Remember the golden days of our youth when this story began? I think Clinton was in office.
Previously in Batman the Unanimated Series, The Riddler curb stomped Gotham City. Batman wasn't very happy about it. Also the people who died weren't very happy about it. This issue, Batman begins saving the city because it's The Final Act. Also because it's about fucking time, you Bat-Loser.
Remember how this whole thing began a long time ago with Bruce Wayne on a dirt bike and some kid helping him out somehow? I forget how! But I think the story is finally getting back to that point. After a brief foray into the past where Batman's date begins menstruating from her forehead.
Batman wakes up under the care of the kid he saved about 150 issues ago. It was the kid that informed Bat-Bruce that The Riddler thought he was dead. But now Bruce has awakened to a new Gotham! One where The Riddler controls the power and everything is overrun by vines and vegetation and kudzu due to the flood and maybe other Pamelaesque reasons.
Batman is probably thinking, "I must save the city." Bruce Wayne is thinking, "Wayne Landscaping and Organic Waste Disposal!"
If you really want to train your brain to beat The Riddler, you should be doing Cryptic Crosswords, kid.
But on this day (as opposed to all the other days that weren't documented in a comic book), a challenger stands up before The Riddler! Everybody knows he's going to fail but we can't understand the risk Batman or Batman's little friend are willing to take unless we see the consequences of asking a question which The Riddler can answer. So, Bob Chee, Challenger. It's time to fail!
Come on, The Riddler! You can't answer riddles that never finish getting asked? How long before people watching start thinking the game is rigged? Unless they get to hear the whole thing, they can assume you just spat out some bullshit answer and then killed the challenger! You arrogant buffoon!
Batman #30 Rating: No change. I find I don't often have a lot to say about this book. It's Batman! It's Gotham! There are riddles! Next!
Riddle me this, Batman: How many errors can you find in this copy for DC Comics All Access blurb for April 16th, 2014?!