Even before we all got ordered to stay home, I was trying to break a Riddler story I’ve had in mind for months. While I didn’t get there on this pass (I really want to explore what the Riddler, a man who relies on facts, makes of a “post-truth” world – this is my Black Label pitch, DC! Call me!), I think the eight page story I wrote turned out well enough.
In hopes that someone who is skilled at illustrating also has some extra time on their hands, I’m posting my script below (and if you want a Google Docs link, I’ve got that, too). If you are bored and want a Riddler and Nightwing story to illustrate, here it is! And if you make the attempt, please let me know if my script could use any additions/edits. It’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these things.
Otherwise, feel free to just read and (hopefully) enjoy.
Like a lot of modern comics readers, I’ve mostly become a trade-waiter.
For those who don’t know what that term means, “trade-waiters” are readers who eschew collecting monthly comics as single issues, instead waiting for the book-like collections that show up at comics stores and mainstream retailers like Barnes & Noble.
On the whole, trade-waiting is much easier than buying single issues. It requires less logistical headaches and drives to the comic store. It eliminates the chance you’ll miss, say, issue 20 of a particular series, leaving you to fill in the gaps between issues 19 and 21. Trade collections are ad-free, and they’re easier to move from place to place than single issues (in my life, this consideration comes up a lot).
But there are still good reasons to buy single issues. Some publishers use only single issue sales to gauge how successfully titles are selling. So if you want the series to continue, you need to buy the single issues. There’s also something to be said for reading comic stories in their original, serialized form, in getting to enjoy the story as it was conceived. And in getting to talk about it with the other readers hanging around your local shop on Wednesday.
But the best reason to buy single issues is this: They’re the only place you can find the comic’s letters page.
Let’s get this out of the way up front.
Okay. Now we’re going to talk about what it takes to be Batman.