The Penguin #1

Writer: Tom King Artist: Rafael de Latorre Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 23, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 15
8.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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REVENGE IS FOR THE BIRDS. After retiring to Metropolis following his death, Oswald Cobblepot finds himself forced back into the unpredictable and violent Gotham City underworld as a pawn for the United States intelligence community! Gotham's criminal element has been evolving since he was last in the city, with his bastard twin children ruling the Iceberg Lounge. And what of the man he framed for his death--Batman? Is the Penguin walking into a death sentence? From award-winning and bestselling writer Tom King (Batman, The Human Target) and artist Stefano Gaudiano (Gotham Central, The Walking Dead) comes a bloody, hard-boiled tale of redempti more

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Aug 23, 2023

    The Penguin #1 is my idea of a perfect comic. It's full of suspense, never knowing when, or if Cobblepot will break. None of the internal monologues are his, instead, they are those of the people interacting with him. I find that simply fascinating, having an outside perspective of the central character reads something like a Martin Scorsese film, a real gritty gangster experience. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Kendra Hale Sep 26, 2023

    Ready and waiting for the next. The Penguin #1 is definitely a buckle up and bring down the pull bar for safety. Going to be a wicked ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 16, 2023

    Penguin's debut issue doesn't need to sleep with the fishes and marks a very promising start for this spotlight on Gotham's elite criminal mover and shaker. If King can keep the story rolling this could be a recommended DC title through the rest of the year. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 22, 2023

    This has the potential to be the darkest book King has done yet, and yet another winner in his massive library of DC gems. Read Full Review

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    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Aug 22, 2023

    King once again takes a series decisively into noir and hard boiled territory with another complex, though somewhat less morally gray, strong first issue. The entire creative team realizes this vision with outstanding work. Penguin #1 is a masterclass in resetting a character and fully realizing a new world for them. Read Full Review

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    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 22, 2023

    De Latorre delivers some amazing art throughout the issue. I love how the imagery captures the rising tension and suspense of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Connor Boyd Aug 22, 2023

    The Penguin #1 brings the villain into the spotlight in an engaging, creative, beautiful opening issue of what is sure to be an exciting crime thriller. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 23, 2023

    The Penguin #1 is a solid start. It suffers from “Tom King formula,” a pattern that has developed in King's recent releases. They all follow a similar pattern in their storytelling, for good and bad. It can distract from those who have read a lot of his works. Still, it's a solid opening that makes you want to come back for the “how” of it all. Hopefully it can break out from the mold as the story progresses. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 23, 2023

    The Penguin #1 promises DC Comics and Batman fans alike a story grounded by elements of crime and subterfuge not requiring any superhero hijinks to function, and in doing so discovers what makes Oswald Cobblepot such a compelling anti-hero. Read Full Review

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    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Aug 22, 2023

    Penguin #1 is a promising start to an interesting idea about what would happen if one of Batman's rogues tried to retire. The character work is (surprisingly for King) on-point, and the art is top-notch. It's unclear where this plot is headed, but there's enough interest after issue #1 to find out. Read Full Review

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    Batman-News - William Martin Aug 22, 2023

    This comic handily surpassed my expectations and despite not always being perfect I think it's well worth giving a chance and will likely only get better as it develops. The art is equally strong and as I guessed last week, you absolutely don't need to read The Penguin #0 to understand this comic. Hopefully, you skipped that one and saved your money last month, because this month, I recommend spending it on The Penguin #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - BJ Shea Aug 24, 2023

    It seems like Tom King is bringing the Penguin back to prominence as a threat to Gotham City, which he should always be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    retcon_D Aug 27, 2023

    Most predictably, this is another smash hit. Moody, uneasy, and tense, filled with nervous chuckles along the way, knowing $&*@ is about to go down (see what I did there?).

  • 10

    One issue and I think is already the best Penguin story.

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Sep 3, 2023

    What a fantastic start! I loved pretty much everything about this book and was really into the plot. I can't wait for the next chapter

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  • 9.5
    REYNARD Aug 29, 2023

    Prose is unmatched!

    Very fun to see King turn Penguin into this mythological boogeyman of the underworld.

    I didn't read Batman: Killing Time, but this might convince me to.

    In for the ride!

  • 9.0
    derbycomics Aug 22, 2023

    “And what are you, then?” A question posed to Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin, during an interrogation scene in THE PENGUIN #1 and the central question author Tom King seeks to explore in a strong debut for the new series highlighting one of Batman’s most iconic villains.

    King uses the POV from a variety of characters — a tailor, his enamored wife, an obnoxious customer, a federal agent, and a caped crusader — to introduce Oswald’s new life in Metropolis after faking his death and being forced out of Gotham by his usurping children. By all accounts he’s a changed man — a passive demeanor, putting others ahead of himself, and leaving his past criminal life behind him. But what King does so effectively is kee more

  • 8.5
    Screaming Enigma Sep 21, 2023

    A pretty strong start for this series. I wasn't really sure what to expect from a Penguin-led series, but I had a nice amount of hope with King writing it. After reading, I really like what we got here. King is putting together a very interesting story here in building the setting of Oswald's new life after "dying" in Chip Zdarsky's current Batman run. Plus, Latorre's art really fits in with the story presented and I think it only adds to the overall feeling from this book. Good stuff all around with this one.

  • 8.5
    KiryuMajima28t Aug 23, 2023

    Really solid first issue, tom king continues to do well with these types of characters.

  • 8.0
    2birdsstoned815 Aug 24, 2023

    Review at (1:07) in video!

  • 5.5
    K-23 Sep 19, 2023

    This book was fairly boring and King is writing Penguin as if he's the most evil character in the DCU which is totally off base and instantly took me out of the issue.

  • 4.5
    ItsJess Aug 22, 2023

    Who told this guy he can do noir?

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