Batman #23.2



Comic series


Release date

September 11, 2013
8.5 out of 10
Batman #23.2: Riddler is one of the stronger entries that has come out of Villain’s Month so far, and a must read for anyone following Snyder & Capullo’s Batman.
Haun deserves a special shout out for Nigma's new yet respectful of yore visage, and for making what's basically a guy going to the top of a building as exciting as DIE HARD's decent down one.
9 out of 10
The cool thing about Riddler’s story is that everything is laid out on the first page. Study it. Take note of the brief 3-panel flashback to 4 years ago when Edward Nygma is punished for contraband by an Arkham guard. Read each riddle carefully and try and solve it yourself before turning the page– that’s half the fun, really. And, when you think you’re ready, press on and see what Riddler’s plan is for this one-shot. It’s nothing if not a wildly fun heist comic.
3.5 out of 5 stars
The Riddler’s one-shot was probably the issue I was most looking forward to this week, and on the story side, it delivered excellently. The artwork lets down what is a revealing look at Edward Nigma’s psyche, and whilst it doesn’t tie-in the way that it was advertised, that doesn’t stop this issue being a part of the Scott Snyder Bat-epic. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t snag Greg Capullo along the way.
3 out of 5 stars
On paper, this should have been the best book of the week. After all, Scott Snyder's Batman has been one of the few positive things to come out of the New 52 (even if it existed before). And it's a nice story that plays up the Riddler's obsession with games just a bit too much. But there's nothing really new or groundbreaking here, nothing that would suggest a special issue was necessary for it to be told. Which, I should add, is part of the problem with this gimmick: the set up is that these issues are going to be important, yet many of them feel like stories that could have been told in the regular series.
This is one of the better Villains Month entries I've read, being a well-crafted, entertaining, enlightening, self-contained tale that reflects the host title while nodding to the Forever Evil event. It's definitely worth checking out.
5 out of 5
This is definitely the high bar for the villains month so far. Which, given Snyder’s previous work with Batman, is not at all surprising.
4 out of 5 stars
The Riddler is a worthy foe for Batman, and that’s exactly what Snyder/Fawkes show in his solo issue. Not only is this story entertaining, but Haun’s art makes it gorgeous. This is easily one of the best Villains Month issues and even if this is a gimmick from DC, The Riddler makes it worth it.
Grade: B-
Not bad. This is a comic that will appeal a little bit to people reading Zero Year and it does feature a different spin on The Riddler. Villains’ Month is still kinda silly though.
8 out of 10
If you enjoyed Edward Nygma's previous appearances in the "Zero Year" story arcs, this issue will certainly provide keen snippet into the predatory nature of a villain whom many readers overlook in light of his more prominent intellect.
8 out of 10
Overall “Riddler” is a very good comic book, and accomplishes the impressive feat of tying into the universe wide event while furthering the story being told in the main “Batman” title.
9.4 out of 10 (Amazing)
While several of the Villains Month titles use the one-off issues as a space to expand on their series' ongoing stories, Batman #23.2 does double duty as a standalone and a part of a larger plot. The issue situates itself nicely in relation to Snyder and Greg Capullo's Zero Year while also providing a satisfying single issue experience on its own.
4 out of 5 stars
"Batman" #23.2 is a skillfully-built tale that is exemplary of what a standalone comic book story can and should be, all the while playing its part in a larger storyline. Halfway into Villains Month, this so far is one of the best tie-ins to come out of it.
5 out of 5 stars
This is one of Villains Month books you should pick up, and if you still need a little more persuasion, then check out how spiffy the 3D version of the cover looks.
8 out of 10
While it might all be setup, Batman #23.2 is still a solid entry in the Villains Month event.
9 out of 10
While it may not be the Zero Year tie-in we thought it would be, it’s still a very enjoyable one-shot Riddler story. Fans of the character will definitely want to check this one out, even if they haven’t been reading Batman up to now.