• What has The Joker done with The Penguin?

• Guest-starring Poison Ivy and Clayface!

• Plus: In the backup story, learn the secret way to make it as a super criminal in Gotham City.

Story by John Layman
Art by Jason Fabok & Andy Clarke
Cover by Greg Capullo
Variant Cover by Greg Capullo

Price: $3.99
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  1. For some reason the second issue of this new run just couldn’t grab me like the first. I really hope Layman can deliver with this issue. Hope the tie-in doesn’t hurt the flow of the actual story here.

  2. Am I the only one that thinks the Penguin is a stupid character and should stop appearing in Bat books?

    • The penguin sucks. Terrible character. Dont know why the people at DC are pushing him in all these books. He likes penguins and he’s an asshole, we get it.

    • I really like the use of the Penguin in this story. He is actually Bruce Wayne’s antagonist first and Batman’s second. Clever. Now we’re gonna see him as Joker’s pawn, and how that came about in Batman was great. Poison Ivy also seems to be getting used well too, always the seductress and conservationist. I bought this because of Layman, and because I liked Fabok’s work on Batman annual. I have not been disappointed in the least! On another Penguin note: the Cobblepots have so much history in Gotham that it can be argued the Penguin is as much a part of Gotham as Batman. He owns property, contributes to the community on one hand and then undermines it on the other. He’s the antithesis of Bruce Wayne; an ugly, criminal bird bird that can’t fly. The possibilities for great stories are evident. Layman is putting one together right now.

  3. Is anybody else still getting this book because of Mr. Layman?

  4. This title just keeps getting better and better.

  5. Have not enjoyed Detective Comics (it’s a bit too grimdark for my tastes) but I will be picking this issue up simply for the DoaF story.

  6. Scarlet, if you just want it for the tie-in you should skip. Detective does not go full-blown Joker until next issue.

  7. I’ve been reading this since the reboot out of my love for Batman, but since Layman and Fabok took over it has really been solid. Excited to see where they go next issue when Joker has a bigger presence.

  8. I HATE these covers. The traditional cover that was solicited with this issue is so much better.

  9. This had nothing to do with Death of a Family. I feel cheated out of four dollars.

    Still, passably good comic.

  10. This was really good. Not really about death of the fam, but maybe the penguin will play some part of that to connect this book to the “tie in”

    I miss Daniels Pencils but Laymans work has been a marked improvement.

  11. This was a good issue. I enjoyed Poison Ivy and the Penguin. I prefer Andy Clarke’s rendition of Clayface over Fabok’s though. I’m curious to see what happens next with Emperor.

  12. I know I’m old, but do we REALLY need a “new” Penguin? They’ve spent several issues since the new 52 developing him as a real threat, only to have him replaced by this guy? Really?

  13. Underwhelming. I’m pretty close to dropping this title.

    Another New 52 title not doing it for me.

  14. mgriffith- I agree, these DOTF tie ins have been average at best. Not wild about the Emperor Penguin thing either.

  15. I loved this issue. These backups are really good too. It’s getting hard to find a bad Bat book these days. Did anybody else think that emperor penguin guy was Constantine after he lit up his cigarette? Lol

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