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Preview: Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (of 6)

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (of 6)

(W) Dan Watters (A) Dani
In Shops: Jan 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Dr. Joy is now face to face with the ghost of Amadeus Arkham-the ghost that she had assured all her patients did not exist. Now faced with overwhelming evidence that the Ten-Eyed Man’s “delusions” were anything but, she has found herself questioning everything. Meanwhile, Dr. Phosphorus and Nocturna attempt to live a “normal” life in Gotham, but the good doctor’s radioactive body may be having unforeseen side effects on their unsuspecting neighbors.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

INFERNO #4

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (DC Comics) – Having to deal with the inmates who escaped Arkham on “A day”, this series has been a tense thriller.

Bad Kitty for President (Roaring Brook Press) – It’s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! We’re new to this line of books but what we’ve read so far is fantastic. They’re both entertaining and educational with great lessons for kids (and adults).

Dark Knights of Steel #3 (DC Comics) – The fantasy setting for the DC universe has been interesting so far with shocking moments that have kept us entertained and wanting to see what’s next. A fantastic “elseworlds” type story.

Fourth Man #1 (AWA Studios) – Three dead bodies lay in a rural morgue – all murdered in the span of three weeks. It’s up to two detectives from opposite sides of the tracks to determine who put them there. Yeah, we’re game for this.

Inferno #4 (Marvel) – This is it! Jonathan Hickman’s era for the X-Men ends here and we have no idea how it’s going to wrap up.

Monkey Meat #1 (Image Comics) – Juni Ba has impressed us with everything done so far, so we’re excited for this anthology series from the creator.

Nocterra Special (Image Comics) – The book of Blacktop Bill! It’s origin of the mysterious villain.

One-Star Squadron #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had us laughing at this series that looks at the “also ran” heroes and their agency to help people.

So Far So Good (Centrala) – The story of the Mann brothers and their band waging guerilla war against the Communist regime in the early 1950s could be the most dramatic Czech tale of the 20th century.

West #1 (Uncivilized Comics) – Farmers uncover a conspiracy when they discover something in the depths of a tech corporation.

Preview: Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (of 6)

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 (of 6)

(W) Dan Watters (A) Dani
In Shops: Jan 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Dr. Joy is now face to face with the ghost of Amadeus Arkham-the ghost that she had assured all her patients did not exist. Now faced with overwhelming evidence that the Ten-Eyed Man’s “delusions” were anything but, she has found herself questioning everything. Meanwhile, Dr. Phosphorus and Nocturna attempt to live a “normal” life in Gotham, but the good doctor’s radioactive body may be having unforeseen side effects on their unsuspecting neighbors.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4

Preview: Arkham City: The Order of the World #2

Arkham City: The Order of the World #2

Art by: Dan Watters
Written by: Dani Strips

The Joker’s attack on Arkham Asylum left the long-standing Gotham establishment in ruin, most of the patients killed or missing, and only a handful of surviving staff-a few nurses, a gravely injured security guard, and one doctor. In the chaos of the assault, it is believed that several of the asylum’s patients escaped and scurried off into the dark nooks and crannies of Gotham City. Now, these Arkhamites walk among us, and it’s up to the Asylum’s one remaining doctor, Jocasta Joy, to round up her former patients. Meet these Arkhamites: a woman with no face, a pyggy in search of perfection, a man who feels nothing and burns everything, a woman who must devour life to save herself, a man unfit for the waking world who looks instead for Wonderland, a body with more than one soul, a being unbound from time who lives in the present and the past, a boy who seeks the comfort of vermin, and the twisted man who sees them all for who they are. And witness the avenging angel who stalks them. This fall, join writer Dan Watters and artist Dani on an odyssey through the deepest depths and darkest shadows of Gotham City and find all-new reasons to fear the night.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #2

Around the Tubes

Intrusion

It’s a new week and everyone is recovering from New York Comic Con. What news from the convention stood out to you? Sounds off in the comments! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Damn, The Guardians Of The Galaxy Game’s Soundtrack Is Great – Cool, but how’s the actual game?

Kotaku – Avengers Adds Paid Experience Boosts, Pissing Off Everybody – Not good.

KTXL Fox – GoFundMe launched for comic book store after break-in – A shop needs help.

Multiversity Comics – “The Breakaways” Banned in Texas School District Over Trans Representation – Sigh.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Amazing Spider-Man #74
AIPT – Arkham City: The Order of the World #1
The Beat – Intrusion
Comic Book Bin – James Bond: Himeros #1
Comic Book Bin – Jonna and the Unpossible Monster #7
NorthernStar – The Last God
Collected Editions – The Low, Low Woods
Comic Book Bin – Rick and Morty: Rick’s New Hat #4
Talking Comics – Squad
Comic Book Bin – Suicide Jockeys #2

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Death-defying romance in VAMPIRE GIRLFRIENDS – Free comics!

Reviews

Batman News – Arkham City: The Order of the World #1
Geek Dad – Arkham City: The Order of the World #1
But Why Tho Podcast – Champions #10
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Defenders #3

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Preview: Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Written by: Dan Watters
Art by: Dani Strips

The Joker’s attack on Arkham Asylum left the long-standing Gotham establishment in ruin, most of the patients killed or missing, and only a handful of surviving staff—a few nurses, a gravely injured security guard, and one doctor. In the chaos of the assault, it is believed that several of the asylum’s patients escaped and scurried off into the dark nooks and crannies of Gotham City. Now, these Arkhamites walk among us, and it’s up to the Asylum’s one remaining doctor, Jocasta Joy, to round up her former patients.

Meet these Arkhamites: a woman with no face, a pyggy in search of perfection, a man who feels nothing and burns everything, a woman who must devour life to save herself, a man unfit for the waking world who looks instead for Wonderland, a body with more than one soul, a being unbound from time who lives in the present and the past, a boy who seeks the comfort of vermin, and the twisted man who sees them all for who they are. And witness the avenging angel who stalks them.

This fall, join writer Dan Watters and artist Dani on an odyssey through the deepest depths and darkest shadows of Gotham City and find all-new reasons to fear the night.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Review: Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

DC has been weaving a very interesting world and story in their Batman titles. Since “Future State” ended, everything presented has been a step towards that dystopian fascist nightmare. To kick off the slide into police rule, “A Day” wiped out Arkham Asylum murdering patients and caregivers, and freeing some of the inmates. It was an attack that set in motion Simon Saint’s vision for a new “police force” for Gotham in the Batman comics and began the tension that has been present throughout James Tynion IV’s run. But, what about those inmate that escaped? Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 explores that focusing on Dr. Joy and the police tasked with rounding up the escaped inmates.

Written by Dan Watters, Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is an interesting comic as it feels a lot like a police procedural you’d see on television. Dr. Joe attempts to deal with some of the inmates as they’re being apprehended by the police but we also see the media swarming. The comic has an underlying debate about what the public needs to know and if they do, will that only cause more panic? And Watters is very smart about that. While the comic opens with the apprehension of Ratcatcher, it bounces around with glimpses of other characters with one delivering an unexpected twist that attempts to answer the question thrown out to the readers.

The comic also has a solid debate within about what to do with these individuals. Are they criminals? Do they need psychological help? With Arkham destroyed, what facilities are there to handle them? It’s a debate about our own healthcare/mental health/jail system and what’s the best way to handle certain individuals. It adds a level of intelligence to the comic that could easily just be a riff on Se7en (and the comic has a lot of vibes from that film).

What really stands out is the art by Dani. The style is fantastic with a look that’s a bit Francesco Francavilla, Jae Lee, and Tim Sale. With Dave Stewart‘s colors, the comic is disturbing at times and beautiful at others. But, overall, there’s a tension that is created with the art style and colors that fits the narrative so well. There’s a coldness about it all that matches Dr. Joy and the characters within. It’s a fantastic mix of visuals and colors that come together to really drive home the mood and ride the readers are taken on. Aditya Bidikar‘s lettering too adds to that all with a mix of handwritten notes and dialogue each giving so much personality to the characters. The lettering adds to the unease and coldness of it all.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is a solid start, perfect for the Halloween season. It answers some important questions raised after “A Day” that aren’t being dealt with elsewhere. Most importantly, it ties into the greater narrative without being bogged down by it. This is a comic that has a style, voice, and vision all its own and for those that love horror or police procedurals, this a comic that’s a must get.

Story: Dan Watters Art: Dani
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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