Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1
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Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Szymon Kudranksi Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 5
9.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

In this exciting new miniseries from novelist Gregg Hurwitz (You're Next) and rising star artist Szymon Kudranksi (Spawn), the painful and dark past of one of Batman's most devious foes is examined. How did young Oswald Cobblepot go from being the apple of his mother's eye to the leader of underworld gangs and adversary of The Caped Crusader? Find out in PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE!

  • 10
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 6, 2011

    This is a buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Oct 6, 2011

    Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1 is a fantastic piece of work which excels both in writing and visuals, and I can't wait to see how the rest of this series pans out. The only reason this isn't a 10/10 is that I will miss the vivid vocabulary of the more avidly alliterative apperception of the charcter. That's hardly fair, but hey, reviews rarely are, either. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Oct 7, 2011

    Its the strength of the final five pages that saved this comic for me. They took a story which, until then, had been good but forgettable, and turned it into something much greater. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 8, 2011

    - Praise to one of the first minis of the new DCU, showing an impressive understanding on how to take advantage of the format to tell a tightly controlled and intense character piece. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 8, 2011

    This series is not unlike the Greg Pak-written "Red Skull: Incarnate" in that you are shown why the character is the way he is, you're given evidence of his evil activities, but you're also presented with a compelling story that is escalating in intensity and intrigue, exactly as the very best comic book stories should. I'm all in for this series, and I honestly hope there is room for more so long as Hurwitz makes them as interesting as this one. If you're looking for a break from the relaunched DCU and just want to read a good story about an iconic villain, redirect your cash this way. Mr. Cobblepot will certainly give you a reason or two to come back for more, and you won't even need to concern yourself with continuity, reboots, or the appearance of some hooded woman. This is a story about the Penguin, and it pulls no punches. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Oct 10, 2011

    Nestled among a slew of second issues, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice somehow managed to delight me as much as any other book released since the end of August. The limited series is a bit of reverse of what DC has been going for. For one, it features a villain and many of the new titles offer characters who reach anti-hero at best. Secondly, the villain is one of the oldest and most ingrained the company can offer. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Brian Russell Oct 7, 2011

    Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1 is a great start, and reallypulls you into a character you may not have been interested in before. Though alittle slow moving and lacking action, the pace is precise and the comic demands yourattention the entire issue. And then the last page hits, and you'll be wishingthat this wasn't just a five issue mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 7, 2011

    The script shows the origin of his relentless nature and the art work perfectly captures the emotion displayed by the characters. This is a great book for fans of Batman villains. I question whether or not this book has the juice to remain interesting for five issues since the meat and potatoes of Penguin's character has been revealed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Oct 5, 2011

    I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much from Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1. But the book thoroughly surprised me. The rest of Batman's rogues could benefit from similar mini-series to establish their place in the world of Gotham for new readers. Gregg Hurwitz and Szymon Kudranski have a solid handle on the Penguin character and I'm excited to see where this leads. Most of all, I want to know what the deal is with the Penguin's Norman Bates-esque relationship with his mother. It's creepy, to say the least. Read Full Review

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