With a cinematic feel that would be comfortable in a Martin Scorsese gangster film, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1 sees one of Batman’s classic villains stepping out of the shadows thanks to a gritty story written by Gregg Hurwitz and art chores by Szymon Kudranski.
The comic has a slick feel to it with the use of shadow and color to tell a classic mob crime story set in the world of the Cape Crusader. The first issue takes time to shed some light on the Penguin’s origin (the first page witnesses the birth of Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot) and how the abuse he suffered as a child shaped the cruelty he uses as a criminal (the way he gets even with a man for bumping into him is chilling).
Like the Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka work on Gotham Central or Brian Azzarello's Joker, Hurwitz lets Batman be in the background (he doesn’t make an appearance until the end of the issue) and focuses on building Penguin as a true threat in the criminal underworld.
I am not sure where the comic is heading, but the art and story quickly hooked me and I can’t wait for the next issue. Batman fans will not want to miss this series.