The Killing Joke is a comic that ended up steering the trajectory of the character of the Joker almost permanently after it came out. For better or worse, the story of the day the Joker finally went too far has stuck with audiences. In the comic the Joker says this line:
All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.The Joker, The Killing Joke (1988)
But what if other members of Batman’s rogues had their one bad day? With DC’s series of Batman: One Bad Day, we are now getting to see what those are from some of the biggest names in the industry.
The series kicked off with Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Clayton Cowles telling the story of The Riddler’s one bad day. Tom King and Mitch Gerads are a Eisner Award winning duo who’s previous joint work on titles like Mister Miracle, Strange Adventures, and more has cemented them as giants in the industry.
Tom King and Mitch Gerads portrayal of The Riddler is a dark and calculated turn by the silly man in the green get up that pushes the character to the limit with a beautifully crafted story and artwork to match. It’s a story that dives deeper into the character himself but defines his origins with more gravitas and weight than he was previously given. This story has the makings to be the definitive Riddler story for years to come.
On this episode, Tom King and Mitch Gerads come on to dive deeper into the story, the art, and the themes of the book. This episode is filled to the brim with SPOILERS so please read the issue before listening to this in depth discussion. It’s a great conversation discussing the duo and the story they got to kick off the One Bad Day series with.
The comic is available anywhere you get your comics. If you do not have a local comic shop, be sure to check out Third Eye who will hook you up. Tom and Dan both discuss them in the episode.