Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Jeremy Haun
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 11, 2013
Way back in September 2013 we had just started our site and wham! bam! we got Villain's Month. Well, there is nothing like a big event to show you that maybe you jumped into the deep end of the pool. Eric and Myself struggled through it and started learning all about the comics review game and all the fame and fortune that comes with it. I liked this Riddler origin story and I think it plays well this week as we start the War of Jokes and Riddles. -Jim
The Riddler loves a challenge. He breaks into Wayne Enterprises, exacts some sadistic revenge and
I like this Riddler. He isn't just a joke and while I love the Batman '66 version, I think he is still looked at as goofy all these years later. I know there are other versions since, but I haven't been reading comics almost all my life like a certain reviewer for this site.
Edward Nygma has gotten a push recently in the Batman Zero Year story. Scott Snyder has shown just enough to raise my curiosity of who this Riddler really is. Batman #23.2 is not an origin story and it's not a Zero Year tie-in per se, but an awesome one shot that shows what the New 52 Riddler is all about. I think I like it because it ties into the regular run of Batman going on right now, even if it threw me off a bit since I am kind of in the Villain's Month swing of things.
Writer Ray Fawkes (with story by him and Scott Snyder) really hits the mark here. Everything fits so perfectly into the Bat Universe. The Riddler is so cool. He is the smartest guy in the room and he knows it. Yes, he is a sadistic SOB who has personal space issues, but he is still so likable. I can't wait for more of him in Zero Year. I also want to see more of Ray Fawkes.
I am already a fan of Jeremy Haun after this issue. Everything looks so good here and the art is a great compliment to the story going on. I'm not sure if everyone will go for this look of the Riddler, but Haun keeps it accurate to the Capullo version going on right now and I really like it...a lot! If we could get a Fawkes/Haun book right now, I'd be a happy man.
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Batman #23.2 is a great issue. Ray Fawkes fleshes out the Riddler and I love him. Everyone should read this and being a one shot, everyone can fully enjoy it. Just remember, the Riddler likes his cards and never, I mean never, touch him.