Batman #23.3

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Frank Tieri Artist: Christian Duce Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 9
6.7Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Follow The Penguin's latest quest for power as he prepares to undermine one of Gotham City's most powerful politicians. What does the criminal mastermind stand to gain?

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 19, 2013

    This final act, paired next to the narration from Oswald himself, is nothing short of a stroke of genius. The Penguin, to me, has always been a favorite character. And even though his appearance is ridiculous and most of his past tales have been filler issues, Ive always thought he could be more. Should be more. And now he is. Marvel and DC both have their fair share of great heroes, but DC has always blown Marvel out of the water with their villains. Ive always found myself drawn to a few Marvel bad guys over the years, though. But now, thankfully, I can cross the Kingpin off that list. Frank Tieri just made the Penguin the new Kingpin. And I cant wait to see what he does next. So go show your support. And pay the extra dollar for the awesome cover. Its worth it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Sep 20, 2013

    It's another one of the best I've read so far in September, and it makes me anxious for the next appearance of Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 19, 2013

    Regardless, this was still a greatly enjoyable issue and I wouldn't mind seeing more of Tieri and Duce's Penguin in any future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 19, 2013

    For those of you boys and girls out there, that don't think The Penguin is a proper villain, than this issue is for you.  No kidding by the end of this issue if you don't have chills then your probably dead, or Mr. Freeze, either way it leaves you feeling frightened by the Penguin, and what he might do in the future to secure his empire since the Emperor Penguin story line in Detective.  The artwork wasn't spectacular, but I feel it really worked for this story, and this character.  Also guess what.  No origin story, woo!  But if your looking for a Gotham that should be ravaged by power outages, and street crime, and a wide open insane asylum, well sadly you won't find it here.  I don't really know what that means as for timeline, but I won't let it hold me back from enjoying this issue, and neither should you.  Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 20, 2013

    A great Villain Month issue that doesn't have anything to do with Forever Evil, but a deeper look at the character. This is the type of story I really want for Villain Month, and a great lesson for all of us: Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Oct 4, 2013

    Dont ever mistake Penguin for a bird that has been plucked, because he will prove all of the doubters wrong with a violent fervor. Ill never make that mistake again. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 18, 2013

    The artwork in this issue is nothing remarkable, with fairly bland page layouts and characters (apart from Penguin himself) that tend to look very similar and interchangeable. The storytelling is competent enough, but this bird might have soared a little higher if the visuals were able to exploit the full depravity of Penguin's world. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 18, 2013

    Of all the Batman villain books I've read this month, Penguin #1 feels the least like it takes place in a Gotham on the verge of a great Arkham War. It doesn't really feel affected by Forever Evil at all and it could have easily taken place outside of this event entirely. Penguin #1 stands not as an origin story (we saw enough of that in Pain & Prejudice) or a Forever Evil tie-in, but as just a pretty good Penguin one-shot. And that's okay. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Sep 20, 2013

    Batman #23.2 overall is a disappointing book only because it doesn't go over any boundaries or take it to another level with a storyline that begs for attention. In it, we see a day in the life of a villain who, under the microscope, isn't really much more than a mob boss with better branding. The Penguin deserves something more " a story that shows how far his claws go into the city. He's named after one of the most beloved birds on the planet " an unassuming animal that's non-threatening. That sort of contrast, black and white, should be played up even more. The short and ugly Oswald Cobblepot, gentlemanly to those who don't know him. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Sep 20, 2013

    While nothing was especially awesome about this one, it was still interesting. Unfortunately like a lot of these issues, it's just not enough to make me want to know more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 18, 2013

    While many of these villain's titles are simply de facto "Zero" issues by any other name, at least this one manages to neatly set up an existing headline villain for future appearances within the leading title. With Zero Year still raging for quite some time, it isn't too big a swing to guess that Mr. Cobblepot will feature in Bruce Wayne's formative years in the not-too-distant future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 22, 2013

    This was a better issue than I originally thought it would be, as although nothing special it was very gritty, and dramatic. It also had plenty of suspense, and showed Penguin's characteristics perfectly, reminding us to, "never underestimate the Penguin." Due to all this I'd certainly recommend it, especially if you're a Penguin fan, but at the same time don't expect it to blow your mind. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 18, 2013

    If you like the direction Penguin has been set in since the start of the New 52, you'll most likely enjoy this issue, but if you're looking for something new to the character, you won't find anything. The issue was told well from both a writing and art perspective, but given the saturation of Penguin recently, it doesn't quite stand out from the crowd.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 21, 2013

    This was a fine issue. It's a neat little reminder that the Penguin can be badass. It doesn't really tell us anything new about the character, nor does it flesh him out as someone with layers. He's the Penguin, he kills people, he runs a business and he can be pretty cruel. I didn't mention that the Penguin and the governor used to be friends in grade school, but it doesn't really matter. The governor character has probably never existed before this issue, so who really cares about this back story? He only exists to show us how ruthlessly vile the Penguin can be. Now we know, so that's that. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 20, 2013

    Not one to write home about, or go out of your way to obtain. However, if you are missing your Penguin fix this will fill you up. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Sep 18, 2013

    With so many Villains Month issues (DC released 14 this week), its hard to tell which ones are worth your time. Many people will buy Penguin, since it is technically a Batman issue, but unless youre a completionist, you can skip it. There isnt anything here that you havent read before and this story doesnt even lead into anything. Move along, theres nothing to see here. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 20, 2013

    It's a shame "Batman" #23.3 crashes so badly, because the first half of the comic made me think, "This is working out quite well." In many ways, it's almost more disappointing than having the entire book at a lower level, because when the fall happens, it's from a greater height. Sorry, Penguin. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 19, 2013

    Save your money. Completely unnecessary. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...