Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice

Author:  Gregg Hurwitz and Szymon Kudranski
Publisher:  DC Comics
Year: 2012
Pages:  144
Source:  Goodreads First Reads

Goodreads Description:

Bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz examines the painful and dark past of one of Batman's most devious foes. 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?

I've read very little in the way of superhero graphic novels/comics. In truth, I think the only one I have read is Batman Noel which I don't really think counts (although I did love it). I wish I knew a bit more about the Batman mythology before I jumped into a story about Penguin but I have to say, I did enjoy this comic. I liked the way that the authors made me feel sympathy for Oswald Cobblepot a/k/a Penguin and I was actually rooting for him a little bit. Not too much bit just a little. It was very interesting. Anybody read more of the Batman stories? Are there any suggestions as to where I should start on learning more about Batman?


  1. I'd love to hear the answers to your question too. I used to read Batman in the 80s but that was a looong time ago. I'm a sucker for the villains and this sounds cool! I have more favourite villains than I do heroes, I think.

  2. I tend to sympathize with the villians a good bit. Especially when there's a good story behind them and how they ended up where they are.

  3. Hi Melissa,

    If you're looking for good Batman stories but are not big on Superheroes give these ones a looksy:

    - Joker by Brian Azzarello
    - Batman the Long Halloween
    - Batman Whatever happened to the cape crusader

  4. Rui: I will check those out. Thanks for the recommendations.