Was I the only one who hated this story? It’s the story of the Joker not telling jokes and the Riddler not telling riddles, because if they did that they wouldn’t be edgy. The Riddler gets an edgelord chest-scar, and they go to war for some reason. And somehow, they each manage to rally half of Batman’s rogues gallery to their sides even though neither of them is exactly popular (the Joker being an unreliable psychopath and the Riddler being a somewhat foppish gimmick villain who most of the others look down on). Then there’s the Deathstroke vs. Deadshot fight, which is gratuitous and bizarre, because Deadshot’s greatest ability is aim, while Deathstroke is an immortal super-soldier with a healing factor. I refer you to the last issue of Villains United for a more sensible fight between the two (namely, they fill each other with holes immediately, Deadshot barely survives, and Deathstroke pretty much gets up and walks away). Then Batman tries to kill the Riddler even though plenty of villains have done much worse than he did in this story without making Batman break his code. It’s to set up the “Joker stopped Batman from killing and he thinks that’s funny” moment, but that moment isn’t earned.
Sure, there are a couple good points. The dinner scene is actually clever. The angsty backstory for Kite Man’s catchphrase was unnecessary, but somewhat compelling. But the story is hot garbage. I already hated I am Suicide and I am Bane (long story short, they’re both full of plot holes and general pointlessness), but the Riddler is my favorite villain, so I decided to give King one more story to win me over before I gave up on his run. Needless to say, he didn’t.