“For Better or For Worse”
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: Minkyu Jung, Jose Marzan Jr, Jordie Bellaire
These Prelude to the Wedding tie-in issues have been a lot of fun. They are doing a great job at telling their own little story while being loosely connected to the greater story being told in Batman. It feels like the story could be even closer to the main title based on the events of Batman #48 and the epilogues in these Prelude issues.
Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1 is unique in the tie-ins thus far in that it doesn’t feature either the bride or the groom anywhere in the issue. In fact, the story being told in part 3 of the Prelude series only deals with the wedding in the loosest of senses. The Riddler has kidnapped several people in Burnside and left cassette tapes with riddles for Batgirl to solve and find the victims. Where the story connects to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman is when The Riddler, through the tapes, tells Batgirl that he wonders if he could find “the yin to his yang”.
I can’t help but love these Prelude to the Wedding issues in this Batman run. Each one helps build up the story surrounding the wedding while holding it’s own as a one-shot adventure. At this point, I don’t think anything from this series has topped Batgirl vs. TheRiddler #1 when it comes to working as a standalone story. The exclusion of Batman and/or Catwoman from this issue left it of any strings attached to a greater story; allowing Batgirl AND The Riddler to shine.
Tim Seeley has been a great voice in these tie-in issues. With each issue, it feels like he is getting more comfortable with the characters he’s working with. Seeley easily finds his voice with both Batgirl and The Riddler in Batgirl vs. The Riddler, setting it aside as the best of the bunch so far. He does an excellent job at referencing the bigger story that this issue ties into, without hindering the actual story this issue is telling. I hope to get a Seeley run on either Batman or Batgirl one day—he’ll do great things.
Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1 is a MUST read within the Prelude to the Wedding tie-in series. I can’t yet speak of the remaining two issues, but this issue requires no other reading to understand what’s going. There’s even a quick introduction to The Riddler for those that may not be familiar with this incarnation of the character. Tie-in issues are often a bother because they may not add to the story and often require additional reading. Seeley avoids both pitfalls and delivers an excellent, independent story that also adds to both the main Wedding story, as well as the Prelude series.
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