Batman: Arkham Unhinged

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Batman: Arkham Unhinged
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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Weekly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date October 2011 – January 2013
Number of issues 58

Batman: Arkham Unhinged is an American comic book series published by DC Comics. Like the previous anthology, Batman: Arkham City, it acts as a prequel to the events of the video game Batman: Arkham City.

Synopsis[edit]

Issues 1-43 were written by Derek Fridolfs; Issues 44-58 by Karen Traviss.

Storyline Issues Premise
"Inside Job" #1–3 Hugo Strange's Tyger guards have succeeded in apprehending every "outlaw" in Gotham City, except for Catwoman, Two-Face, and Batman. Thanks to a tip-off from Two-Face, a Tyger strike team locates Catwoman's apartment and breaks in to arrest her. She evades them, but the commandos crack her wall safe and steal her most prized valuables.[1] Furious, she confronts Two-Face while he is examining stolen blueprints of the Arkham City security facilities. Despite Batman's attempts to help her, both she and Two-Face are arrested and dragged to Arkham City, Catwoman furiously trying to grab a digital memory card from Two-Face with photos of the blueprints.[2]
"Observations" #4–6 Batman confers with Commissioner Gordon, sharing what little he knows of Strange's murky past.[3][4] Gordon admits that the GCPD is largely impotent since Quincy Sharp declared martial law, and Strange's Tyger guards have become the ruling authority in Gotham City. They are interrupted by Tyger guards, sent to arrest both of them, but Batman has already disappeared, and Gordon appears politely baffled at the accusation that he has been consorting with a known outlaw.[5]
"Ruffled Feathers" #7–8 In his lair within Arkham City, Penguin mulls over the origins of his bitter feud with The Joker, and vows to have revenge once his gang is powerful enough.[6]
"Surgeon's General" #9–10 In his private clinic, Hugo Strange interviews several people battered by Batman, including Arkham City inmates, and his own Tyger guards. The normally implacable Strange is inwardly troubled at how effectively Batman is inspiring fear in his otherwise rational victims, becoming less a man than a phantasm.[7]
"Separation Anxiety" #11–13 An origin story of the Abramovici twins who appear in Batman: Arkham City. Born Siamese twins in the former Soviet Union, the twins were discarded by their father and adopted by a traveling freak show, where they grew into strong and brutal animal wranglers.[8] News of their abilities spread, and they were "liberated" by Joker, who hired a corrupt surgeon named Thomas Elliot to separate them. Joker kept the twin known as "Hammer," while the other, "Sickle," was thrown out into the street, and later recruited by Penguin.[9] While researching this history, Nightwing comments that it is odd for twin brothers to be working for opposing sides. Batman says the brothers' conjoinment forced them to get along, but that is no guarantee that they will do so after being separated.[10]
"Theatre Of Violence" #14–16 Robin enters Arkham City to investigate rumors of an underground fight club, and finds it being run out of The Penguin's hideout in the city's old natural history museum. Bane intrudes and finds himself matched against Solomon Grundy.[11][12][13]
"Arkham City Sirens" #17–19 A brief team-up between Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn ends poorly, and later Ivy convinces Harley to help her get revenge by setting a trap for Catwoman, using a kidnapped Batman as bait.[14][15][16]
"Crocodile Tears" #20–22 Killer Croc reflects on his origins while roaming the sewers in search of food. A group of the Joker's henchmen searching for Penguin's men stumble upon him, but Croc takes an unexpected liking to "Hammer", the Abramovici twin in Joker's employ, and agrees, for the time being, to focus on devouring Penguin's men.[17][18][19]
"Vicki in Wonderland" #23–25 The Mad Hatter "invites" Vicki Vale to his tea party with Catwoman, Poison Ivy and other entranced criminals.[20][21][22]
"Operation: Kill Joker" #26–28 Deadshot is hired by the Penguin to kill the Joker, but later returns to Joker with a cache of weapons from Penguin's private arsenal, revealing himself to be Clayface in disguise.[23][24][25]
"Clown Court" #29–31 Two-Face puts the Joker on trial with almost the entire inmate population of Arkham City as a witness.[26][27][28]
"Repentance" #32–34 Quincy Sharp, former warden of Arkham Asylum and former mayor of Gotham City, has become Arkham City's newest inmate, and the entire population wants revenge. He takes refuge in the church, expressing remorse for allowing himself to be manipulated by Hugo Strange. When Bane appears to help in breaking down the church's fortified doors, Sharp volunteers to give himself up to save the other refugees in the church. This proves to be unnecessary when Azrael arrives to save the day.[29][30][31]
"Eviction Notice" #35–37 Black Mask is evicted by the Joker from his factory; he plans to kill him with the Penguin's help but is recaptured and re-sent to Arkham City.[32][33][34]
"Beloved" #38–40 5 years before the events of Batman: Arkham City, Bruce Wayne is reunited with Talia al Ghul, when she saves his life. In the present, they meet again and seem to rekindle their romance, but part company again when Bruce realizes she is testing his willingness to become Ra's al Ghul's heir. She returns to her father in disappointment, and he comforts her that he has found a new potential heir in Hugo Strange.[35][36][37]
"Uninvited Guests" #41–43 Hugo Strange sends his Tyger guards to attack Wayne Manor, where they confront Robin, Nightwing and Alfred.[38][39][40]
"Welcome to the Slough of Despond" #44–58 A new vigilante calling himself "The Bookbinder" attacks well-known people in Gotham, who he blames for contributing to the city's decline in education, health standards, and basic courtesy. Batman tries to figure out who he is and how to catch him, while Commissioner Gordon faces increasing pressure from Mayor Sharp to do the same.[41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55]

Collected editions[edit]

  • Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol. 1 (collects Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1–5, 160 pages; hardcover, February 2013, ISBN 978-1401237493; paperback, August 2013, ISBN 978-1401240189)
  • Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol. 2 (collects Batman: Arkham Unhinged #6–10, 168 pages; hardcover, August 2013, ISBN 978-1401240196; paperback, January 2013, ISBN 978-1401242831)
  • Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol. 3 (collects Batman: Arkham Unhinged #11–15 and Batman: Arkham Unhinged End Game #1, 232 pages; hardcover, January 2014, ISBN 978-1401243050; paperback, August 2014, ISBN 978-1401246808)
  • Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol. 4 (collects Batman: Arkham Unhinged #16–20, 168 pages; hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 978-1401246815)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1 (October 2011)
  2. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #3 (November 2011)
  3. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #4 (November 2011)
  4. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #5 (November 2011)
  5. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #6 (November 2011)
  6. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #8 (December 2011)
  7. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #10 (December 2011)
  8. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #11 (December 2011)
  9. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #12 (January 2012)
  10. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #13 (January 2012)
  11. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #14 (January 2012)
  12. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #15 (January 2012)
  13. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #16 (January 2012)
  14. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #17 (February 2012)
  15. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #18 (February 2012)
  16. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #19 (February 2012)
  17. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #20 (February 2012)
  18. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #21 (March 2012)
  19. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #22 (March 2012)
  20. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #23 (March 2012)
  21. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #24 (March 2012)
  22. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #25 (April 2012)
  23. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #26 (April 2012)
  24. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #27 (April 2012)
  25. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #28 (April 2012)
  26. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #29 (May 2012)
  27. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #30 (May 2012)
  28. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #31 (May 2012)
  29. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #32 (July 2012)
  30. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #33 (July 2012)
  31. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #34 (July 2012)
  32. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #35 (July 2012)
  33. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #36 (July 2012)
  34. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #37 (August 2012)
  35. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #38 (August 2012)
  36. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #39 (August 2012)
  37. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #40 (August 2012)
  38. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #41 (September 2012)
  39. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #42 (September 2012)
  40. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #43 (September 2012)
  41. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #44 (September 2012)
  42. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #45 (October 2012)
  43. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #46 (October 2012)
  44. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #47 (October 2012)
  45. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #48 (October 2012)
  46. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #49 (October 2012)
  47. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #50 (November 2012)
  48. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #51 (November 2012)
  49. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #52 (November 2012)
  50. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #53 (November 2012)
  51. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #54 (December 2012)
  52. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #55 (December 2012)
  53. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #56 (December 2012)
  54. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #57 (December 2012)
  55. ^ Batman: Arkham Unhinged #58 (January 2013)