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Gaming the Batman: A 300-Page Book on the Art of 'Arkham'

Lose yourself inside 'Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight.'
July 28, 2015, 2:50pm
A moody Batman concept by John Gravato, including an early Batarang design. All images courtesy of Rocksteady Studios and Daniel Wallace © Abrams Books, 2015

It's a major first for the critically acclaimed Batman video game series: Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight, an official, 304-page book, put together by Rocksteady Studios and Daniel Wallace, the man also behind books The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime and Batman: The World of the Dark Knight.

Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight comprises the best of Batman sketches, art pieces, and paintings straight from the studio behind the critically-acclaimed games. Consisting of over 400 color and black-and-white illustrations which take Caped Crusader fans through every stage of the creative process. The book also offers reader exclusive interviews and other takes on making the iconic superhero playable, an engrossing and comprehensive look into The Joker's favorite activity: gaming the Bat.

John Gravato's striking concept of the Joker, exploring the balance between comic book design and realism.

Two-Face flanked by thugs. In early concepts, some thugs would bear gruesome mutilations. Art by Kan Muftic

A Kan Muftic character concept for Harley exploring the jester aspects of her costume.

Commissioner Gordon is seen in this design by Oliver Odmark.

Batman stands atop an outsized public monument. Art by Oliver Odmark

To learn more about Rocksteady Studios, click here. To learn more about Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight, out now from Harry N. Abrams, click here.

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