DC Comics Universe and Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 Spoilers and Review follows.
Alfred Pennyworth Team-Up’s With Batman’s Robins (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake and Damian Wayne) and…
…Batgirl Barbara Gordon Plus His Will?!
I would recommend reading the recent Detective Comics Annual #3 (full spoilers here) as a companion piece to this one; its cover is gorgeous too.
Batman: Pennyworth RIP #1 opens with Bruce Wayne and his family paying tribute to Alfred Pennyworth with a statue unveiling…
…as each Batman Family member mourns Pennyworth in their own way.
Gotham City is protected by others led by Catwoman while the core Batman Family goes somewhere private to read Alfred Pennyworth’s will.
Prior to Bruce Wayne arriving, the former sidekicks bicker.
Each tell a story about themselves and Alfred followed by an exist without hearing the will; it starts with Damian Wayne (Robin), Tim Drake (formerly Red Robin and now Drake) and then Jason Todd (Red Hood).
Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) laments about the state of Gotham City and that her dad, former GCPD Police Commissioner James Gordon, has been infected by the Batman Who Laughs and is part of a new Secret Six raising havoc during DC’s Year of the Villain.
She’s also upset that Bruce Wayne (Batman) seems so stoic during all this; she then tells a Pennyworth story and leaves too.
Ric Grayson, he has remembered his life as Dick Grayson (Nightwing) yet when this tory takes place, stays behind and asks Bruce Wayne to tell a story of Dick and Alfred that Grayson would have told if he had all his memories.
Bruce Wayne does and then, like the others, Ric Grayson leaves.
The book ends with Bruce Wayne…
…finding Alfred Pennyworth’s will in the form of a Batman Family picture minus Jason Todd Red Hood (maybe he’s taking the picture?).
A tribute to Alfred Pennyworth and a reflection of his importance to the Batman Family by a team of artists and the writers of Batman and Detective Comics. Touching. 8 out of 10.
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