Who would Batman be without Alfred Pennyworth, his loyal butler and constant companion in crimefighting? Considering Alfred’s unyielding assistance to both Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight, the answer is probably not much. Yet, how much do we really know about Mr. Pennyworth? Where did he come from? How did he meet the Waynes? And how did someone with so many skills end up as a butler?
People love to compare other superheroes (and super-villains) to Batman, and it's really not hard to see why. Let's be honest, Batman represents the Gold Standard of the cool guy action hero that is both totally unique to him and ultimately striven for by just about everyone else, regardless of whether they're running around trying to save the day or ruin it. He's the sort of guy who invites mirrors and measurements. He's understood well enough to work as a shorthand for character traits all over the world.
Well, that wasn’t what we expected.
The cover of this week’s BATMAN #38 promises to reveal “the origin of Bruce Wayne,” which we had to admit, had us scratching our heads. We know the origin of Batman, but Bruce Wayne? Were we going to see his birth? We’re not sure that particular story is one that needs to be told.
Has it been a year already? 2017 has reached its end, but before we dive into 2018, we’d like to take a moment and look back. For DC fans, 2017 was a remarkable year in comics, film and TV. Our characters reached new milestones and audiences, our writers and artists achieved remarkable new heights and our universe continued to grow in surprising new ways. And yet, within it all, several moments stood out for their importance and relevance. Some of them were groundbreaking, others were a welcome return. All of them are worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.
Batman is one of the most interesting characters in comic book history. He’s been portrayed as a world-class pugilist, an unflappable detective and a vengeful protector. But, no matter what the case (or place), the one thing that Batman ALWAYS is, is one step ahead of the bad guys.
Love is in the air! And so is heat. Lots and lots of heat in this exclusive preview of this week’s Batman #33. It was just two weeks ago that Selina Kyle finally gave her answer to Bruce Wayne’s marriage proposal, and now the two of them are riding off in the sunset. In the desert. In lethal, triple-digit temperatures.
Before we jump in and discuss tonight’s episode, let’s take a minute to admire Curtis’ new costume….ahhhh, yes…it’s the comics coming to life!