COMIC TITLE: Batman: White Knight (2018)
Sean Murphy– Artist
Sean Murphy– Writer
October 2017 – May 2018
I spent almost all of this challenge saying to myself that I needed a good Batman story that involved one of my all time favorite villains in The Joker. Well, DC Comics and writer/illustrator Sean Murphy (John Constantine: Hellblazer: City of Demons) decided that back in October of 2017 that it was time to answer my prayers. Most of the time when limited series are coming out, I will collect all the issues and read them together as a tradeback and I did that with this eight issue series entitled Batman: White Knight. I want you to sit back and digest this notion for a moment and try not to get too overwhelmed. Imagine a world where The Joker is no longer the villain and to be honest imagine a world where he is gone from it. After escaping Arkham, Jack Napier a.k.a. The Joker sets out on a mission to prove to the city of Gotham that he is not the problem, but that Batman is and always was. Jack begins to take a pill that suppresses the urge to become the Joker so that he can show Gotham how they no longer need him and he’ll do it with the help of the original Harley Quinn. Unfortunately, Harley Quinn II (Marian Drews) may just prove to be a thorn in the side of Jack’s that may force the unthinkable to happen.
This may be my all time favorite Batman story line because it’s an amazing look at reverse psychology. The Joker spends the whole first issue showing you why the Batman is out of control and not the answer to Gotham’s problems which could be a reflection of what is going on in today’s society and the troubles with law enforcement. The best thing they did was they made The Joker a politician because he used their tactics against them and that is such an amazing plot and then you add the second Harley Quinn feeling a woman scorned because the original decided to show up. I love the fact that they made this an eight issue comic because they pack in so many subplots that just blow the doors open on the secrets of Gotham City that it’s just mind blowing and there is never a dull moment in the comic. I preached this before that if you start off strong then you better finish strong and this comic did. The artwork is everything you would want from a Batman comic. It has some graphic scenes and lots of action as well. I don’t see how you wouldn’t enjoy this if you are a fan of Batman. FYI: This is a separate story line than what is happening currently with Batman at DC. Anyways, pick this up and check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+