Alfred Pennyworth served the Wayne family for decades—even though the tragic loss of Bruce Wayne’s parents. His death at the hands of Bane is the only event that could possibly compare to that fateful night in Crime Alley, and it leaves Bruce at a similar crossroads. If Alfred was the glue that held the Bat-Family together, how will Batman deal with that all falling apart? And if the Caped Crusader is to be truly alone, he might either hang that cape up once and for all…or double down and carry on with this vengeful quest forever. In Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 from James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi, we’re going to find out. With art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Chris Burnham, Marcio Takara, Diogenes Neves, Sumit Kumar and David LaFuente, Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 celebrates the life of one of the most important people in the history of Gotham City, while also addressing questions about what’s next for Batman without Alfred Pennyworth.
“The fabric of Gotham feels like it’s been ripped, and nowhere is that more evident than in Batman’s family,” said James Tynion IV. “This is an emotional gut-punch of an issue, as the family comes together as they struggle with the loss of the man who held each of them up in their darkest hours, and decides what kind of family they have left, now that its heart has been removed.”
“It’s been a privilege to write the Bat-family for so many years,” said Peter J. Tomasi, “and an even bigger privilege to be a part of giving Alfred, MY second favorite character in the Batman mythology, a salute to his kick-ass service. I’m proud of this special and the new Detective Comics Annual #3 in giving Alfred Pennyworth more moments to shine.”
Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 is written by James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi, with art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Chris Burnham (Damian), Marcio Takara (Jason), Dioegenes Neves (Tim), Sumit Kumar (Dick) and David LeFuente (Barbara), colors by by Adriano Lucas, Rex Lokus and Nathan Fairbairn, and lettering by Travis Lanham and Tom Napolitano. Plus, cover art by Lee Weeks. This 48-page issue will be in shops on February 12, 2020, retailing for $4.99.
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