

is the main character of this series.
3 scans from #1 and 2 from #2
Handily, there's a news report on Arkham City to set the scene for the story. Like many people, writer Derek Fridolfs possibly thinks that news reports make for boring and artificial exposition. how to jazz that up?

Strange's goons steal Catwoman's stuff and Batman rescues her. After a drive in the Batmobile, she hits the ejector seat. Then they fight.

The editor is listed as Jim Chadwick, but I'm not convinced that there wasn't editorial interference from Titfish.

The art is passable, and the story is decent. To be honest, it's what you'd expect from a book that's $2.97 for 60 pages.

Did we ditch the cheesecake and boobs tags?

I've not played the game, but I'll probably pick it up once I've finished Assassin's Creed Revelations, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and it's come down to a platinum price
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Date: 2011-11-02 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nightauditguy
Other than going Mmm...Catwoman cleavage, another thought was going through my head.

For those heroes and villians that don't have the resources to have a secret hideout, where do they keep their costumes? In the attic, basement, under the bed?

Date: 2011-11-02 09:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] salinea

Did we ditch the cheesecake and boobs tags?

we had one?

Date: 2011-11-02 10:05 pm (UTC)
salinea: fem!Loki is snerking (lol)
From: [personal profile] salinea
We still have

then again, we used to have a Girls I'd like to fist tag
Hah! No wonder that got lost.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:15 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Uuuh...)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
I've not been following this (since I don't have a system that can run the game)... I have seen the Harley Quinn thing, but what's the 'Catwoman Bitch' story?

Date: 2011-11-02 10:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thehefner
This was a rare case where I felt like the product was worth every penny of the asking price and not a penny more. It wasn't a terrible story. Very light, almost like a children's storybook, but it was a decent enough story with pretty good art, especially in the facial expressions.

What I find most impressive, just speaking personally, is that it featured two of my all-time favorite characters (Harvey and Hugo) in a way that didn't annoy or bore me. That's remarkable in this day and age of the regular DCU, when Hugo is seen taking orders from Black Mask and Harvey is a hulked-out "One-Face" monstrosity. The interplay between Harvey and Selina was also fun, a lot more so than what I've seen of the Arkham City game itself, with all the snarling, facial scarring, and "two guns, bitch"-ness of it all.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mullon
God the Catwoman sections were so horrible in Arkham City.

And where was this story? It wasn't in the Arkham City hardcover.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
Rorschach kept them under the floor boards of his apartment. :D (just finished reading the Watchmen)

Date: 2011-11-02 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
then again, we used to have a Girls I'd like to fist tag


Date: 2011-11-02 10:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
you know, i hadn't noticed it until the final catwoman mission, by that point i was like... okay, i get it you are bad guys but SERIOUSLY you can't think of a better word than that?

Date: 2011-11-02 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
really? i enjoyed playing as catwoman, i had to be far more sneaky than batman, since she didn't have all the toys he does (never realized how much i relied on some of those other things like gas, gliding, and the hanging people upside down.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
.... O_O

Date: 2011-11-02 10:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filthysize
It was distracting from the get-go for me, since Two-Face calls her a bitch like four times in a single cutscene.

Actually, while I understand other people complaining about the demeaning and misogynist use of the word, as a profane man myself, I was more bothered by the redundancy. If it was a few well-placed use of bitches in the dialogue, I can totally get behind the "bad guys use bad words so this in context is clearly indicative of the use of the word being wrong" argument, but when all I did was show up on a rooftop ledge and suddenly twenty thugs in the vicinity go "THE CAT BITCH IS HERE!" "BITCH WHAAAAT?" "OH BITCHETY BITCH BITCH!" You have to wonder if they put any thought into the recorded dialogue at all. It seems dismissive, and therefore sexist.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thehefner
It's called "Batman: Arkham Unhinged" and it's available in three parts on the Comixology site.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
oh i only heard it once or twice before the final mission, up until then i was like, eh bad guys. but during the final mission that's all i heard. it was like OH JEEZ! think of something else! ANYTHING else... i mean really! that said... it made me beat up the bad guys soooo much harder....

Date: 2011-11-02 10:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
To be fair, the one who made it was also the only one to use it.

Date: 2011-11-02 10:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
oh... okay.... that's.... okay... then....

sorry still trying to get my mind around that being here.... i mean... its not necissarily a bad thing... its just... different....

Date: 2011-11-02 11:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Is the AC hardcover any good? I like D'Anda's art style, but I haven't really seen anything of the book save for a few pages on his DA account. Does it include the internet-exclusive stuff by Dustin Nguyen too?

Date: 2011-11-02 11:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
For me, it got tiresome since I tended to ignore the main mission sometimes and go after trophies, and that way, you heard loads more 'bitchbitchbitch' and the inmates yammering about her.

On the flipside, though, Penguin calls Batman a wanker on repeat and that got equally tiresome, frankly.

Date: 2011-11-02 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
playing DCU online has made me annoyed of the Penguin long ago...s tupid robot pengins.... force fields and tk don't work on you.... rassfrassa....

Date: 2011-11-02 11:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Did DCUonline reimagine him as a farcical British-gangster wannabe who the developers have shoved into an unfortunate gritty incarnation by making him tough, spouting curses and having a glass bottle shoved into his eye socket in place of the classic monocle? If not, this incarnation is far, far more annoying.

Date: 2011-11-02 11:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Okay, I know about most of the stuff some are considering controversial about the game (to me, the complaining about DLC is nonsense), but what the hell is the 'Harley Quinn queer panic' surrounding the game?
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