It’s up to the Batman to stop Oswald Cobblepot’s plan for revenge and save the children of Gotham City. Throughout the series we got to grow up with Oswald, seeing him as a child, perhaps even beginning to empathize with the villain a little. The Source sat down with Gregg Hurwitz and Szymon Kudranski to get their thoughts.
Gregg Hurwitz “Living with Oswald Cobblepot for five months—you’d think it’d be an unappealing proposition,” Hurwitz exclusively told THE SOURCE. “But it was the most fun I’ve had in comics. I hope you enjoyed my and Szymon’s dark little tale of the dark little man. I can promise you this: it’s about to get even darker, so buckle up!”
Szymon Kudranski “Gregg’s story was a perfect match for my art. He had very clear and detailed visions for each panel,” continued series artist Szymon Kudranski. “There doesn’t necessarily need to be dialogue or narration in every scene/panel. Artwork should speak for itself and I hope that showed in this miniseries. Sometimes silent panels have bigger impacts and can replace 1000 words. Mostly, I try to operate with shadows and catch the mood. My biggest challenge was to draw Penguin as a child – how to make him scary without gore and blood, but also in a way that would make him sympathetic at the same time. I was also very happy with John Kalisz on board as the series’ colorist. It’s not easy to color my art but John always found the perfect colors to not ‘destroy’ the greyscaled art. His palette for Penguin is exactly how I envisioned it.”
Penguin: Pain and Prejudice will be in stores next Wednesday. What did you think about a mini-series that focuses on the villain? Should DC embrace more series like this? Finally does Gregg Hurwitz’s work on this series make you more or less excited that he will be taking over Batman: The Dark Knight? Let us know!