Pennyworth #1

DC Comics

Written by Scott Bryan Wilson

Art by Juan Gedeon

Colors by John Rauch

Letters by AW’s DC Hopkins

The Rundown: Alfred Pennyworth reminisces on the past while trapped in an unusual situation.

The story opens with a series of flashbacks from Alfred’s past. There are details from both his childhood and his years as an agent for MI5. Alfred narrates each segment of these memories and explains their importance. These recollections include an expansive section detailing a mission in Russia with an interesting companion and surprising foe. In the present, Alfred finds himself in a compromising situation. He then places his hope in a former associate that is currently facing an unknown enemy.

The Story: Wilson creates a compelling narrative solely focused on the life of a beloved supporting character. It’s nice to see a story surrounding Alfred in his prime. Especially when the audience gets a taste of his particular skill set. I also appreciate the use of non-linear story telling. However, you must pay careful attention to know where you are in the time line as there are rapid shifts in memory. I really enjoyed this first entry of this series, and I’m excited to see where this plot line goes.

The Art: Gedeon uses traditional drawings that are highlighted by the muted color work of Rauch. The issue feels very retro and reminds me of comics from newsprint. This classic art style is perfect for the time periods represented. I feel the illustrations perfectly capture Alfred’s mood changes with each recall. And I was completely engaged with each turn of the page.

Pennyworth #1

9.2

9.2/10

Pros

  • Compelling, focused narrative

Cons

  • Rapid shifts in story timeline

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