Warning: SPOILERS for Batman #58
Bane is continuous his mission to damage Batman by coming after his biggest sidekick – his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Alfred is merely the most recent (potential) sufferer as Tom King’s comedian run with The Darkish Knight turns into the longest, if not the best cat-and-mouse sport between Batman and Bane.
Having already damaged up Batman and Catwoman’s marriage, and being closely implied to be the one who ordered KGBeast to put a bullet into Nightwing’s brain, which induced Dick Grayson to lose all his recollections, Bane’s newest scheme goes to take out Batman’s final and strongest pillar of help. The excellent news is Bane is already assembly some resistance in ending Alfred’s life. After hiring Penguin to take out Bruce Wayne’s butler and father determine, Gotham’s slimiest small-time gangster has different plans… working with The Bat as a substitute.
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Batman #58 begins with The Penguin receiving mentioned mission to take out Alfred, given to him by Bane within the supervillain’s now-infamous subterranean jail lair (Bane stays very on model in Tom King’s interpretation). Bane makes the argument that Bruce Wayne has turn into a legal responsibility to the felony underworld, and as retribution, his butler should be eradicated.
Oswald Cobblepot appears to conform to Bane’s phrases – the sensible transfer – by hiring assassins, sending them to Wayne manor, and even lining Alfred up immediately of their sights. However on the final second, Penguin reveals his true non-murderous intentions. All through Batman #58, The Darkish Knight has been looking for the villain who’s been making his life depressing ever since he served on a trial that forced him to admit Batman was wrong. It seems that Penguin has been main a direct path for Batman to himself. Whereas initially it looks as if Cobblepot is doing this so Batman can watch the homicide of Alfred, Penguin really gives Batman a deal upon their assembly. As an alternative of ordering the hit on Alfred, Penguin tells his goons to kill one another, and tells Batman that they should discuss.
Batman #58 leaves Penguin’s intentions and reasoning for desirous to work with Batman a secret. But there are some things that may be inferred from The Penguin’s historical past, and the present state of DC Universe continuity. Although the problem is not specific it seems that Batman #58 is going down after Crimson Hood and the Outlaws #25, by which Red Hood shot Penguin in the face in hopes of killing him. In Batman#58 Penguin’s clearly alive, however he is additionally carrying an eyepatch in the identical spot the place Jason shot him. Take into account that Crimson Hood unmasked himself as Jason Todd earlier than making an attempt to kill Cobblepot, and his survival could imply that Penguin has deduced Bruce Wayne is secretly The Batman.
Whereas Bane is totally conscious that Batman is Bruce Wayne, that is not data he is spreading round within the supervillain group. Even when Bane offers Penguin his mission to kill Alfred, it is framed as putting again towards Bruce Wayne, Batman’s buddy, not the vigilante immediately. If Penguin has already is aware of that Jason Todd is the Red Hood, he may presumably know that Todd’s guardian Bruce Wayne is his former mentor, Batman. If that is the case, Penguin is aware of precisely what sort of leverage he has on the hero by sparing Alfred’s life on the finish of Batman #58.
There might be any variety of the explanation why Penguin desires Batman to owe him a favor, however the almost definitely possibility is that the pint-sized gangster does not like taking part in second fiddle to anybody, together with Bane. Penguin desires to be the true mastermind, and use Batman to take out Bane as a substitute. He is coming to the metaphorical desk with numerous chips, too, by holding Batman’s secret identification and Alfred’s life as hostage. There’s additionally each risk that Bane, a legitimate super genius is aware of Penguin will double-cross him and has a plan to make sure Alfred’s demise.
In different phrases, though Alfred’s life is saved on the finish of Batman #58… everybody’s favourite butler continues to be in an excessive amount of hazard.
Batman #58 is on the market now from DC Comics.