The Riddler: Year One #1

Writer: Paul Dano Artist: Stevan Subic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 26, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 23
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

As depicted in Matt Reeves's hit movie The Batman, the Riddler wasn't simply an amusing eccentric with an affinity for wordplay and baffling clues, but as terrifying a villain as any in the annals of the Dark Knight. Here you can see Edward Nashton evolve into the menace known as the Riddler. How did an unknown forensic accountant uncover the dark secrets of Gotham's underworld and come so close to bringing down the entire city? This six-issue miniseries is an immediate prequel to The Batman-the detailed, disturbing, and at times shocking story of a man with nothing to lose.
Artist Stevan Subic makes his American comics debut, including a more

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 25, 2022

    As someone who went in unsure and maybe even skeptical, Riddler: Year One #1 blew me away. It's not only a well-crafted and drawn comic, but a piece of art as it explores Riddler's unique and unsettling psychology as a human being. This comic stands alone as compelling because of that, while also building upon what we know from The Batman film. Complex, compelling, and deeply absorbing, Riddler: Year One #1 is a must-read for cinephiles and comic book fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 26, 2022

    Dano and Subics Gotham is a fun place to visit. The captivatingly bleak life of Edward suggests an enjoyable and potentially engaging dive into the contrast between heroism and villainy. Precisely what it is that makes one person a hero and another person a villain has been explored in great depth on the comics page over the decades. It never ceases to be fascinating, though. Arguably, its one of the more consistently compelling themes in superhero comics. Dano is clearly taking a fresh approach to it which could turn out to be a brilliant comic book prequel to an exceptionally bad Hollywood movie. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Oct 25, 2022

    The Riddler: Year One #1 serves as a captivating prologue to The Batman, with the creative team taking a deep dive into the mind of Edward Nashton. If you loved The Batman and wanted more of Matt Reeves' vision of Gotham City, this is the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steven Lee Sharpe Oct 25, 2022

    DC have created a trailer for this issue, which features a conversation with Paul Dano and matt reeves. Watch out for it, later today on Dark Knight News! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Oct 25, 2022

    It's been a while since I reviewed a book that had this level of quality, time and care put into it and it's a very rewarding feeling. I love that this was a project born out of passion, and that enthusiasm seeps through onto the page whether or not it's translated perfectly into script form. But there's a big difference between my misgivings with this issue and my misgivings with other comics: here, I know what I have in my hands is good, and want to make sure it's the best it can be. Going into the next issue, I know one thing for certain: Paul Dano knows his character, and this character is quintissentially Riddler. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Evan Valentine Oct 26, 2022

    Whether you're a fan of the latest Dark Knight film or are simply a fan of all things Batman, The Riddler: Year One offers a fresh perspective on Gotham City and devilishly details how a mind becomes twisted by its surroundings. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 25, 2022

    Subic delivers some beautifully engaging art that captures the emotions of the character and visually pulls the reader into his world.  Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 25, 2022

    This is an intriguing story of a character's descent into self-destructive behavior and vigilantism, but there's one thing holding me backthis Edward Nashton feels like a troubled, but ultimately well-meaning guy disturbed by corruption and wanting to make a difference. I'm not sure how we get from there to the sadistic terrorist we saw in the movie. Dano might get us there, given that he knows the character inside out and out, but it'll take some doing. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Oct 25, 2022

    THE RIDDLER: YEAR ONE #1 returns readers to the world of #TheBatman in a stunning series that feels like a natural companion to the film. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Oct 26, 2022

    Being a fan of the blockbuster hit I was excited to find out more behind the mask and riddles, this issue has laid the foundations for a strong series ahead. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Oct 28, 2022

    Evil has its origins in mundanity with this interesting opening. Read Full Review

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