Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Writer: James Tynion IV, Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, others Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 12, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 24
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Alfred Pennyworth served the Wayne family for decades-even through the tragic loss of Bruce Wayne's parents. His death at the hands of Bane is the only event that could possibly compare to that fateful night in Crime Alley, and it leaves Bruce at a similar crossroads. If Alfred was the glue that held the Bat-Family together, how will Batman deal with that all falling apart? And if the Caped Crusader is to be truly alone, he might either hang that cape up once and for all...or double down and carry on with this vengeful quest forever. Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 celebrates the life of one of the most important people in the history of Gotham more

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Feb 12, 2020

    This issue hit me much harder than I expected it to, and I think it will for just about all Batman fans too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Feb 16, 2020

    The fact that this is Issue #1 begs that is there going to be an Issue #2 of Batman Pennyworth: RIP. This stand-alone project was well written, well illustrated, and simply well done. Again, in the words of Barbara Gordon"."So Beautiful"Thanks for this Alfred." Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Feb 12, 2020

    Overall, I absolutely loved this issue and loved that it really reached me on a personal level. The writing was beautiful and deep and the artwork really did an excellent job selling the emotions and made for just one of the best Batman stories released so far this year. Batman Pennyworth RIP #1 is available today so do yourself a favor and pick up a box of tissues and then head to your Local Comic Shoo and pick it up ASAP and prepare for an emotional ride! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 12, 2020

    Artwork that fits each story within each story, an excellent approach to the memorialization of a legend " Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 is a must-read for all fans of Batman and/or members of the Bat-family. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Cody White Feb 12, 2020

    I don't know what the future will bring but in the present, this issue is the sendoff that Alfred deserves and for now, that will have to be good enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Feb 12, 2020

    Overall, Batman: Pennyworth RIP #1 is a must-read for Batman fans and also is a great way to catch up on the most recent events without Batman and the Bat-Family's various comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 12, 2020

    It ends on a somewhat downer of a note in that regard, but given the importance of this death, it shouldnt feel like an easy back to the norm status quo. Hopefully over the course of the next few months Tynion and Tomasi will continue exploring the healing of the Bat Family and not just throw Batman into action and barely addressing it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 12, 2020

    Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. is a fitting tribute to one of my favorite comic-book characters of all time. My only issue with the book is that, in some ways, I wish it didn't exist. I don't want Alfred to be dead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Feb 13, 2020

    A must for any Batman fan and very highly recommended for comic book fans in general. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Feb 13, 2020

    How much is a Pennyworth? As can be shown from this one-shot, quite a lot indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 12, 2020

    Each artist brings something unique and special to the art in this issue. From the characters to the backgrounds, the art reflects both the character's personalities, but also how they perceive moments with Alfred. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Feb 12, 2020

    A great issue that helps to celebrate the legacy of Alfred Pennyworth, but there are some moments that just take the spotlight away from Alfred and into the dramatic. I enjoyed getting to see the Robins and Batgirl reflect, but it would've been nice to see how this hit Bruce. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 14, 2020

    Even though DC will(and they will) bring Alfred back, this comic still maintains a lot of emotional weight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Feb 12, 2020

    BATMAN: PENNYWORTH RIP may not be the definitive sendoff for Alfred that DC was hoping for. That said, it's entertaining and, at times, even touching. it's worth picking up if you're a Bat Family aficionado. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 12, 2020

    These great vignettes are undercut by a bitter main story that makes Bruce feel emotionally useless and the Bat-family feeling rather cruel to each other. It just emphasizes how broken the Bats are without Alfred " which may have been the point. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Feb 12, 2020

    Pennyworth RIP is a somber tale. It takes a good look at how grief and sorrow affects a whole family and asks the question: Where do we go from here? But it also celebrates Alfred and gives readers a number of new stories with him showing just how important he's always been to the members of the Batfamily. If you're anything like me, it'll leave you with a mixed bag of feelings and a little unsure of where you stand regarding it. For a story like this, featuring such a beloved character I honestly don't think that's a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Feb 14, 2020

    Overall, James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi's storytelling didn't deliver the emotional punch that should come along with the death of one of DC's most prominent characters. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 12, 2020

    While I think Alfred deserves a nice sendoff, this issue left me feeling sad and bitter...and mostly for the wrong reasons.  The timing and tone felt off, and the art didn't wow me either. The idea of the Bat-Family falling apart because of Alfred's death would be cool if we had a strong Bat-Family beforehand. I expected this to be an issue that I'd go back to in years to come, not one I could barely get through the first time.   Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Feb 11, 2020

    This issue does more to set up the status quo of Batman comics in 2020 than it does to celebrate the life of Alfred Pennyworth. Thats not the worst thing in the world, but it certainly doesnt deliver the touching one-shot we were expecting. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    MKW69 Feb 12, 2020

    It was too short. And it felt not complete, only Bat's Robins and Barbara are here. There should be others, like Alfred daughter Julia, Supes Cassandra, and others.

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  • 5.5
    Maud Benjamin Feb 12, 2020

    I expect this issue a touching one. But how the writers handle it is too... clumsy. How could it be possible that Alfred wanted to tell Bruce "your parents' death made you Batman so they would've die willingly for you to save people"? Seriously, Alfred's death and how families react deserves better writing.

  • 4.5
    Nihilist Feb 12, 2020

    While the premise for this comic is definitely good, aside from the fact Alfred's death was one of the most disappointing moments in already utterly disappointing run of Tom King's Batman, the execution seems... cynical, calculated. It didn't feel like celebration of Alfred's life and his relations to the rest of the Bat Family. Instead, I though I'm reading carefully crafted chain of scenes designed to make me feel something, and fill the holes that Tom King should have filled during his run, instead of throwing meaningless filler at us every two weeks. Without proper setup, neither Alfred's death nor farewell mean much.
    It's like watching one of those Ronnie James Dio holograms - they're fake. They're there not to honor his legacy, b more

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  • 7.5
    TheHyruleElf Feb 12, 2020

    There was one great point. If Dick was still Dick, he would've helped everyone. That's for damn sure.

  • 4.0
    myconius Feb 12, 2020

    pointless cash-grab.

    complete waste of time and money.

    the art's not even worth the time to bother looking at.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Feb 12, 2020

    Man, whats with the harsh reviews? I thought this one was great. Easily the most emotionally resonating comic I've read from DC in a while. The characters dialogue and actions are written well, and you can feel the tension the family is growing through but also how much care is between them. Some of the 'kids' may seem a bit cold to Bruce but really can you blame them? I didnt pull Kings run on Batman but I never felt like I was missing crucial information. All you really needed to know was that Alfred died at the hands of Bane.

    Not to mention the art is just great all around, very heavy and moody but it captures facial expressions well which is something comics dont always do. And the flashback artists all bring good work as more

  • 5.5
    huz Feb 12, 2020

    Kind of hard to take DC comics deaths seriously. And the fact that this wasn't just in an issue of Batman makes it feel like a cash grab (especially since Batman ships twice a month). Also, like others have pointed out, Cassandra and Alfred's daughter Julia should have been at the bar.

  • 5.0
    YourGreenMuse Feb 13, 2020

    Yeah, this just doesn't resonate the way the creative team wants it to. A lot of that has to do with the current status quos and how we got to this point, and that's not really on this creative team. But that shouldn't mean we should give them a complete pass. After all, Amazing Spider-Man #400 was near perfect, and that issue was submerged in the 1990s Clone Saga. Status quo doesn't negate one's ability to tell a great story.

  • 9.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Feb 17, 2020

    It was great seeing the Batfam all togerher and sharing their experiences with Alfred. Ric was surprisingly handled well, he stuck out like a sore thumb, but the story made good use of a shitty editorial decision.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Feb 15, 2020

    " I can't imagine how much you're huting. I want to help you right now, more than anything. But this is the trap our family falls into over and over again. You push us away, and Alfred pull us all back together. I don't know if that's going to happen this time you need to do it yourself. You need to fight through the démon and be the adult we all need you to be. It sucks. I didn't want to believe it but deep down i kind of knew. When we lost Alfred, we lost you too. "
    - TIM DRAKE

  • 7.5
    LunaMoody Feb 14, 2020

    Okay this was mostly well done. It was a pretty good tribute to a beloved character. It did have some major flaws in my opinion though.

    1. Cassie should have been there to tell her Alfred story also. She is Bruce's adopted daughter and as such her voice should have been heard.
    2. Jason should not have been told to not come to the opening. He also was adopted by Bruce and should be treated as such.
    3. Barbara should not have been to the bar with them. She is extended family only! Also her blaming Bruce for what happened to her father is wrong. Bruce is one man fighting many different battles from all sides. He can only do and give the best he can.
    4. I didn't really like how everyone once again dumps on Bruce fo more

  • 7.5
    M1sf1r3 Feb 16, 2020

    Prelude:
    After his death in City of Bane, let's see how Pennyworth R.I.P. fares to honour Alfred.

    The Good:
    I like the stories from each Robin and Barbara.

    Art is generally good.

    The Bad:
    I know Alfred just died but everyone did feel too edgy to me.

    Conclusion:
    A passable issue. I like it when the BatFamily comes together but the voices are quite off for this issue even when regarding the recent events.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Feb 16, 2020

    "To Alfred"

    Let's have one writer kill Alfred in a poor story and then let's have others, better ones, do damage control and give him a proper send-off - that's the DC Way.

    Let's have one awesome writer make an amazing, intricate story that fixes pretty much every major problem with our continuity and then due to a few delays let's disregard that completely and let's just have some loud, overblown space cataclysm event, that can't seem to end and that no one will remember week after it ends, in its stead - that's the DC Way.

    With that rant out of the way, let's talk about the issue.

    The title pretty much says it all. R.I.P. The Bat-family gathers on this wake of sorts to remember Alfred and share more

  • 7.0
    RhubarbSaber Feb 15, 2020

    Tomasi & Tynion are left to clean up Tom King's disaster of a run, here and in the current continuing titles of "Batman" and "Detective". That's about it. Oh and Barbara Gordon was unnecessarily angry here.

  • 6.0
    letskillrobots Feb 16, 2020

    I liked the photo at the end

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