A few folks have taken issue with my last Penguin post, finding it difficult to believe that the Penguin would ever lower himself to pure fisticuffs. But then again, that story was published in 1989, DC was still reeling from the double-whammy of Miller and Moore, and it's something of a given that they would trip and stumble with darkening up their villain origins.
So let's move on to the far more progressive future: the wondrous, enlightened year of 1992. With Batman Returns
on the horizon, DC naturally wanted to give ol' Oswald Cobblepot a bigger share of the limelight. Said limelight was offered through a prestige-format graphic novel known as Penguin Triumphant
, written by the great John "Suicide Squad" Ostrander and penciled by Joe Staton.
It's not one of my personal favorites, but several of my pals have toted it as the end-all be-all of Penguin stories. In my opinion, the plot was built on territory that had literally been tread dozens
of times before - the Penguin declares that he's going straight; Batman is a suspicious ass, and is ultimately proven right in the end.
Still, it had a few moments going for it. Like this one, the only part in this particular comic to discuss Penguin's childhood bullying problems.( The wrath of Oswald Cobblepot, behind the cut! )