SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read BATMAN #29 and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).
It’s often been said that Batman has a plan for everything and is thinking ten steps ahead of his opponent. But that’s not as true of the younger, less experienced Batman as told in BATMAN: Zero Year.
What we do see in this story is a Riddler that is thinking ten steps ahead, or at least two. Anticipating that neither Batman nor Lieutenant Gordon will be able to prevent the power (that he turned off!) from being turned back on, he’s ready to unleash the consequences of that action: bombs wired to the retaining walls that hold back the flood waters rising from the massive storm plaguing Gotham City.
And Batman only has five minutes to stop it. Will Zero Year’s Batman have a way to stop Gotham from going underwater?
Below, take a look at page 32 of this extra-sized issue as the Riddler flips the switch and activates protocol “Riddle 2” to blow the retaining walls around Gotham City. Then sound off in the comments section about the Riddler's actions and get ready for the final third of Zero Year—Savage City.
BATMAN #29, “Dark City”, written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo and Danny Miki, is available in stores now.