Arkham City: The Order Of the World by Dan Watters (currently in Iceland) and Dani (presumably not in Iceland) sees its first issue out today. And like a number of mini-series, it does its best to tie into current Batman continuity, putting "Fear State" in the solicitation headline and maybe keep its sales a little higher as a result. And indeed it does so, mentioning the events of A-Day, starring a psychiatrist who survive the attack on Arkham Asylum, and looking at the inmates who also survived but escaped. With her case files, her studies and her knowledge. Basically, it has nothing to do with Fear State, there are no Magistrate, no Peacekeeepers, no Scarecrow. What it is, is a sequel to those first Batman Infinite Frontier issues, taking a thread and pulling it all the way back to Grant Morrison and Dave McKean's Arkham Asylum graphic novel. That book, frankly, was a mess. But what it did have were the case files and the notebooks of the Arkham Asylum inmates, expressing themselves in whatever statements or doodles they chose, portraying and reflecting their condition, their outlook on life, and defining them ina superior way than had been attempted before.
And it's that aspect that Arkham City managed to replicate, take on and turn into the narrative drive of the first issue, looking across the city at where the Asylum's former patients may have ended up, from Professor Pyg… told in third person perspective but inside their head.
To the Mad Hatter, acting like the White Rabbit, with his own demons in pursuit.
Or Nocturna and Dr Phosphoris just trying to do their own thing and live in peace, even if they are giving their neighbours cancer.
While we have the introduction of someone new, making all those observations, The Ten-Eyed Man.
The omniscient narrator in new Batman bad-guy form…n narrating the particulars of all the other inmates. Just don't call him Eye-Boy, okay?
ARKHAM CITY THE ORDER OF THE WORLD #1 (OF 6) CVR A SAM WOLFE CONNELLY (FEAR STATE)
(W) Dan Watters (A) Dani (CA) Sam Wolfe Connelly
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.
Retail: $3.99 In-Store Date: 10/5/2021