Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2: Children of Arkham Review
If the first episode of Telltale’s Batman series introduced us to the different sides of Bruce Wayne - the brutal vigilante, the billionaire socialite, and the soon-to-be World’s Greatest Detective - then Episode Two, titled Children of Arkham, explores how these parts come together. In doing so it delivers some wonderfully shocking moments and sets up an intriguing new adventure for the Dark Knight.
Despite being roughly half an hour shorter than the first episode (which is two hours long) Episode Two surpasses its predecessor Realm of Shadows in terms of character development and storytelling. While the new antagonists, the eponymous Children of Arkham, are an intriguing new foil to the Caped Crusader, they don't appear until late in the episode and won't be truly captivating until more of their plan is revealed in future episodes. As with any good Batman story, it's ultimately the ghosts of Bruce Wayne’s past that make this installment a compelling continuation of the Telltale series. Keeping things vague to avoid too many spoilers, this installment focuses on whether Bruce can accept what may or may not be a disturbing truth about his family, which leads to iconic figures from the Batman lore being shown in very different, much more interesting light.