Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Writer: Dan Watters Artist: Dani Strips Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 6, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 27
8.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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 more

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Oct 11, 2021

    ‘Arkham' City #1 is a wonderfully gothic affair with the characters to match. Dan Watters proves his horror credentials once more with this debut issue that is only elevated in the creep states with the artwork of Dani. Read Full Review

  • 10
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Oct 7, 2021

    Anyone who says they have never struggled with their mental health is either a liar or dead. Any book which examine how media have painted those with issues shows genuine progress. These is no right answer, but asking the question is sometimes enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Eduardo Fiuza Vedana Oct 5, 2021

    Overall, Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is certainly something worth keeping an eye on. Nearly everything works out for me, and all the plot points introduced here are sure to leave you absurdly thirsty for more. Jocasta Joy and Ten-Eyed Man are extremely engaging narrators and bring some fresh, captivating dynamics into the story, but the standout is absolutely, without a doubt Dani's earth-shattering art that simply moves the book. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Oct 5, 2021

    Watters crafts an interesting and mysterious first chapter in this new series. I loved how dark and twisted the story line is. And I am excited by the possibilities that are presented. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Oct 6, 2021

    THE HOOK:Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is what happens after the Jokers attack on Arkham Asylum (Infinite Frontier #0).  Writer Dan Watters picks up the pieces from the attack and spins a tale focusing on the single remaining psychologist from Arkham Asylum, Dr. Jacosta Joy.  Dr. Joy has made it her goal to track down the patients who escaped from Arkham and get them the help they need. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 6, 2021

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 5, 2021

    Arkham City: The Order of the World is the kind of story you read around a campfire to give you the chills. There's an edge to it that only comes around every few years at DC Comics, showcasing the oddities of Gotham in a way that feels ethereal and pure, but its focus is the muck and disturbed nature of the people that come from it. Arkham City is a story that is filled with mystery and unease that Batman: The Long Halloween fans will gobble up with delight. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 5, 2021

    Arkham has been a mainstay of Gotham for a long time, but it's never really been asked"it's a bad system, but what happens when it collapses? This team seems ideally positioned to answer that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Oct 6, 2021

    It's hard to say if this is the best opening to a new series that I've reviewed, but I think I can safely say it's the most promising. With a unique and captivating premise, an artstyle that knows how to be charming and distinct, and a cast of characters that have a lot of different things to offer, this series is shaping up to be a very fascinating creature. It's got me excited for the next issue, and I'm keen to see if the creative team can hit their stride and truly tame this beast of a comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Tanner Dedmon Oct 6, 2021

    Arkham City: The Order of the World has a sinister and somber appeal to it that's not found as often in the bigger Gotham series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Lillian Hochwender Oct 7, 2021

    Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is ambitious and visually arresting. Looking through the eyes of Arkhams former inmates, it also accentuates the ways both reality & fiction often fail mentally ill people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jeremy Bernard Mar 14, 2022

    Even though the final issue or two might not have the same incredible pacing as the previous issues, Arkham City: Order of the World is absolutely worth your while. From the art, to the colors, to the lettering to the character dynamics, this six-issue series possesses the grace and flexibility of Robin the Boy Wonder. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jan 1, 1970

    Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is a creepy and brilliant start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Oct 5, 2021

    Arkham City: The Order Of The World #1 is David Fincher's Seven in a Gotham City without a Batman. How does a city cope when Arkham inmates are on the loose and only the GCPD and one criminal psychologist are on the job to stop/save them? It's too early to tell if this is an entertaining read, but it's certainly a dark one. Read Full Review

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