Tom King and Mitch Gerard’s New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

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Spoiler for Batman: A Bad Day: The Riddler by Tom King and Mitch Gerads published by DC Comics today. But first, let’s go back seventy-five years. In the Riddler’s origin story in 1948 in Detective comics #140 by bill finger and dick gusheshe was Edward Nigma, beat a school puzzle test by breaking into the school at night to practice the puzzle.

This has seen developments over the years, such as Chuck Dixon and Kieron Dwyerpicks up his story Detective Comics Annual #8 in 1995, reusing elements, remodeling others, a younger, less smarmy Nigma, and an older, less blond, busty Professor.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

But with more pathos for young Edward Nigma.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

Sorry, I mean Eddie Nigma. A greater amount of burglary in the school.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

But a similar answer

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

But the same sleight of hand from that original story.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

But there were other explanations, Alex RossJustice since 2005…

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

Edward Nigma, beaten by his father for not telling the truth…

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

…showing him a resultant desire to tell the truth at all times manifested in an obsession with puzzles, but also fair play when playing his games with Batman as he descended into madness and crime. But another version saw his cheating not as cheating, but simply as the accusation of a jealous father.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

Of Detective comics #198, by Tom Castillo and Shane McCarthyfrom 2004. And the accusation was enough to inspire Edward Nigma to become the Riddler.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

At this point, it may be useful to refer to Batman Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Leein 2003’s Batman #619, in which The Riddler reveals he knows Batman is Bruce Wayne.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

But Batman has nothing to fear from his knowledge, because if Riddler were to ever use him, it would become worthless. And tell Edward Nygma he knows who he is.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

All of that was removed in the New 52 of course. But that left Tom King give us this Riddler in his Batman run.

The riddle that made Eddie a killer - Batman: One Bad Day

We will also come back to this. But just the location of Jason Todd’s body is enough for Batman to punch Riddlerand for the Arkham guards to come running. Batman: A Bad Day: The Riddler we go back to his school days, to find something different. It’s Eddie Tierney. he has a remarkable memory. But he gets a school test…wrong.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

And his teacher is the one who tried to connect with Eddie on an individual level.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

But it’s harder when Eddie’s dad is the school’s principal and has high standards for his people, which don’t take puzzles into account.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

With his dad beating him for not getting a perfect score with a rather peculiar turn of phrase while doing it.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

And so the next time, he returns to his original origins and breaks in.

The riddle that made Eddie a killer - Batman: One Bad Day

However, unlike the original version, it doesn’t go as well. And as his teacher confronts him on the baseball field…

The riddle that made Eddie a killer - Batman: One Bad Day

…about his own cheating on the test.

The riddle that made Eddie a killer - Batman: One Bad Day

The revelation goes wrong.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

And years later, as Batman confronts Edward’s sickly father…the depths of Eddie’s intelligence are brought to light.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

And the baseball field, probably where he killed his teacher.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

It was the Riddler’s bad day. But he sits in his father’s own hatred, given his mother’s low status.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

A sex worker on the streets of Gotham. Who delivered Eddie to his father, who cannot reconcile the circumstances with his birth, his academic success but also his ultimate failure. Not that The Riddler is any better at it.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

He killed his mother. He killed a lot of people. But somehow his father survived.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

But he doesn’t play those games anymore. He knows who (again) Batman is.

Tom King & Mitch Gerard's New Riddler Origin in Batman: One Bad Day

While disputing Batman’s previous statement, he has no idea who the Riddler is. And the Riddler knows again who the families of the guards are.

Tom King gives us a Riddler like Donald Trump

What if Batman, Bruce Wayne, wants to hit him again?

The riddle that made Eddie a killer - Batman: One Bad Day

The Riddler will never let anyone hit him again. not his father, not Batman, not the rest of Gotham. He’s playing a different game now.

BATMAN ONE BAD DAY THE RIDDLER #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR A MITCH GERADS
(F) Tom King (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
The Dark Knight’s greatest villains have 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 all get 64-page Prestige-sized specials that show why they’re the greatest villains of all comics, led by today’s top talent. We start 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 enemy…the Riddler. The Riddler killed a man in broad daylight for seemingly no reason, but…there’s always a reason. The Riddler is still playing a game, there are still rules. Batman will come to his wits end trying to figure out the Riddler’s true motivation in this epic psychological thriller. This is not to be missed !
Retail price: $7.99 Date in store: 08/16/2022

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