The Riddler Proves He's Batman's Most Dangerous Villain Of All

We all know The Riddler. Question marks, clues to be solved, giant typewriters, mid-life crises and occasional naked conspiracy theories. And he even got the role in the big Batman movie, with Paul Dano trying to scrub out what Jim Carrey had left behind him. There has been the idea that the Riddler would be a lot more. And today's Batman: One Bad Day: The Riddler by Tom King and Mitch Gerads – just as The Killing Joke did with The Joker – this comic attempts to underline the ultimate seriousness of the threat to Batman posed by The Riddler, beyond any other.

The Riddler Proves He's Batman's Most Dangerous Villain Of All

As the preview showed, it started with The Riddler revealing he was behind The Joker's Killing Joke moment of crippling Babara Gordon. But there is more, much more. Beginning with his earliest years, as a student murderer.

The Riddler Proves He's Batman's Most Dangerous Villain Of All

But then reveals to Batman that he knows everything. Everything. Everything.

The Riddler Proves He's Batman's Most Dangerous Villain Of All

Revealing that he not only knows all about Batman and Bruce Wayne, but has access to it all as well.

The Riddler Proves He's Batman's Most Dangerous Villain Of All

But it would just be so boring for the Riddler to defeat him that way. But also, where's the proof?

The Riddler Proves He's Batman's Most Dangerous Villain Of All

That is, of course, how the Batman solves every problem. But how much of a solution would this be?

The Riddler Proves He's Batman's Most Dangerous Villain Of All

And from this moment, the Riddler becomes the Batman's greatest threat of all time. As he has proved, if he can evade all of Batman's security features, there is literally nothing he can do to stop the Riddler from killing a Robin, starting with Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain, short of killing him. This isn't about the Riddler's One Bad Day that turned him. This is Batman's One Bad Day that he will always have to live with, hanging over his shoulder, the Riddler will always be there… and in one stroke has pushed himself to the very top of Batman's Rogue Gallery. Will the subsequent One Bad Day one-shots be able to follow suit?

BATMAN ONE BAD DAY THE RIDDLER #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR A MITCH GERADS
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
The Dark Knight's greatest villains get their greatest stories yet! The Riddler, Two-Face, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bane, Clayface, and Ra's al Ghul—Batman's most iconic villains are all given 64-page Prestige format specials that show why they are the greatest villains in all of comics, spearheaded by today's top talent. We begin with Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler! Tom King and Mitch Gerads, the Eisner Award–winning duo behind Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon, and Strange Adventures, reunite to dive deep into the mind of Batman's most intellectual foe…the Riddler. The Riddler has killed a man in broad daylight for seemingly no reason, but…there's always a reason. The Riddler is always playing a game, there are always rules. Batman will reach his wits' end trying to figure out the Riddler's true motivation in this epic psychological thriller; this is not to be missed!
Retail: $7.99 In-Store Date: 08/16/2022

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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