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Video Game Review: Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge

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After the demise of her beloved Mr. J, Harley Quinn is out for revenge against Batman and anyone that tries to help him stop her and her goons. In this downloadable add-on for Batman: Arkham City, you play as Robin and Batman in an attempt to stop Harley Quinn from destroying Arkham City and anyone that gets in her way.

harley-quinns-revenge-2Harley Quinn’s Revenge adds an additional two hours of game play to Batman: Arkham City. If you already own the game, you can purchase the download through the main menu of the game. It is a little steep for only two hours of game play at $9.99.

Harley Quinn gets yet another makeover for her oneshot, self-titled video game debut. She is in mourning, so her costume, hair and makeup has gotten a lot darker. I love her new look and attitude.

The game opens with Robin speaking to Barbara as they try to figure out what has happened to Batman. You start off as the boy wonder,who has gotten a pretty anti boy wonder, ninja type makeover, searching Arkham City for signs of the Dark Knight. I 2373725-bac_hqr_006love that they offer game play as two different characters, it helps make the price paid for it a little more worth it considering the Robin bundle for the main game is $9.99 itself.

The difficulty level of finding Batman and taking on Harley Quinn as Robin I would rate as fairly challenging.

Once you save Batman, you then continue through the rest of the game as the Dark Knight. The graphics are fantastic and the story line is definitely worth checking out. My main complaint is that the additional two hours seemed to be a lot less than two hours to me. I guess if you are hqrreview2new to gaming or just learning how to play this style game, it may really take two hours.  It is however, more challenging than Arkham City.

All in all, I enjoyed Harley Quinn’s Revenge and I am quite happy with forking over the $10.94 (after tax) for it. I highly recommend this to any Batman fan that enjoyed Arkham City that wanted a little more out of the game. I would not recommend this to anyone that has not played either Arkham Asylum or Arkham City as you can not adjust the difficulty level, so it may be a bit more challenging if you have never played this type of game before.

 

Video Game Review: Batman: Arkham City

arkham_city_360_final1Manufacturer: Warner Bros.

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Genre: Action

Rating: Teen (violence, blood, alcohol use, sexual innuendos, language)

Downloadable Content: Catwoman Bundle, Robin Bundle, Nightwing Bundle, Avatar Costumes, Themes, Harley Quinn’s Revenge (separate review coming)

Platform: XBOX 360

Buy Batman: Arkham City

I know I’m going a little out of order with this review since Arkham City comes after Batman: Arkham Asylum, but I personally prefer Arkham City.

Picking up right after Arkham Asylum, in Batman: Arkham City you play as Batman hunting down villains such as Joker, ArkhamCityJokerHarley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Mr. Freeze, Bane and many others while trying to save Gotham. With the downloadable character bundles, you can also play as Catwoman, Robin or Nightwing.

The story line for this game is way better than Arkham Asylum. I love the idea of facing more than just one of Gotham’s famous villains. I know there were similar situations in Arkham Asylum, but there is more than just Joker and Harley Quinn in the main focus. Penguin gets quite a large story line himself. I makes the game more challenging and keeps the game interesting.

The one thing I really didn’t care for was the amount of side missions. Similar to Arkham Asylum, there are side missions for Riddler, but in Arkham City, there are a lot more side missions such as working with Bane to destroy TITAN containers, finding Nora Fries, playing a serious game of phone tag with Victor Zsasz and many others. All of these side missions clutter the map and make it harder to concentrate on the main objectives of the game. Some side missions are great, but there are way too many.

640x773HarleyQuinnDLCBattman1Through the years, every Batman character has gotten a more modern makeover. The new looks of the villains in Arkham City are the best so far. The looks are almost a steampunk style. Harley Quinn is the most drastic makeover. The mask and headpiece are gone and she dawns skin tight, leather getup. The one makeover I did not care much for was Penguin.

*SPOILER ALERT* (If you have yet to play this game and do not want to know what happens at the end, skip the next paragraph)

Joker infects Batman with his blood that has been tainted by the TITAN formula, and now Batman has to work with Freeze to make a cure for the disease. The cure does get manufactured, but Joker messes up and shatters the vile that contains the cure after Batman takes some. Joker and Batman exchange one more witty round of verbal blows Arkham_City_Penguinbefore Joker meets his demise. While this idea is a good one, I would have liked to have seen a villain of Joker’s status have a more extreme end. Batman carried Joker’s lifeless body out of the Steel Mill and lays him out on the hood of a police car in front of Jim Gordon and Harley Quinn. Batman shoulders the responsibility of Joker’s death because he could have saved him, and he leaves in a very dark state. Which brings us to Harley Quinn’s Revenge.

All in all, I loved Batman: Arkham City. The story line and characters made the game both challenging and a lot of fun to play. I highly recommend this one to any Batman fan.

Stay tuned for the review of Harley Quinn’s Revenge!

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THE NEW 52!: Batman: Joker’s Daughter

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DC Comics/February 5, 2014/One Shot/#1/$4.99/48 Pages/Color/Rated T

Written by: Marguerite Bennett

Art by: Meghan Hetrick-Murante

Cover by: Georges Jeanty

Buy Batman Jokers Daughter #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joker’s Daughter is not new to the DC universe, but like many other DC characters, she has received a makeover in this “THE NEW 52!” one shot. She made her New 52! appearance in the revamp of the Catwoman series where she was sporting the Joker’s face as a flesh mask after it was cut off by the Dollmaker.

I picked this up on my weekly visit to my local comic shop (Heroic Adventures).  The cover and story both looked promising.

Who is The Joker’s Daughter? What horrors lurk in the mind of this deranged lunatic, and why is there more to her than meets the eye? More than just a crazy person who stumbled upon The Joker’s face, more than just a woman with a mission, The Joker’s Daughter sees herself as a woman on the path of greed, dominance and lordship over the Gotham Underground. This special issue tells a sordid tale in the life of one of DC’s most popular new villains!

The art work in this book is absolutely stunning. The colors are all dark, but they still pop. Each panel is beautifully detailed.

The story that Marguerite Bennett wrote is creepy and suspenseful. I am a huge fan of Harley Quinn, but Joker’s Daughter may be the creepier, most sadistic female version of Joker.

The only spoilers that I will give you about this issue, Joker’s Daughter goes after the Dollmaker to make the Joker flesh mask her real face. It is a twisted, graphic sequence that results in a new crowned princess of crime. Not only does she get a creepy new face, but she goes as far as having the blood of Joker injected into herself.

If you are a fan of Joker, Harley Quinn or the previous appearances of Joker’s Daughter, I highly recommend this book to you. It is a great read and you won’t be disappointed. I really hope DC decides to either write her into more stories in other series, giver her her own series or both. I am loving this character.

Harley Quinn Gets A Makeover In Her New Comic Book Series From DC Comics: The NEW 52!

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My favorite Batman villain has always been the bubbly bad girl with eyes for the Joker, Harley Quinn.  Harley has had her own line of comic books for sometime now, and now DC has given her a brand new series and with every new series comes a new look for Ms. Quinn.  While at my local comic shop, I found the first two issues of the new series, #0 and #1.

Harley-Quinn-0-coverIssue #0 (January 2014) is more of a mash-up of different ways that different artists would portray Harley in her new series.  17 different comic book artists are featured and on every page is a new version of Harley Quinn. Names such as Tony Daniel, Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Dave Johnson, Jeremy Roberts, and other big names in the comic illustration business.  The cover art is colorful and eye catching featuring Harley kissing a large picture of Mr. J’s face.

Issue #1 (February 2014) “Hot In The City” has a full story line and only one artist.  The story quinn1was written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.  The artwork was done by Chad Hardin and Alex Sinclair was the colorist.  I loved the direction of the story and the new look of Harley.  In issue #1, she was part hero and part villain.  She is followed by assassins who are trying to take her out.  She also gets a new a job, one very fitting to her character type, a roller derby girl.  I don’t want to spoil it for those who have yet to read it, but it is amazing.  The cover art for this one, like that of issue #0, is very colorful and eye catching.

Issue #2 is due out on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  There will be a quest appearance by Harley’s good friend, Poison Ivy.  What trouble will these Gotham bad girls get into together?

I picked up issues #0 and #1 for $2.99 at Bills Books and more, but if you do not have a local comic shop, you can pick them up on Amazon for the same price. Buy Harley Quinn #0 and #1

When I pick up #2, I will do a review of it as well as the issues that follow.  If you would like me to review any other comic titles, feel free to contact me via the “contact me” button at the top of the page, email me at littleblogofhorror@yahoo.com or CLICK HERE to start a thread on the LBoH Forum.