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Joker's Asylum: Penguin #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 2 critic ratings.

The life of the Penguin unfolds as the Joker gives readers a look at Oswald Cobblepot’s life from youth to present.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
23 pages
Language
English
Price
$1.99
Amazon ASIN
B00MG2L2RK

Cover Artist

100%
2 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    Comics Bulletin

    Metaphysical musings aside, I liked this book a great deal. It is an excellent one-shot!
  • 72

    IGN

    I have to say, even though I think the Penguin works better as one of Batman saner foes, Aaron definitely deserves credit for trying to make his murderous actions in this story jive with his normal, all-business demeanor. Though the lengths at which the Penguin is willing to go to carry out petty revenge are a bit ridiculous and entirely unrealistic, they don't totally contradict the character's usual modus operandi, which I suppose is somewhat commendable. On art, Jason Pearson's work is likewise a huge step up from the quality of last week's issue. Pearson brings the right sense of creepiness to the proceedings, and nails every nuance in the above-mentioned brilliant scene. This is a one-shot well worth the cover price – flaws and all – if only because it's fascinating to see a young writer who hasn't quite ironed out his craft, but is pretty damn close.

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About the Author: Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron (born January 28, 1973) is an American comic book writer, known for his creator-owned series Scalped and Southern Bastards, as well as his work on Marvel series Ghost Rider, Wolverine, PunisherMAX, Thor, and The Avengers.

Early life

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase comic books from spinner racks, some of which he still owned as of 2012.

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Career

Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors. In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC Comics’s imprint Vertigo, which became his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side. The Other Side was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and Aaron regards it as the “second time” he broke into the industry. Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to Scalped, a creator-owned series with artist R. M. Guéra set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Joker’s Asylum.

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre.” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011 and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012. Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014. In 2018, Aaron relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness. In addition to his work on Marvel characters, Aaron wrote a year-long run on the Conan the Barbarian series after Marvel regained the licensing rights to the character in 2019.

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aaron’s Thor storyline which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God would be the basis for the 2022 film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Personal life

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.

Aaron is a passionate and well known fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion:
I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine.”

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