Review – The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #2
Writer – Matthew Rosenberg
Colourist – Ulises Arreola & Joshua Hixson
Letterer – Ferran Delgado
Publisher – DC Comics
Release Date – 23rd June
The mystery of “WHO KILLED THE RIDDLER” heats up as Joker, now incarcerated and under interrogation by Commissioner Jim Gordon, retells his version of events, starting with the victim himself on the hunt for an all-powerful weapon. How did the other Gotham villains get involved, and why? What does this weapon do, and why does Riddler want it? Who had skin in the game, and who could stand to lose everything? It’s a whodunit spiralling out of control, retold by the world’s most unreliable narrator. See if you can spot the clues and solve the puzzle!
I said in last month’s review that I really enjoyed the storytelling of Matthew Rosenberg. And certainly that is still the case in the second book. His portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime and his recollection of the events leading up to the murder of the Riddler are ludicrous. And completely in keeping with the maniacal main character. You have to make sure to re-read the book a couple of times, as you don’t want to miss any of the clues. This also adds to the intrigue of this fantastic book.
The art team of Merino, Arreola and Delgado have been joined by Joshua Hixson, who brings a different dynamic to the book. There is a distinct contrast between the artwork from the interrogation panels and the storytelling aspect of the Riddler. And we can see the influence of Hixson in the latter. Whilst the characters may not be as detailed as those of Merino, it does not detract from the storyline in any way.
The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #2 continues to entertain. The second of a seven part series and the mystery and intrigue continue to enthrall. Rosenberg has set his stall out well and I’m loving the twists and turns of this book. I have to keep re-reading to try and pick up the clues to see where it’s leading. The addition of Hixson to the art team certainly brings a difference to the book. And not an unwelcome one. Another must pick-up for Joker fans.
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