Review DC USA – Batman: One Bad Day – The Penguin #1

The Penguin and the American Dream

“No one’s called me Penguin in a long time”

In the eighties Allan Moore He had a (very) brief period in DC but of a qualitative richness that has enlightened some authors for decades. His stage in Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta (yes, I know he started it in England) and the highly reissued Batman: Killing Joke They have given ideas that have lasted until today.

DC’s greed and bad arts made the Englishman leave the publisher with the promise of never wanting to work for Burbank again, but that’s another story.

What we want here and today is to focus on your influence and that of your special Batman The Killing Joke. This comic, which has become a joke due to the huge number of reissues it has enjoyed, caused controversy due to its ending, which involved a humanization of the Joker, possibly Batman’s deadliest villain.

Moore bases the premise on a humanist philosophy of the type that all men are born good. We are essentially kind. Anarchism, ideology of which he says Moore that defines his political ideology, is based on the natural goodness of the human being and that it is society that debases him.

This is the initial idea of ​​the Killing Joke. Jack Napier is a good guy, a good person, even a little soft and pushy, he’s just pushed by the pressure around him to find a quick and desperate solution. That solution is to commit a crime. Batman stops the criminal operation and Napier falls into a vat of chemicals, turning him into the Joker.

A bad decision. One bad day and you can go from diffident to criminal psychopath.

This idea is the specials one bad day focused on Batman’s villains. A bad decision. A mistake. One bad day and you become a terrifying criminal.

In this comic we have a slightly different idea. We have the Penguin ruined without redemption, despised without solution. He has lost everything, money, business and respect at the hands of the Umbrella Man.

The grace of the story is to see how Cobblepot little by little recovers his empire. Step by step. The pace at which a penguin walks.

Oswald has nothing, nothing at all… except a bullet… with that bullet he will get more bullets and thus little by little he will rebuild a twisted version of the American dream, a criminal version.


John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, I am Batman or the Other Story of the DC Universe) steps out of his comfort zone (to call it somewhat unfortunate, I admit) in this comic and bypasses a story of racially-tinged social criticism. Rather, we see a story of redemption, of building one’s own identity, of success and failure. All in a criminal and mafia environment.

A delight.

The story is built with a suitable rhythm. Slow when it should and faster when necessary. The author puts the emphasis on the characters, he defines them very well with tight dialogues and actions full of meaning that allow us to peek into their motivations. The story progresses in pulsations, as if each panel were a heartbeat, picking up speed as the plot intensifies until a vibrant climax that shows us the Penguin in all his splendor.


The drawing is from Italian Giuseppe Camuncoli. The author stands out for an efficient narrative, a page structure that multiplies what the screenwriter wants to communicate to us. A perfectionist drawing, without errors, something angular. The style is reminiscent of andy kubert in his good times with inks of Klaus Janson.

Camuncoli adapts the stroke to the plot. Tight and concrete in the most contained scenes, unleashed and brutal at the moment of greatest violence.


In short, it is a fun, enjoyable and in-depth approach to the psychology of one of Batman’s greatest villains, the always charismatic and versatile Oswald Cobblepot.

The best

• The meticulousness of the script ridley.
• THE drawing of Camuncolieffective and professional.


• Being a very good comic, it lacks one point to be a great comic.

Original Edition: Batman: One Bad Day – The Penguin #1 USA (DC Comics, 2022) Script: John Ridley Drawing: Giuseppe Camuncoli Inking: Cam Smith Color: Arif Prianto Format: 64 pages. $7.99 The Penguin and the American Dream “No one’s called me Penguin in a long time” In the eighties Alan Moore…

Review DC USA – Batman: One Bad Day – The Penguin #1

Review DC USA – Batman: One Bad Day – The Penguin #1


Roman de Muelas

Screenplay – 8.2

Drawing – 8.1

Interest – 8.1


Camuncoli and Ridley humanize an animal like the Penguin.

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Review DC USA – Batman: One Bad Day – The Penguin #1