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The Riddler: Year One #2 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

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.

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41 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Batman on Film

    Like I said in my review for issue #1, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this project. Letting an actor turn his character’s backstory into their own comic is a bit of a risk. But DC knows what they’re doing. Issue 1 was a treat and a pleasant surprise, and I’m happy to say that level of quality continues in issue #2 and will hopefully continue throughout the rest of the book. I think it will.

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 90


    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.

  • 90

    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.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    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.

  • 84

    Comic Watch

    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.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    In other hands, this could have been a start of a heroic arc—but we know something far darker awaits Edward. 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.

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