Riddler Kicks Off Batman’s One Bad Day Saga in DC’s New Releases

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A new Batman series spotlighting the Dark Knight’s villains begins with a Riddler-centric issue written by Tom King with artist Mitch Gerads.

Batman’s One Bad Day saga begins in this week’s DC Comics releases.

Batman: One Bad Day is set to be a series of one-shots, each spotlighting a different villain from the Dark Knight’s rogues’ gallery. The first to release on Tuesday is Batman: One Bad Day – The Riddler #1 written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads, the creative team behind titles like Mr. Miracle and Strange Adventures. The 64-page issue sees Riddler abandon his tight set of rules and start killing at random, with Batman left to figure out why. One Bad Day – The Riddler is one of several books hitting shelves and digital platforms though.

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It is also a week for finales of storylines that only lasted three issues, specifically the Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong miniseries and The Flash ongoing series’ “Search for Barry Allen” arc. Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with art by Vasco Georgiev, Voidsong #3 is the end to the miniseries that sees Aquaman (Arthur Curry) and Flash (Barry Allen) team up to stop an alien threat that has taken control of the Earth’s population. Meanwhile, writer Jeremy Adams and artist Amancay Nahuelpan’s The Flash #785 ends the ongoing’s three-issue tie-in arc to the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths event, where Flash Wally West and allies venture into the Speed Force to find Barry trapped on a dreamworld. Both concluding issues are available on Tuesday.


Other notable mentions are the continuation of Harley Quinn’s “Task Force XX” arc and another Dark Crisis tie-in series, Dark Crisis: Young Justice. The full list of releases can be found below, covers and solicitations included.

AQUAMAN & THE FLASH: VOIDSONG #3

  • Written by JACKSON LANZING and COLLIN KELLY
  • Art by VASCO GEORGIEV
  • Cover by MIKE PERKINS
  • Variant cover by VASCO GEORGIEV
  • $6.99 US | 56 pages | 3 of 3 | Prestige
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • THE WORLD-SHATTERING CONCLUSION! Their friendship is fractured. The Earth is crumbling under their feet. How can the Flash and Aquaman possibly face the overwhelming threat of the Voidsong’s full power? It’s a star-bound showdown for the ages—with the entire DC Universe in the balance—as super-gods and aliens collide!


BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #6

  • Written by MARK WAID
  • Art by TRAVIS MOORE
  • Cover by DAN MORA
  • Variant cover by TERRY DODSON
  • 1:25 variant cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
  • 1:50 variant cover by NICK BRADSHAW
  • Swimsuit variant cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • THE FLYING GRAYSON FLIES THROUGH TIME! The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel might have been victorious in their battle against the dreaded Devil Nezha (but were they, though? More on that to come, kids…) but there’s one thing they forgot in all the madness…Dick! Robin the Boy Wonder is lost in time like some kind of chrono-Home Alone…and to find him, Batman and Superman will need to get creative!


BATMAN – ONE BAD DAY: THE RIDDLER #1

  • Written by TOM KING
  • Art and cover by MITCH GERADS
  • Variant cover by JIM LEE
  • 1:25 variant cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
  • 1:50 variant cover by MIKEL JANÍN
  • 1:100 variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
  • $7.99 US | 64 Pages | Prestige
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • The Dark Knight’s greatest villains get their greatest stories yet! The Riddler, Two-Face, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bane, Clayface, and Ra’s al Ghul—Batman’s most iconic villains are all given 64-page Prestige format specials that show why they are the greatest villains in all of comics, spearheaded by today’s top talent.
  • We begin with Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler! Tom King and Mitch Gerads, the Eisner Award–winning duo behind Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon, and Strange Adventures, reunite to dive deep into the mind of Batman’s most intellectual foe…the Riddler. The Riddler has killed a man in broad daylight for seemingly no reason, but…there’s always a reason. The Riddler is always playing a game, there are always rules. Batman will reach his wits’ end trying to figure out the Riddler’s true motivation in this epic psychological thriller; this is not to be missed!


BATMAN: THE KNIGHT #8

  • Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
  • Art and cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
  • Variant cover by RICCARDO FEDERICI
  • $4.99 US | 40 pages | 8 of 10 | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • Bruce Wayne’s journey to become the Dark Knight has taken him around the globe several times, but his training is nearly complete. His trials, however, haven’t gone unnoticed: someone has been watching him…hunting him! The final test of the Batman begins!

BLACK ADAM #3

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
  • Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
  • Cover by IRVIN RODRIGUEZ
  • Variant covers by RAFA SANDOVAL and RAHZZAH
  • 1:25 variant cover by RAFA SARMENTO
  • Swimsuit variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • Black Adam is dead, and the Mesopotamian gods of Akkad are having a field day. Are the gods real or are they merely figments of human imagination? Accepting death but denied redemption, Black Adam becomes an ersatz Gilgamesh as he journeys through Akkadian Hell while Malik, his young descendant, goes to extreme and unethical measures to try and revive him, all the while wondering if he should save the life of one of the greatest evils the world has ever known.


CATWOMAN #46

  • Written by TINI HOWARD
  • Art and cover by SAMI BASRI
  • Cover by JEFF DÉKAL
  • Variant cover by SOZOMAIKA
  • 1:25 variant cover by TULA LOTAY
  • Swimsuit variant cover by JEFF DÉKAL
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • Lines are blurred as Eiko Hasigawa and Catwoman start playing too nice with one another and each lets their guard down—and in a ruthless city like Gotham, you can’t trust anyone but yourself to watch your back. And Catwoman should know better than to let an old flame get into her head again…that’s her job.
  • Written by MEGHAN FITZMARTIN
  • Art by LAURA BRAGA
  • Cover by MAX DUNBAR
  • Variant cover by JORGE CORONA
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 3 of 6 | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • Sins of the old! In response to their lack of gratitude, the world holding Superboy, Impulse, and Tim Drake captive has brought back the three villains who have caused them the most pain to keep them in their place: Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, and Lex Luthor. Old wounds will open. Wonder Girl and her search team will have to hurry up before there’s no Young Justice left to save!


DC VS. VAMPIRES: ALL-OUT WAR #2

  • Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ALEX PAKNADEL
  • Art by PASQUALE QUALANO
  • Cover by ALAN QUAH
  • Backup written by EMMA VIECELI
  • Backup art by HAINING
  • Variant cover by LEIRIX
  • 1:25 variant cover by JAMES STOKOE
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | 2 of 6 | Black and White | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • The survivors of a horrifying vampire attack, led by Deathstroke, take shelter with Talia al Ghul. With intel from a hero recently saved from vampirism, John Constantine prepares them for a (suicide) mission, while Midnighter goes through every scenario in his head and finds out the dark truth. Meanwhile the mysterious vampire Lord Cinder has become aware of their plans and prepares a surprise…

  • Written by JEREMY ADAMS
  • Art by AMANCAY NAHUELPAN
  • Cover by TAURIN CLARKE
  • Variant cover by GEORGE KAMBADAIS
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • A Dark Crisis tie-in: the search for Barry Allen! Just when the speedsters seem to have snapped Barry out of Pariah’s clutches, Wallace seems to be falling in… and the creator of Barry’s mind prisons isn’t about to let the team of speedsters just run off. And even if they could, where exactly would they run to…?
  • The Dark Crisis tie-in storyline races to its conclusion!

HARLEY QUINN #20

  • Written by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
  • Art by GEORGES DUARTE
  • Cover by JONBOY MEYERS
  • Variant cover by DERRICK CHEW
  • 1:25 variant cover by JAY ANACLETO
  • Homage variant cover by RYAN SOOK
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • I went to the moon to eat cheese and fight aliens…and I’m all outta cheese. Actually, there wasn’t any cheese. I think that’s a myth…but aliens, hooo boy, do we have aliens! Horace Reginald Giger would be proud! What? No…I’m positive that’s what “H.R.” stands for. Anyway, this alien-monster-thing might not get a chance to devour Task Force XX, because we’re probably gonna kill each other first. What’d you expect, sendin’ a buncha angry villains to space without any cheese? I warned ya! The Harley Quinn and Task Force XX space event you’ve always needed continues here. Cheese not included.

NIGHTWING #95

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO
  • Variant cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
  • 1:25 variant cover by DAVID TALASKI
  • Swimsuit variant cover by NICOLA SCOTT
  • $3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • Heartless has an extra-giant jar that has Blockbuster’s name on it, but as a man of refined taste, Heartless doesn’t just collect any type of heart…he waits for someone to experience a specific emotion in particular before taking it all away from them and adding it into his collection. Does Nightwing have what it takes to save the life of the very man who’s been trying to take everything away from Dick Grayson, including his life?


SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #117

  • Written by IVAN COHEN
  • Art by VALERIO CHIOLA
  • Cover by VALERIO CHIOLA
  • $2.99 US | 32 pages
  • ON SALE 8/16/22
  • A ravenous sasquatch is on the loose and keeps eating all the ingredients for an up-and coming TV chef’s new show! Can Mystery Inc. capture the monster in time to save the food and save the show?

All of these issues go on sale Aug. 16 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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