Batman: One Bad Day Penguin #1

DC Comics
Written by John Ridley

Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith

Colors by Arif Prianto

Letters by Rob Leigh

The Rundown: Knocked off his perch at the top of the underworld, Oswald Cobblepot returns to Gotham City.

Battered and beaten, Oswald Cobblepot looks over the city that he once ruled and decides that now is the time to take it back from his former employee, The Umbrella Man. As he makes his way into the city and sees the effects of Umbrella Man’s influence on the underworld, he discovers quickly that his old methods of getting back on top will not work.

A humbled Penguin decides to gather a band of misfits and outcasts who will work together to take back the city’s criminal underworld as Batman deals with a potential gang war caused by the destructive, violent nature of the Umbrella Man and his minions. 

The Story: A dark, engaging and entertaining story from John Ridley. The story is deeply personal and gives the reader an interesting perspective on the character as he is humbled by his own actions and deals with the consequences of how he conducted his business in the past. I like that Batman is shown as a looming presence while the action takes place in the dark corners of the city. A wonderfully rich and compelling story.

The Art: Camuncoli and Smith deliver some beautifully detailed and visually engaging art throughout the story. They brilliantly capture the characters and the city. 

Batman: One Bad Day Penguin #1

9.2

9.2/10

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