The Riddler: Year One #4

Writer: Paul Dano Artist: Stevan Subic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 26, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 18
8.6Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

After a shocking discovery that unleashes a primal scream, we are sent back into Edward Nashton's past. Like drifting through a nightmare, we experience Edward's traumatic upbringing, beginning with with an abandoned baby howling on the steps of the Gotham Orphanage. Through the filter of Edward's memories, we experience his brutal past, but also learn about a once-possible hope--a hope that was dashed and that led to his lifelong obsession with and hatred of Thomas Wayne. Actor Paul Dano (The Batman) and artist Stevan Subic continue the origin of the Riddler, leading up to his appearance in Matt Reeves's epic film.

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Apr 26, 2023

    While the story of the future Riddler might have some "serial killer tropes" in its pages, Dano and Subic are able to weave an excellent, and downright creepy, story of how one of Gotham's biggest villains was born. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steven Lee Sharpe Apr 25, 2023

    In a funny way, The Riddler: Year One #4 is the prequel to the prequel. I say funny, but there certainly isn't any humor to be found here. Dano has created a character that's the very opposite in tone from The Joker, and this may be the darkest issue so far of an already bleak series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 25, 2023

    The Riddler: Year One #4 continues to show the disturbing mind of Edward Nashton and how, in more ways than one, his eventual turn as a villain is due to a life he was forced into. The Riddler: Year One adds fascinating layers to Batman's greatest villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 25, 2023

    This is overall a good comic, with the art being a real highlight, but I'm not sure it's telling us anything we didn't learn from the main character's rambles in the movie. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Apr 26, 2023

    This is a much more critical and specific review than my last three, mainly because I don't want to be stuck saying the same things again and again.Riddler: Year One is a good book – maybe even a great one, by the end! But I think it's spending a lot of time trying to endear us to its protagonist, a job that was honestly accomplished some time ago. Show us where this horrible life takes him – a lot of Riddler's appeal lies in his extremities! He was an excellent villain in The Batman, and come the end of this book, I hope we get to see what that looks like from Paul Dano's point of view. Read Full Review

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