The Riddler: Year One #2

Writer: Paul Dano Artist: Stevan Subic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 28, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 16
8.6Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

Writer Paul Dano continues the origin tale of the character he portrayed in Matt Reeves's The Batman. As brilliant forensic accountant Edward Nashton follows the trail of illegal payments and front companies, holding on to his own sanity becomes ever more challenging. Disturbing childhood memories that include an obsession with Thomas Wayne threaten to derail him. Meanwhile, his investigation focuses on a low-level human cog in the crime machine, which leads him to a shocking conclusion that may put his own life at risk.

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steven Lee Sharpe Dec 27, 2022

    If you had any suspicions that this series would be a character study rather than a plot-heavy, revelation-filled yarn, then The Riddler: Year One #2 will confirm it. In some ways it doesn't add too much to the plot in the first issue; Edward Nashton is like one of the rats that keep popping up in the background of the comic, scurrying around, seeing all, but ultimately ineffective. The thing is, that's the point; to watch him sink further in his desperation and powerlessness until something gives. The fact that Nashton's road to hell is paved with good intentions brings the story pathos that evokes Batman: The Killing Joke. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Dec 28, 2022

    There are some scenes in this that will absolutely take your breath away and Riddler: Year One is a story that works entirely on its own, perhaps giving us one of the best stories revolving around the Gotham villain in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 27, 2022

    The Riddler: Year One #2 confirms that Subic is a force in the comics community now and in all his future endeavors. The story is intriguing as it puts you behind the glasses, so to speak, and gets inside Edward's head. His disturbing view of reality is ever present, and it's a haunting place to live, but in this series, we get to exist in a way only comics could deliver. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jan 2, 2023

    Several of my gripes with issue #1 remain in issue #2 ofThe Riddler: Year One – though I didn't exactly think Paul Dano would change the script thanks to the ramblings of an obscure internet reviewer. And while those critiques remain, the story's positive qualities shine through just as brightly! Like a good riddle, this book encourages you to think… but not about its plot. In this book, Riddler's puzzle isn't a ridiculous maze or an elaborate pun – the puzzle is his own mind, and it requires an exercise in empathy to solve it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Dec 27, 2022

    The Riddler: Year One #2 is a must-read for fans of The Batman. Paul Dano, Stevan Subic, and Clayton Cowles give readers a compelling look at the Riddler before he decided to take all of Gotham City down. I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 27, 2022

    It's a compelling look at how someone can start out with a good motivation, but become so obsessed that it turns into something far worse. Read Full Review

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