Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Minkyu Jung Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 13, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 17
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7.1User Rating

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On the eve of Batman's wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City's finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder?  

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jun 13, 2018

    If you aren't reading Batman Prelude to the Wedding, you need to. The third in the series, Batgirl vs. Riddler is, like Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul and Nightwing vs. Hush, excellent. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 13, 2018

    I really enjoyed this tale as well as the greatest sense that the events in this prelude special actually do matter. There's a nice tease to the final installment as well as the next chapter pitting Red Hood vs Anarky. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Jun 13, 2018

    These Prelude to the Wedding stories have been fun. It is interesting to see how the various members of the Bat-family pair off with the big guns of Batman's rogues gallery. Batman and Catwoman's marriage plans seem to be the worst kept secret in Gotham. It is hard to see how the city will survive the ceremony. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jun 13, 2018

    With Batman and Catwoman finally tying the knot, Seeley and Jung play with the idea of other hero/villain romantic relationships. Overall, the issue highlights Batgirls' total badassery, as she serves The Riddler the ultimate rejection: a crushing defeat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Jun 13, 2018

    BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - BATGIRL VS. THE RIDDLER #1 is an awesome one-shot. The artwork is bold and dynamic. The story is great and has an intriguing plot. It's a real battle of wits and both the Riddler and Batgirl are presented at their best in this issue. Absolutely, a must read! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson Jun 13, 2018

    Even though it is Batman and Catwoman tying the knot in a few weeks, Seelys prelude makes you want to know (even more than you already did) about how the rest of the Batman mythology is reacting to the big news. This series continues to be a great companion read to Kings Batman storyline and I definitely recommend picking it up from Chapter One so you can be in the loop about how each of these classic characters play a role in the exchanging of vowels. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 13, 2018

    As each week brings us closer to wedding bells, Seeley is reveling in the chance to share how the BatCat union is affecting the different members of the Batfamily and at the end of the day, it's just a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Brian Clements Jun 13, 2018

    Writer Tim Seeley has put together a nice, tight adventure for Batgirl, centered around the upcoming nuptials. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Jun 13, 2018

    This was a tight and well-executed issue. I love this take on Riddler and I hope we see more stories like this in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Lee Gough Jun 14, 2018

    I love the artwork by Minkyu Jung and the Riddlers design here is one of my favorites for him. He looks cool and hip but still the same narcissistic Riddler we all love to hate. It's a fast-paced issue, an incredibly fun read and a great addition to the preludes leading up to the wedding. The end panels also have a surprise waiting for you which I won't ruin. In keeping with the issue's theme " I'll leave it a Mystery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 14, 2018

    Batgirl vs. Riddler #1 is another good installment to the Prelude to the Wedding line of one-shots. Barbara and Nigma make for good opponents, and the pacing is incredibly tight despite the somewhat pointless flashback/flashforward thing. This one is recommended. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker Jun 13, 2018

    This is was good overall, it felt like the folks who filmed Whip It had a hand in the direction of the illustrations. Barbara was on point the entire issue handling her business in a concise yet elegant manner. I just wasn't digging Riddler's rhymes, in the past they strayed away from it and honestly they should go back, it kind of bogged down the issues overall readability for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jun 15, 2018

    There's not a lot of wedding-talk tie-ins in this book, but the theme of soul mates runs strong throughout, with some curious ramifications for a number of key characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Jun 15, 2018

    VerdictI'm loving these one-shots so much. They take a different look at multiple aspects of comics lore in every issue. The pairings of hero and villain have been really well thought out, refreshing and fun to read. The Joker is slowly circling his prey, but his former love is now hunting him too. Next week we'll see Red Hood battle Anarky, leading to the Harley Vs. Joker main event. I've got my tickets, and I'm gonna be front row! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jun 15, 2018

    Batgirl vs. The Riddler seemed to have some promise, but turned out to be an unremarkable adventure. The comic is competently created by Seeley and Jung, but it does not rise above mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 13, 2018

    The Batman Prelude to the Wedding issues hit the midway point, and thus far the one thing they have in common is that they're all very weird. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jun 13, 2018

    The Prelude to the Wedding issues overall have been passable because there have been a few times each issue that you can look back on and think, "that was a nice moment for the Bat Family".  However this issue is missing any of those moments, has little connectivity to the wedding really at all other than just being casually mentioned, and art is off compared to the book's tone. It's mostly passable as a whole but bigger Batgirl fans than myself may find more enjoyment in it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dani Jun 13, 2018

    This was a very clever issue that had really good pacing. I found myself trying to solve as much of the riddles as possible with Barbara. We didn't get an emotional ending like the previous two issues, but that makes sense considering the first two issues dealt with Batman's sons instead of a mentee. Barbara did however do some self-reflecting on some personal choices that might impact her future moving forward. The Batman/Catwoman union is indeed impacting both the heroes and villains alike in unexpected ways. This issue makes me wonder what is in-store for Barbara moving forward.

  • 6.5
    Nihilist Jun 13, 2018

    While I wasn't too excited about Robin and Ra's al Ghul's issue, it had one redeeming quality - its ending, the moment of genuine bonding between Damian and Selina. This issue doesn't have anything similar - yes, Batgirl and Nightwing possibly go for a date, but it doesn't really connect directly to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman, which is the driving force behind the entire Prelude event.

    It's just a simple story of Barbara solving riddles, and we don't even have a chance to witness her figuring out the solutions. Compare that to, for example Hush, or Batman: Earth One Vol. 2, where every detail, every clue connects and leads to the great finale. I'm fully aware it's unfair to put a single short issue to a properly planned s more

  • 4.0
    myconius Jun 13, 2018

    for the life of me i just cannot fathom why in the world Batman would make public that he is getting married.
    it defies any and all logic, or reason to have a secret identity to protect loved ones.

    all it’s doing now is painting a giant bullseye on Catwoman.
    but in this mini Batman’s other allies are being targeted. it’s just a very odd choice and it keeps taking me out of the story.

    trying to fuse in ‘Zero Year’ Riddle and ‘War of Jokes and Riddles’ Riddler just doesn’t jive well either.
    i’d really like to forget both those stories, if that’s at all possible?

    Riddler kidnaps a bunch of people, leaves clues for Batgirl.
    she saves them one after another.
    sound ex more

  • 7.5
    bucswin611 Jun 14, 2018

    Don't let the negative reviews sway you from taking in what is absolutely fantastic art. Seeley delivers a clunky, convoluted goose chase that is forgivable in a one-shot BUT Jung's Batgirl is in top form. Even Otto Schmidt's epilogue is a sight to behold. I am all on-board for Jung in an ongoing.

  • 7.0
    Rick Jonez Jun 14, 2018

    Not very entertaining riddles or tie-in motivation.

  • 5.0
    KFuqua Jun 14, 2018

    These Prelude to the Wedding books have been mediocre at best. This one is no exception.

  • 9.0
    ComickerPerson Jun 13, 2018

  • 8.5
    Daizo_Amora Jun 14, 2018

  • 8.5
    letskillrobots Jul 6, 2018

  • 8.0
    Troy Jun 13, 2018

  • 8.0
    matmene Jun 14, 2018

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Jun 16, 2018

  • 8.0
    Omer Jul 6, 2018

  • 7.5
    egon244 Jun 16, 2018

  • 7.0
    blackmanta221 Jun 15, 2018

  • 6.0
    DarePool53 Jun 15, 2018

  • 5.0
    Herushalaim Jun 16, 2018

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