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Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) Paperback – Illustrated, December 19, 2017
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“Stories of this nature require a writer to slip into the personage of a genius—or in this case, three geniuses. King is one of the few writers whose cerebral approach can do it justice.” —Paste Magazine
“Smart, exciting, satisfying, and gorgeously drawn.” —SYFY Wire
"Another classic Batman tale for King and Janin.” —IGN
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- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401273610
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401273613
- Product Dimensions : 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Item Weight : 12.4 ounces
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated Edition (December 19, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Many of the reviews tout this as amazing or incredibly overhyped. I personally very much liked it, but can recognize that it's not perfect. Much in the way King's Batman is less a precise thinker and tactician and seems to will his way into victory, the Riddler, one of his greatest foes characterized by his mind and a kind of behind-the-scenes weaselly nature, has somehow become a muscular blade master and leader of villains. A new take on Riddler is fine on its own, but like Batman, and even Rebirth's Joker to some extent, this Riddler just seems to magically overcome obstacles for the sake of the story.
That aside, there are some incredible visuals, scenes, and tragic moments in this arc, like the origins of Kite Man, who had been built up in this run as a repeated joke. For all of the repetitive dialogue, philosophizing and supposed examination about a joke versus a riddle, and the Joker versus the Riddler, and how Batman falls between the two, there is a very strong sense of "Who Cares?" The characters will talk and talk, and give supposed motivations or monologues about who they are, but a lot of it is just static. It's clear what this is--an over-the-top concept driven by a "wouldn't it be cool if"? And in this case, I found a lot of it, surprisingly, to be very cool (despite my resistance to these kinds of gimmicks).
But because of the conceit and the way it's written, I think your enjoyment will hinge on how much you're willing to go along with the idea. If the Riddler, Joker, and all of Batman's Rogues battling it out excites you in the abstract, this is for you. If that doesn't pique your interest, you'll probably find it annoying and paper thin--completely depends on the reader I think.
Art: 2-3 out of 5 - Most of the book is done in what appears to be cel-shaded CG not unlike that of the Batman video games by Telltale Studios. It wasn't really enjoyable to look at for me. The parts that weren't done in that style were a nice change of pace. In terms of character design, the majority of notable characters were solid. I did feel like the Riddler felt a touch too "beefy", and I missed his domino mask at times. All in all, the art didn't do much for me.
Story: 3 out of 5 - The overall story wasn't bad, however to me it didn't feel like it had much substance. Things were explained in a sort of off-handed way most of the time, which lead to it not leaving much impact. There were great moments, however, and the one that comes to mind the quickest is the origin of Kite Man. The story did a decent job at showing the darker side of the Riddler, and to a lesser extent his intellect, but since the Joker's not quite himself in the story, we lose out on a lot of his zany, evil chaos. They tried to build up this revelation coming from Batman near the end, but it fell flat and all I could do was shrug.
Overall: 3 out of 5 - While I was hoping to really delve into the Riddler and enjoy the chaos of the Joker, I left a bit disappointed. Scott Snyder had done the Riddler better in the new 52 (Dark City and his one shot Solitare) so I guess I was spoiled by his brilliant work. The story didn't wow me, or make me care, or make me want to read it again or feel epic. I'm not unhappy I read it, but the idea had so much more potential that I wish it could have lived up to.
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