Batman: Prelude to the Wedding “Batgirl vs. The Riddler” #1
Written by: Tim Seeley
Pencils by: Minkyu Jung
Ink by: Jose Marzan Jr
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Epilogue Art by: Otto Schmidt
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Cover by: Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCraig
In this arc, we’ve seen both Dick Grayson and Damien Wayne individually challenged by two of Bruce’s most formidable enemies: Ra’s Al Ghul and Hush. In the two previous issue of Prelude To The Wedding, each member of the Bat Family has been confronted not only with conflict with their foes, but conflict with themselves as these villains reveal to both the characters and readers some heavy internal conflicts they face. Each has prevailed as of yet and now it’s Barbara’s turn to face off against the Riddler.
We start off seeing Batgirl taking a rest while out on patrol, talking on the phone with a friend. Suddenly, there’s a shrill scream in the area and before the phone call can end, Barbara answers the call of duty to find a woman searching frantically for her wife. After a little bit of detective work, Barbara finds a clue in the form of a green cassette player, no surprise when we find out it’s our old friend Edward Nygma. Something is a little different about this encounter though, because Riddler seems to be confiding in Barbara while giving her clues to find his captive victims in separate locations around Gotham. Now an emotional hostage racing to save Nygma’s hostages, Barbara fights to escape Riddler’s fire mixtape and provide escape for his other victims.
This series becomes more and more thought provoking as it progresses, forcing not only the characters, but the readers to ask who these people we read about really are as people. This issue, in particular, really felt like Batgirl was throwing on some headphones and just zoning in on her task at hand, while listening to this new Nygma track made her contemplate her own situation.