Bruce Wayne became Batman after losing his parents in a tragic mugging that left him scarred, but he has never had to carry that burden alone. Bruce grew up with his most loyal and trusted friend, butler and caregiver, Alfred Pennyworth, by his side. For many years, Alfred was the only real father-figure that Bruce ever knew, helping to shape Gotham's dark knight - a legacy that came to an end with Alfred's death at the hands of Bane in Batman #77.
The question on everyone's minds is, what happens now? Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P will explore just that as we see Bruce grapple with the loss of yet another family member. Don't expect the the upcoming 48-page one-shot to simply set up Batman's future; the story will also take a look back and celebrate the life of this classic Batman character.
The official synopsis reads:
"Alfred Pennyworth served the Wayne family for decades—even through the terrible loss of the Dark Knight’s parents. His shocking death at the hands of Bane is the only event that could possibly compare to that fateful night in Crime Alley, and it leaves Bruce at a similar crossroads. If Alfred was the glue that held the Bat-Family together, how will Batman deal with that all falling apart? And if the Caped Crusader is to be truly alone, he might either hang that cape up once and for all…or double down and carry on with this vengeful quest forever."
The historic loss of Alfred Pennyworth won't just affect the billionaire vigilante. Alfred was more than just the ally that provided the bat-cave with lighthearted wit and sarcasm, he was a friend and guiding hand to many of the young superheroes in the Bat-family, from Dick Grayson to Damian Wayne. His relationship with each of Batman's apprentices will likely also be explored as Pennyworth R.I.P recounts the aide-de-camp's life.
The one-shot is written by James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi with artwork by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and more. It arrives in stores Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.