The second "Villains Month" issue for Batman (now numbered 23.2), features The Riddler. The story starts off in the past, four years ago, as we see Edward Nygma, the Riddler, playing solitaire on the floor at Arkham Asylum. Flash forward to the present day, and we see the Riddler doing some last minute things before he goes through the metal detector at Wayne Enterprises. He also comes up with four riddles, which will be solved later on in this issue. The Riddler always has something up his sleeve, and he moves on through the building, slowly taking out the guards one at a time, while revealing the answers to the four riddles he mentioned before.
Panel by panel, the readers get to see how intelligent the Riddler is, and his fighting techniques that gets him past security. Then the readers get to see why the Riddler is in that building in the first place, he's after a man named George Lesley. He gives George a riddle to solve, but he doesn't, so the Riddler does his bad deed and solves it for George. Once he gets past George, the Riddler heads to the rooftops. There, he ponders about what he really wants, and that's the Batman, but since the Justice League is now dead, the Riddler decides to play solitaire, and wait for Batman to return. He believes that Batman's not really dead, so the Riddler's just killing time. The story ends here, but will continue in Batman #25: Zero Year.
This is another great installment for the "Villains Month" titles releasing all through this month of September. The creative team did a wonderful job with this issue. I give this issue four out of five stars. This issue lets the readers know that the Riddler should not be taken lightly, and he will challenge anybody by means of a riddle or two. Batman 23.2 is written by Scott Snyder and Ray Fawkes, artwork by Jeremy Haun, and colored by John Rausch. The standard 2D edition retails for $2.99 and the cover price for the 3D lenticular edition is $3.99, but due to the shortage of these versions, comic retailers and sellers on sites like eBay are up selling them. Check local comic shops and listings for pricing on these lenticular covers. Standard editions are also available on digital formats, on the days these issues are released.