Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #2

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 9, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 5
8.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Writer Gregg Hurwitz and artist Szymon Kudranski continue their dark examination of the Penguin in PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE. The Penguin runs a vast crime empire that's always one step away from faltering, thanks to the interference of Batman. How can Penguin keep Batman at bay and maintain the power and image that's become so important to him? And what dark family secrets is the Penguin hiding?

  • 10
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 10, 2011

    But after finishing the second issue and being left excited for what the next three issues hold I started to wonder: what's the end-game? Is this whole 5-part mini-series just going to continue being a character study of the Penguin or will there be a greater over arcing story taking place in the present? What is it that you would like to see happen in the final three installments of this series? And if you haven't read either of these two issues yet, what are you waiting for? Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Nov 11, 2011

    This book is brilliantly dark and surprisingly emotional, bringing the Penguin up to the upper echelon of Batvillains who have a deeply compelling tale of how they came to be the monsters they are. It's the kind of thing he's needed for a long time, and as much as we'll miss the wackier aspects of the character as traditionally portrayed, the version of the Penguin Hurwitz is forging is closing in on the level of masterpiece. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 12, 2011

    Who knew that a series starring the Penguin could turn out to be one of the most harrowing, compelling stories of the year? Of course, we've had many minis start out strong and peter out, but I have a good feeling about this one. Definitely worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Nov 9, 2011

    A large reason why this book is so effective is because of Szymon Kudranski's dark and moody artwork. Kudrankski's heavy use of shadows fits the tone of Hurwitz's script like a glove, making Penguin: Pain and Prejudice feel like a guilty pleasure type of read. There are only a few panels in the book that are hard to make out because of the artwork's emphasis on shadows, which unfortunately kills some of the story's momentum since you have to stop and try to decipher what you're looking at. Otherwise, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice is a sharp-looking comic with a dark, yet revealing tale about one of Gotham's best rogues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 10, 2011

    "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice" might go down a road that a lot of other works of fiction have, but Hurwitz and Kudranski make it an entertaining road. It's nice to see someone using the Penguin as a character again, not just an information service that you punch to have it spit out an answer. Batman fans should definitely take a look at this mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 11, 2011

    I was concerned this series wouldn't have the juice to remain interesting over time and those fears can be put to rest. Read Full Review

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