A videgame based on a comic book getting its own tie-in comic, and all produced by the same publisher? Craziness! Warner Bros.-owned DC Comics today announced a Batman: Arkham City mini-series, which will serve as a prequel to this fall’s PS3/360/PC sequel.

The series will span six issues and is written by Paul Dini, who is behind both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Concept artist Carlos D’anda is tackling the visuals.

Arkham City‘s comic kicks off a two issue launch in May, with the remaining chapters stretching out through the fall. Fans will be able to pick them up both in physical form, or digitally day-and-date for just $2.99 per issue. Opt for the digital path, and there’s an additional bonus for you: access to $1.00 8-page interludes by Dini and a collection of artists which will drop between the regular comic’s publication run. These extra entries will be available at a later date, printed in a physical collection. Why not scoop them early?

“The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher, “The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won’t be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries. Fans will also be able to read these interludes in print later, when we publish the collected edition.”

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