The Penguin He’s building an army as he works to regain his place as one of Gotham’s biggest crime lords, but bat Man You have no idea how many moving pieces there are on the board. As one chapter of the Gotham War closes, another begins to unfold. This time, Oswald Cobblepot is recruiting some of his soldiers with interesting proposals, including arranging meetings with other rogues.
In He Penguin #3 by Tom King, Rafael De Latorre, Marcelo Maiolo and Clayton Cowles, the Penguin returns the defunct Force of July team to battle. Oswald employs some of the usual tactics of bribery and threats to get his point across, but he also makes a surprisingly revealing offer to Mayflower: join him and meet Poison Ivy.
While it is unlikely that Oswald would have taken no for an answer, His proposal opens the door for Pamela Isley to join the fray just as she returns to Gotham.. The Penguin isn’t the only player on the board, but he is controlling Gotham’s chaos to his advantage before returning to the city.
Penguin is gathering powerful allies
Although the Penguin returns to Gotham at Amanda Waller’s insistence, he is doing things his own way. He has already included Help in his plan, officially putting one of the best fighters in the world on his payroll, and in He Penguin #3, take advantage of the US government’s new resources to track down the Outsiders’ former villains: the July Force. The team consists of Major Victory, Lady Liberty, Silent Majority, Sparkler, and Mayflower, all of whom receive a different type of recruitment speech. For Mayflower, who possessed the ability to grow plants at will and control them, meeting Poison Ivy was more than enough of a tie.
When Oswald finds Mayflower, he follows her to her vacant garden and tells her that he has a “old acquaintance” who owes him a couple of favors. She quickly reveals that she is talking about Poison Ivy as Mayflower wanders around the dead land, spraying it with water and reflecting on how “The garden is in need.” She tells Penguin that she would like to meet Pam and soon joins the rest of her old team. Given Oswald’s willingness to follow through on his threats, it is equally likely that he will also follow through on his promises. Mayflower’s particular situation could affect Pam’s empathy, as she was also recovering from the loss of her own powers in Poison Ivy #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara, Arif Prianto and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
Poison Ivy and the Penguin pose a threat to Gotham
Even if Ivy only agrees to a meeting, it means she’s helping the Penguin in his quest to take back Gotham. Penguin is using Poison Ivy as a carrot on a stick at a time when she just returned to town before her lamia spore outbreak, potentially combining multiple threatening situations into one. If they end up on the same side, like a superficial alliance or something more, it could make them an alarming couple. Especially since all of these events come immediately after Vandal Savage’s power moves during and after the Gotham War story, which has left the entire Bat-Family reeling. bat Man is ill prepared for what Penguin is planning, but it will shape the future of Gotham.
The Penguin #3 It’s now available at DC Comics!
THE PENGUIN #3 (2023)