Batman #23.2

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes Artist: Jeremy Haun Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 14
8.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

With The Dark Knight out of the picture, The Riddler engages in an epic game of wits. Learn what maddening early moments led a young Edward Nygma to evolve into Gotham City's Prince of Mischief! And see how events of ZERO YEAR continue to affect The Riddler today!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 13, 2013

    Never before has the Riddler been more perfectly portrayed. This issue is well worth the extra dollar for the awesome cover by Guillem March. And though this is a one-shot by nature, it successfully does what every one-and-done comic book should: It references past stories (Zero Year) and leads into new events (Forever Evil) to build excitement and reward the devoted longtime readers, all while simultaneously telling a complete story that makes perfect logical sense to a new reader. Like I said. A perfect comic. Well done, guys. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 14, 2013

    The beginning of the book sets up five different riddles which have answers revealed as The Riddler's plans are revealed through the book. Awesome story telling that left me wanting a monthly Riddler book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 11, 2013

    BATMAN #23.2: RIDDLER was a big surprise for a few reasons. Obviously, because Scott Snyder had a hand in this issue, it was going to feel more connected to the main series than some of the other Villains Month books, but Fawkes, Haun, and Rausch really turned this into a fantastic one-shot book that really helped define who The Riddler is and what he means to the BATMAN series. This is one of Villains Month books you should pick up, and if you still need a little more persuasion, then check out how spiffy the 3D version of the cover looks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 14, 2013

    With Villains Month being very inconsistent so far it was nice to finally read an outstanding issue, as although there have been a few great ones, there haven't been any at this level so far. The issue itself got the Riddler character perfectly, having some fun, and interesting riddles, as well as brilliant interaction, and some exciting sequences. Due to all this I'd highly recommend it, and especially if you're reading Zero Year, as although not a direct tie-in, it goes very nicely with the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Melissa Grey Sep 11, 2013

    While several of the Villains Month titles use the one-off issues as a space to expand on their series' ongoing stories, Batman #23.2 does double duty as a standalone and a part of a larger plot. The issue situates itself nicely in relation to Snyder and Greg Capullo's Zero Year while also providing a satisfying single issue experience on its own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 11, 2013

    Riddler #1 is a great one-shot with a satisfying ending that defines the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Sep 13, 2013

    I'll be frank, I got a real kick out of this whole issue, and would welcome Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun back to do a story on the Riddler any time they pleased! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 13, 2013

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Sep 11, 2013

    The artwork is by Jeremy Haun and it's solid overall. There's really nothing too special about it though since it's rather average in a way. It's all good, but nothing really stands out or is really that memorable, outside of maybe one scene involving electricity. The coloring is sort of the same way, where it's good but kind of dull with its flat tone and shading. This difference in art is definitely noticeable especially coming off of Greg Capullo's work on the title so far. 9.0 Great one-shot story.The writing is excellent.Riddler is awesome in this story.This is not really a Zero Year tie-in like advertisement says.The art, while good, is rather average and boring. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Sep 11, 2013

    But make no mistake: Riddler #1 is all about the mind, not the image. It's a fun heist-type story and, while it doesn't deliver much in terms of its Zero Year tie-in promise, it is a worthwhile read nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 13, 2013

    Batman #23.2: Riddler is one of the stronger entries that has come out of Villain's Month so far, and a must read for anyone following Snyder & Capullo's Batman. The Riddler has always given Bruce a run for his money, and this issue does a solid job of showing just what he is capable of, and willing to do, to exact his view of how the world should be. He is calculating, enigmatic (ha!) and brilliant, everything the Riddler should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Sep 19, 2013

    While some view Villains Month as a gimmick to increase sales across the board for DC's comics, Batman #23.2/Riddler #1 feels thought out and part of the universe. It doesn't leave the reader with the impression that something great or immense is coming over the horizon, but as a one-shot story, it's above average. There's a bit of character development and a steady pace with some weight. Will readers find themselves lost if they decide to pass? Most likely — no. Still, for those who want to see the Riddler in action, it's something, and that's better than nothing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 12, 2013

    Batman #23.2: The Riddler ties for my favorite Villains Month title so far (next to Green Lantern #23.1: Relic). Scott Snyder's story written out by Ray Fawkes is surprisingly minimal with a big punch at the end that actually gives the Riddler more depth. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Sep 17, 2013

    The Riddler is not one to be taken lightly. While the world quakes under the pressure of Forever Evil, he has a score to settle, with a new found confidence that should strike fear into even the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 11, 2013

    Riddler is a pretty great character that doesn't really get the respect and use in books he deserves. This issue (which I believe was the first present day story of the New 52 featuring him) along with Zero Year are certainly steps in the right direction to change the lack of use Riddler's seen in recent years, but in the end, I couldn't help but want a little more pay off. There was potential for a really cool ending, but Riddler's ego sort of hampered that by making this all about settling a personal score for being roughed up that one time. All things considered though, it was still a clever and fun Riddler story with some pretty good art. We don't get a lot of Riddler stories, but this was definitely fun for what it was. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Sep 13, 2013

    In a sea of Villain's Month titles which feature tired origins, "Riddler" stands out by keeping the story in the present and showing how the Crime Syndicate's global takeover is affecting Gotham City. Ray Fawkes, with the assistance of Scott Snyder on plot, captures the maniacal and obsessive nature of Edward Nygma, and establishes a place for him in the New 52 that is far from his gimmicky roots. Jeremy Haun brings a different visual style to Gotham then that which is normally seen in "Batman" and while the art is very well done, the nature of the plot confined Haun a little, and it would be interesting to see what he could do with a story set outside an office building. Overall "Riddler" is a very good comic book, and accomplishes the impressive feat of tying into the universe wide event while furthering the story being told in the main "Batman" title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 13, 2013

    The Riddler isn't the type of villain that seems to have a crime syndicate or bag of tricks to play on Batman, but when done right, this character is every bit as interesting any other Batman villain. This comic book is worth picking for the story as well as the cool looking cover. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Mike Miersen Sep 14, 2013

    Normally, I suggest staying away from sub-issues like this as they tend to be nothing more than cheap money grabs. However, this is a solid issue. You don't even really need to be caught up with the events of the Trinity War to get this, it's pretty self contained. It's a solid reccomend. It's a good Riddler story that, in true Riddler fashion, tells you how it's going to go from the very beginning in the form of riddles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Sep 12, 2013

    The Riddler is a worthy foe for Batman, and thats exactly what Snyder/Fawkes show in his solo issue. Not only is this story entertaining, but Hauns art makes it gorgeous. This is easily one of the best Villains Month issues and even if this is a gimmick from DC, The Riddler makes it worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Sep 16, 2013

    Overall, it's too bad Fawkes and Snyder couldn't have been free to tell this story as a complete stand-alone without any references to the Forever Evil story, as I suspect the additional page of space might have been put to better use given the overall quality of what we see in this issue. But, in the same way this creative team had to work within the constraints given to them, so must this reviewer. If you enjoyed Edward Nygma's previous appearances in the "Zero Year" story arcs, this issue will certainly provide keen snippet into the predatory nature of a villain whom many readers overlook in light of his more prominent intellect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 12, 2013

    While it might all be setup, Batman #23.2 is still a solid entry in the Villains Month event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Sep 11, 2013

    "Batman" #23.2 is a skillfully-built tale that is exemplary of what a standalone comic book story can and should be, all the while playing its part in a larger storyline. Halfway into Villains Month, this so far is one of the best tie-ins to come out of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Sep 13, 2013

    Pretty good fill-in issue. Ties back to the continuity of Zero Year, and it is pleasing to the eye. The character feels right. Totally made up for the train wreck that was issue #23.1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 14, 2013

    Not bad. This is a comic that will appeal a little bit to people reading Zero Year and it does feature a different spin on The Riddler. Villains' Month is still kinda silly though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Sep 15, 2013

    The Riddler's one-shot was probably the issue I was most looking forward to this week, and on the story side, it delivered excellently. The artwork lets down what is a revealing look at Edward Nigma's psyche, and whilst it doesn't tie-in the way that it was advertised, that doesn't stop this issue being a part of the Scott Snyder Bat-epic. It's just a shame that we couldn't snag Greg Capullo along the way. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 14, 2013

    I am legitimately excited to see what Scott Snyder does with the Riddler in Zero Year. I've always liked the character, and he's been kind of special in the New 52. He's an underestimated Batman villain. And this is a great issue for the Riddler. He's clever, he's smart, and he's sadistic when it counts. But it's not an origin story, and it doesn't really tie into either Zero Year or Forever Evil. So it's just a nice little story about the Riddler. Simple as that. Read Full Review

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