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This week’s Batman issue has a big reference to Tim Burton’s Batman

But with a big twist, too

Mikel Janín/DC Comics

In case you’re out of the loop, in last month’s Batman #24, Batman popped the question to his long time will-they-won’t-they love interest, Catwoman. And since then the bi-weekly series, written by Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janín, has been indulging in a time-honored serial narrative tradition ...

Telling a whole ‘nother ding dang story before letting the audience know whether she said yes.

That story is The War of Jokes and Riddles, a yarn that holds some sort of secret that Bruce feels Selina should hear before she makes her decision. As you might have guessed, it concerns a city-wide war between the Joker and the Riddler, taking place in Batman’s early years of crime-fighting.

This week’s Batman #26 doesn’t have Selina accepting Bruce’s hand in marriage — but it does have a pretty great twist on one of the most iconic cinematic moments the Joker has ever had:

Jack Nicholson set the gold standard for movie versions of the Joker for decades in 1989’s Batman, and the movie’s plastic surgery scene makes it easy to understand why. Batman #26 has its own mirror scene ...

Mikel Janín/DC Comics

Except it’s not the Joker who’s been under the knife ...

Mikel Janín/DC Comics

It’s the Riddler.

We last saw the Riddler bleeding out after being shot in the gut by the Joker — the arch-criminal’s response to Riddler’s proposal that they work together to defeat Batman. Riddler managed to stumble out of the Joker’s hideout unseen, and here it seems that he’s managed to recover from his injuries, albeit with a nasty scar.

What does this new scar mean for the Riddler? And what’s the answer to his riddle? You’ll have to read Batman #26 to find out, because this is a spoiler-free post.

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