She was brilliant, striving for mere survival.
Unfortunately, the writers and the world were not ready for her. In fact, this character's parent book had been passed from writer to writer and this diamond hard darling was all but raped by horrible plots and a whole lot of "what the fuck?!" retcons. She suffered, body used as a shell while the rich and powerful family re-aquired there status quo. I sound bitter, don't I?
Regardless, my beloved Penance is returning to the public! Thanks to a comic called Loners, us Penny fans get to play with our razor sharp kindred spirit.