The Strangest Riddler Story
Anyone who can see my profile picture knows I am a fan of the Riddler. I love his crimes, his technique, and his verycharacter. When I bought the individual issues that are contained in this volume set, I thought: "cool, a three parter staring batman and the Riddler! what more could you ask for?" Well, for starters the Riddler. needless to say this was not what I expected it to be like.
The Riddler is so out of character in these issues! its annoying. I have no idea what this Peter Milligan was thinking (with all respect to the hard working writer). It seems like he was trying to modernize the character, to make him like his other fellow Batman rogue gallery members who kill for seneless reasons, while keeping his intelligence.
Essentially(spoiler, by the way for anyone who wants to waste money), the riddler kidnaps two policemen (and kills one of them) and five babies whom he places in harms way (such as right in front of the batmobile). He even goes so far as to force batman into cutting a baby's throat so the baby could breath. This Riddler (if you can call him that) even kills two of his own henchmen just because they were going to ruin his plans.
At the very end, however, we do find out that he was being controlled by the demon Barbathos, which makes everything alright, correct? yeah, whatever you say.
I must however admit even through my beliefs in the ill use of the Riddler that these issues are of importance. Here we see flash backs to a ritual in 1793 commenced by a secret society in the hopes of summon the aforementioned demon by sacrificing a hypnotized woman. Among their ranks is Thomas Jefferson, though that is not what makes this interesting. The whole ritual was take from here and used by Grant Morrison for Dr. Hurt's origin story and journey to become immortal.
I have mixed feelings about this three parter, so I'm rating it a 2.5.