The Riddler: Year One #5

Writer: Paul Dano Artist: Stevan Subic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 28, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 13
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The penultimate issue of this hit miniseries features an unusual break in format, as we will see Edward Nashton constructing his master plan for taking down the corrupt officials and criminals of Gotham City in the pages of his journal. As his mind spirals deeper and deeper, so too does his writing become more unhinged. How can he continue to labor at his accounting job by day while also become more enraged by what he’s uncovered? As shown in The Batman movie, Edward fills thousands of pages with his rantings. Here we get a glimpse into something that was never meant to be seen and a mind equally brilliant and unhinged. By the end, a turnin more

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jun 30, 2023

    Dano is taking a chance with an issue like The Riddler #5. Its nice to see alternative narrative techniques used in something that has a strong connection to the mainstream. Theres a poetry to it thats a lot of fun to follow. It doesnt necessarily provide the kind of insight into the character that might make for a more meaningful journey. Theres something about the Riddlers obsession with trivia, details, and raw information that would seem to be a lot more interesting if it was explored with the kind of clinical depth that would reveal a bit more of Edwards condition. A more straight-ahead look at the writings and ramblings of Edward might not have the visual punch that Subic is bringing to the page, but MANY more details would be needed to truly dive into the psyche of a trivia-based maniac.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steven Lee Sharpe Jun 27, 2023

    As a collected graphic novel, it will benefit from following the emotive previous chapter set at the orphanage. Considering that this is Dano's first attempt at writing a comic series, the relationship he's struck up with Subic shows great maturity and a willingness to be brave. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Evan Valentine Jun 28, 2023

    This issue is amazingly disturbing but it's one that definitely could be tough for traditional comic readers to connect with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 27, 2023

    Most of this 30-page story doesn't really qualify as a comic at allit's mostly made up of Riddler's hand-written notes, combined with his crudely drawn sketches, with a few pages at the end as he plans his attack on Gotham taking the form of a regular comic. It's a fascinating experiment, but it's more interesting to think about than to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jun 29, 2023

    In general, I stand by the fact that this is a good comic! But it's starting to get lost within itself: just when the momentum should be picking up, a flashback and a diary entry are suddenly appearing as road blocks in the way of the story's climax. I'm hoping Dano and Subic bring it home, and I think they can but be wary of reading this issue-to-issue. Read Full Review

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