Batman: One Bad Day: The Penguin #1

Writer: John Ridley Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 19, 2022 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 37
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The Penguin's criminal enterprise and the Iceberg Lounge have been stolen from underneath him by his former associate the Umbrella Man. The Umbrella Man has removed all of the rules for crime in Gotham City that the Penguin put in place, and the city is in chaos. The Penguin is a broken man, and he'll have to travel through the burning streets of Gotham with a gun and a single bullet putting together a new crew to take back what he's built. Will Batman help the devil he knows or face the devil he doesn't in the form of the Umbrella Man? A crime epic from the team behind the critically acclaimed Other History of the DC Universe, John Ridley an more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Oct 19, 2022

    Batman: One Bad Day - Penguin #1 is an incredible look at one of Batmans most distinctive foes. The story itself is stunning, but the character development of Oswald Cobblepot balances, making him frightening and sympathetic. Its not just the character but his relationships with the city of Gotham and the man who seeks to protect it. Its a comic with layers and emotion, brilliantly encapsulated by a fantastic art team. For those that may not understand what Penguin brings to the crime community of Gotham, this one-shot beautifully demonstrates why he may be the one you keep onside. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Oct 19, 2022

    This is not a deep character examination of Penguin. We don't learn anything new about him, nor is there some fresh take on what we do know. But it's a fun story that makes us want to root for Oswald all the way through. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 18, 2022

    It's a hard-boiled Gotham crime thriller that shows just how compelling one of Batman's most underrated villains can be. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 18, 2022

    Camuncoli and Smith deliver some beautifully detailed and visually engaging art throughout the story. They brilliantly capture the characters and the city. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Oct 18, 2022

    For those of you who want a gritty Gotham comeback, this one's for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Oct 18, 2022

    Batman: One Bad Day - Penguin #1, as with the previous "One Bad Day" issues, appears to have nothing to do with the "One Bad Day" concept. However, Penguin's quest to regain his former glory in a villainous version of a hero's journey has a surprising amount of heart and wit. Ignore the title, but enjoy the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Oct 19, 2022

    One Bad Day has been a fun close-up on some of Batmans antagonists. Each one has had its own fingerprint. Ridley is wise to give the Penguin some momentum throughout an extended spotlight. It really SHOULD have been a mini-series at least, though. Ridley makes a strong case for Penguin as the protagonist of his own series, starting from the bottom and working his way up, but hes already come quite a ways between two covers, and it would feel strange trying to lift him up from where he is now at the end of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Oct 19, 2022

    A fun take on the trading-a-paper-clip-for-a-car viral events of yesteryear, Ridley's script is a powerful look at how one of Gotham's villain came to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 18, 2022

    It's not every day you can get a story focused nearly exclusively on a villain like Penguin, but the One Bad Dayformat allows for it. Batman: One Bad Day The Penguin explores Penguin in a new way while showing that determination and a little luck can go a long way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - batfan1992 Oct 19, 2022

    Batman: One Bad DayPenguin #1 is really a story about Oswald Cobblepot finding true friendship, more than it is about Penguin regaining his criminal empire. He doesnt fit in with society because of his looks, and he wants to be around people who will accept him, warts and all. It shows the Penguin in a sympathetic light, and many readers may be to relate to this aspect of his story. Overall, it was a good spotlight on this classic Batman villain and expanded upon the Penguins character in a fresh, new way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Oct 18, 2022

    Batman: One Bad Day: Penguin #1 is an effective and fun crime thriller that sees Penguin reclaim his empire. It's deep, thoughtful, and littered with heart. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Oct 20, 2022

    I ultimately don't think this book can reach the heights it's aiming for and it's a shame, because those are some admirable heights. There's a fantastic premise here that gets a little lost in itself so whether you dislike it for its character decisions or simply because Ridley's worldbuilding is so-so, you're reading a comic that isn't quite what it wants to be. However, I think there are enough moments in this book to give it some credit for trying. Read Full Review

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