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The Riddler: Year One #3 (of 6)

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Based on 7 critic ratings.

Edward reaches out to the daughter of a mob victim who might have insight into their operation.

Meanwhile, his boss at the accounting firm believes there’s a reason to be suspicious about Wayne Industries’ payments to Bruce Wayne.

And in his most daring move yet, Edward goes undercover at a company responsible for locking away highly sensitive documents.

What he finds may lead to his most shocking revelation yet!

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.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
38 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Batman on Film

    One of the keys to a good villain is that they think they’re the hero of the story. Characters rarely do things for no reason, and villains have a purpose behind their actions, however wrong or misguided they might be. In the third issue of Riddler: Year One, we see Edward’s heroic vision of himself made explicit. If it wasn’t clear enough in previous issues and in the movie, you’ll see in this story that he considers himself a worthy partner to The Batman. He thinks it’s their job to root out the corruption in Gotham. But even if you already knew that, there are some layers here that add nuance and tragedy to what we’ve seen already. In short, Paul Dano and Stevan Subic have taken a great villain and made him even better.

  • 100

    Paul Dano and Stevan Subic have really created something special here, not just following Edward Nashton’s descent into becoming Gotham’s premiere supervillain, but doing an effective/terrifying job of taking readers into his broken psyche. Dano is able to capture Edward’s dialogue to perfection here, along with Subic’s creepy visuals that only ramp up the more you see Nashton grow to hate, and become fearful of, Gotham City. An amazing character study that will hopefully go down as one of the best Riddler stories ever put to paper. I cannot recommend this one enough.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    The pieces to becoming The Riddler are coming together in The Riddler: Year One #3 – the focus on Edward’s gloves as he breaks into a building, and the question mark he draws in the dust are tantalizing, yet also heart-breaking. We want Edward Nashton to succeed in bringing down the villains in the story, but we know what it will mean for his personality.

    Subic’s art continues to convey the psychological breakdown so well that if the demons Edward is seeing were real, this comic would be classed a horror.

  • 85


    The Riddler: Year One continues to be a beautiful rendering of an unsettling mind. Madness and mania are ever present but not yet fully formed as Subic and Dano continues to show a man falling further into an abyss of disturbed thoughts and tainted interpretations of the real world.

  • 84

    Comic Watch

    The Riddler: Year One #3 gives us the closest look to the Riddler we saw in The Batman. This obviously isn’t a mistake. Each issue gets us closer and closer to what we see in the movie. What impressed me is how ceaselessly the process is. The Edward in issue one is not the same as the Edward in issue three. We are starting to see the character we are familiar with take form and plummet into madness at the same time. I’m continuously impressed with Paul Dano’s writing. I know this version of the character is his and Matt Reeves’ probably gave him a lot of room to develop the character. There is some great character development being shown through Edward’s investigation. The further he digs the deeper he falls into his paranoia. Dano does an excellent job but what keeps me coming back each month is the art. Stevan Subic has such a distinct style that pairs so well with Dano’s writing as well as the art direction of The Batman film. His attention to detail and ability to capture the dark and gritty atmosphere of the film is truly remarkable while still feeling unique. I found myself really noticing little things in this issue, mainly the use of shadows and reflections. I think I’ve said this in my previous reviews of this series, but DC Comics needs to hire Subic for a horror book ASAP. (…) There is a lot to like about The Riddler: Year One #3. The pacing and character development don’t feel rushed even though a lot has happened in the first three issues. Stevan Subic’s art is worth the price of admission alone. This is such a stellar looking book and a fantastic companion to the movie.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    The best way I can describe this movieverse-set thriller is “Claustrophobic.” Much like the movie it comes from, The Batman, this version of Gotham feels oppressive like few others. It’s dark, cruel, and ruled by the worst people around. But it’s just as claustrophobic to be trapped in the mind of our lead, Edward Nashton, as his eyes open to the corruption of the world around him and he becomes increasingly convinced that the only way to change the world is to become a monster. As he investigates the Wayne Foundation for his corrupt boss, he slips deeper into the world under Gotham. Much of the story is told through encrypted conversations on the internet, which means that it can take longer to read than your average comic. The best thing this comic has going for it is the intensely moody art and the writer being very acquainted with the character as he makes his final descent into madness.

  • 80


    On this final issue of– wait, there’s six issues? Why the hell did I think there was only three? Guess you guys will be seeing me for a little while longer!

    On this latest issue of The Riddler: Year One, we see more of the same… which, ultimately, is a good thing. Much like Riddler himself, reviewing a book as slow as this requires seeing the forest for the trees, criticizing what you can with the space that you have. But the big picture remains the same: the quality remains, and the forest this book is cultivating is a deep, dark and mysterious one indeed.

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