Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Batgirl vs. Riddler #1 by Tim Seeley - Book Review

From the publisher: On the eve of Batman’s wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City’s finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder?

Another wedding prelude, another winner from Tim Seeley. This time, its Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Batgirl vs. Riddler, and its a fun story. Riddler has kidnapped four people, hidden them around Burnside, and challenged Batgirl to find them before they die. But what do they have in common? There is a wedding theme running through his riddles, including Riddler rethinking his life through the lens of Batman's upcoming marriage to Catwoman. Oh, and there is another epilogue, but it's not the Joker this time.

This was an entertaining story, and another chance to look at what some of the side characters think about the upcoming wedding. The Riddler can be a fun villain and Seeley does an excellent job writing him that way. Riddler challenges Batgirl and her perfect memory, all the while monologuing about his new outlook on life. Batgirl, for her part, is also thinking about her romantic future, wondering if there is still anything between Nightwing and herself. While not a deep story, there were some fun parts. I also enjoyed the battle of intelligence between Riddler and Batgirl. I can't remember those two going up against each other before, but it seems like a natural pairing. I would definitely look forward to round two, if it were to happen.

Overall, I recommend Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Batgirl vs. Riddler #1 by Tim Seeley. It's a good, self-contained story that adds to the wedding preparations without being required reading.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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