Pennyworth #4

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 faces difficulties on a spy mission in Russia.

The story opens with Alfred reminiscing on his time with Shirley, Years Ago. Throughout the story he revisits vital moments in his past, mainly focusing on his lover. In a more recent past, labeled Then, Alfred escapes a deadly situation courtesy of twin super soldiers. As he follows the pair, he is attacked by someone unexpected. Later, Alfred must find a way to survive in a harsh environment and make contact with civilization. Meanwhile, Now, Alfred confronts his captor.

The Story: Wilson once again delivers a compelling and emotionally engaging narrative surrounding Batman’s loyal friend and butler. Alfred’s history is filled with intrigue and heartbreak. And while it is difficult to watch a beloved character in despair, the added layers of depth serve to make him even more relatable.

I have to give Wilson special credit for his story telling ability. I found myself completely invested in Alfred’s well-being during his spy mission when I already know his outcome, in terms of safety. I also feel that the strategic time hops add to the intensity of the tale. I really enjoy this story and look forward to the next episode.

The Art: This good-looking issue features intense action sequences that are engaging and transportive. The attention to detail is eye catching and the tone of the story is perfectly captured in each scene.

Pennyworth #4



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