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He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now… Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First, he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now… Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First, he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman! Superstar writer and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS, THE WAKE) presents a seven-issue miniseries of a twisted Gotham City with a massive cast of heroes and villains that, at its heart, is a tragic story of a hero and a villain: Batman and The Joker. But which is the hero—and which the villain? COLLECTING: Batman: White Knight 1-8


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He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now… Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First, he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now… Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First, he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman! Superstar writer and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS, THE WAKE) presents a seven-issue miniseries of a twisted Gotham City with a massive cast of heroes and villains that, at its heart, is a tragic story of a hero and a villain: Batman and The Joker. But which is the hero—and which the villain? COLLECTING: Batman: White Knight 1-8

30 review for Batman: White Knight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    If this is any indication of what DC's Black Label will be putting out, I'm all in. Black Label is apparently a mature audience version of the Elseworlds stories, which means this doesn't take place in the regular DC universe. <--so, no harm, no foul. I like this kind of stuff because writers can screw with the characters and whatnot...without futzing up everyone's day. The gist is that the Joker takes some anti-crazy pills to prove a point, gets sane, and then sets about proving that he could f If this is any indication of what DC's Black Label will be putting out, I'm all in. Black Label is apparently a mature audience version of the Elseworlds stories, which means this doesn't take place in the regular DC universe. <--so, no harm, no foul. I like this kind of stuff because writers can screw with the characters and whatnot...without futzing up everyone's day. The gist is that the Joker takes some anti-crazy pills to prove a point, gets sane, and then sets about proving that he could fix Gotham's problems better than Batman. Like Hell, you say! And that was my first reaction, as well, Random Goodreader. I'm not a huge fan of Joker as this human-yet-somehow-superhuman villain. To me, his mythos is almost out of control at this point. Yes, he's clever and psychotic. BUT. At the end of the day, he's just a dude with a lipstick fetish that fell in a vat of skin-bleaching acid. Realistically, he's not going to take down the Justice League with fart bombs and hand buzzers. So, yeah. I'm not in awe of all things Joker. Which is why it shocked the piss out of me that I loved this. Now, I don't want to spoil stuff, but I'd like to point out a few of the things I thought were cool about this one. First, and most impressive to me, was the way Murphy reconciled the two versions of Harley Quinn. I mean, she started off as the loopy sweetheart of Mistah J in a jester costume, and she morphed into a psychotic ninja with big titties, baby shorts, and a baseball bat. And I won't ruin it for those of you who haven't read this, but I thought the explanation surprisingly fun and creative. Another thing I enjoyed seeing addressed was the real-life problems with the way Batman operates. Now, that's not to say that this comic sucked the joy out of suspending disbelief for our Caped Crusader. But it took a lot of the things that we're all thinking in our heads when we're reading about things like the way the Batmobile screams down the street in Gotham, and goes: Hey, that's fucking dangerous! You're causing more problems than you're fixing! - then gives a more obvious and, quite frankly, better solution. Kudos, Jack! Lastly, I loved the way the entire story came full circle. You pretty much end up where you stared when it comes to your feeling about Batman, but the journey you take to get there is well worth it. Highly Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    This is an awesome story. This is the best comic mini series I have read in a long time. The blurb at the back said that this was "Unlike anything we've seen before". For once this is not just hype. This is truly unlike any Batman story I have ever read. Every Batman fan has heard of the Joker and everyone has an option on him. Now I met Jack Napier, and he could be even more dangerous then the Joker. Removing the Joker' s insanity was one thing the made this comic great, the second ingredient wa This is an awesome story. This is the best comic mini series I have read in a long time. The blurb at the back said that this was "Unlike anything we've seen before". For once this is not just hype. This is truly unlike any Batman story I have ever read. Every Batman fan has heard of the Joker and everyone has an option on him. Now I met Jack Napier, and he could be even more dangerous then the Joker. Removing the Joker' s insanity was one thing the made this comic great, the second ingredient was removing Batman's conscience and support system. This makes for a much darker, dangerous and reckless Batman. The artwork is great an suits the story perfectly. It is a great mix of old gothic art work and new technology at the same time. The surprises are actually surprising. They were definitely not things I saw coming. Everything was great from beginning to end. Even though this was a elseworld like miniseries but I would love to see where this story goes from here. Every chapter starts with the issue cover, then the cover gallery at the end has the varient covers of issues 1 to 8. I loved this series, if I had one complaint about this book it would be that I would have liked more of Batman in the story, but the way the story is set out I know why it was done this way. Super awesome story and I can think of someone who should be the next White Knight. Read this book then join me in begging for a sequel please!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Oh, boy, you are in for a show here! I bought this in its single comic book issues, and even I did reviews of each one of those, however I thought that it was wise to arrange a review of the whole story, using fragment of the previous individual reviews. This TPB collects “Batman: White Knight” #1-8. Creative Team: Writer & Illustrator: Sean Murphy Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Todd Klein THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE!!! Joker might have been responsible for terrorizing Gotham, but you weren Oh, boy, you are in for a show here! I bought this in its single comic book issues, and even I did reviews of each one of those, however I thought that it was wise to arrange a review of the whole story, using fragment of the previous individual reviews. This TPB collects “Batman: White Knight” #1-8. Creative Team: Writer & Illustrator: Sean Murphy Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Todd Klein THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE!!! Joker might have been responsible for terrorizing Gotham, but you weren’t necessarily making it better. Batman: White Knight isn’t only one of the most relevant comic book miniseries to read, specially if you’re fan of Batman, but also I’ve noticed that this is a “passing the torch” moment… …since in many media projects about Batman, on films, TV and comic books, it was usual, and not all rare, that creative teams were inspired by Batman ‘66 TV series, since almost all of the members of those creative teams grew out in an era, similar to mine, and we as kids, that was the Batman (nevermind campiness) that blew out our minds… …but sooner or later, new creative teams that grew out in newer eras, it was logical that would “take the torch” to write new stories about Batman, and the next generation is logical that its introduction to the character and his world were Batman ‘89 and Batman: The Animated Series, and while Sean Murphy still keep some elements of Batman ‘66 and even adding newer stuff like The Dark Knight trilogy! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS After all these years, you still have no idea what I’m capable of? Gotham City has disease and its name is Batman. Jack Napier is the cure! Vigilantism has cost too much in lives and infrastructure to the population of Gotham City and Jack is helping to reveal that people hadn’t known the peak of the big picture. Gordon and Batman aren’t in the same page anymore, if they’d truly be anytime before. But also Batgirl and Nightwing are considering if remaining to the side of The Dark Knight is truly the best for their own duties to protect Gotham City and its citizens that it’s looking like the new White Knight is the only logical path. AN INSTANT CLASSIC!!! …maybe if you two weren’t so stubborn… …you’d realize how similar you’ve become. There is a war in Gotham City… …in one side, there is Jack Napier, formerly known as The Joker, reformed, certified sane, and willing to do what’s necessary to make a better, safer Gotham,… …in the other side, there is The Batman, obsessed, recklessly violent, and too much eager to do what’s necessary to prove that Joker shouldn’t be trusted… …and in the middle there is the citizens of Gotham, suffering the consequences of this epic conflict. However, hardly, Jack and Batsy are the only ones playing a hand in this dangerous card game… …Dr. Harleen Quinzel, formerly known as Harley Quinn, smart, resourceful, and willing to do what’s necessary to avoid that those two fellows would kill each other… …Marian Crews, formerly a second Harley Quinn wannabe, quick-learner, loose-cannon, and willing to do what’s necessary to keep on the havok unleashed on Gotham, and what better joke like doing it using insidious plans by Jack combined with dark cold secrets from Wayne Family? Batman, Jack, Harleen, Marian… …who will have the last laugh in this sick game about power over Gotham City?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The Joker takes some magic pills and is no longer “crazy”. In his newly sober state, he decides to help Gotham by ridding it of its greatest scourge: Batman! Oh boy, White Knight is all kinds of hot garbage! I knew Sean Murphy wasn’t a good writer after reading his laughable book Punk Rock Jesus but I thought he might’ve improved after five years – nuh uh! If anything he’s gotten worse. The only way Murphy can make his feeble story work is by writing everyone out of character. So Batman is sudde The Joker takes some magic pills and is no longer “crazy”. In his newly sober state, he decides to help Gotham by ridding it of its greatest scourge: Batman! Oh boy, White Knight is all kinds of hot garbage! I knew Sean Murphy wasn’t a good writer after reading his laughable book Punk Rock Jesus but I thought he might’ve improved after five years – nuh uh! If anything he’s gotten worse. The only way Murphy can make his feeble story work is by writing everyone out of character. So Batman is suddenly brain-dead, idiotically playing into Joker’s obvious ploys like an unbelievable moron. He literally drives the Batmobile over residential tiled rooftops, giving Joker the reason he needs to show people Batman’s recklessness. Batman – on camera – chokes Joker half to death before emptying a bottle of pills down his throat and forcing him to swallow. He also choke-holds him – again on camera – later on, while, as Bruce Wayne, he knocks out a businessman in the middle of a party. Dick Grayson and Jason Todd suddenly hate Bruce and have always hated Bruce while Gordon is ready to throw away years of friendship, cooperation and arrests the instant the Joker needs him to – it’s too much. There’s suspension of disbelief and there’s this. And then the biggest flaw: Joker himself. He’s calling himself Jack Napier here, as in Jack Nicholson’s character from Batman ’89, who was insane until he was suddenly cured with pills. This is just a personal preference but I’ve never liked the “Joker is crazy” perspective which is far too shallow and dull an explanation. I much prefer Heath Ledger’s Joker, a cool, calculating sociopath – certainly unhinged mentally – but smart, thoughtful, articulate, and deadly serious about, and more than capable of achieving, his goals. Not some gibbering lunatic randomly doing whatever, whenever, whyever. Apparently Joker being crazy was the only thing holding back the people of Gotham from embracing him. Quick as you like they’re able to forgive the years and years of murders, explosions, poisonings, and everything else the Joker’s done! (view spoiler)[Joker gets elected to office almost immediately, the poor people of Backport, a poor district of Gotham, supporting him because a black dude who inexplicably likes the Joker tells them to. It’s so patronising. He’s instantly able to divert $3billion in funds – the money it takes to clean up the city after this Batman’s ridiculous antics apparently – towards the Gotham Terrorist Oppression unit, which Nightwing and Gordon immediately sign up for because they just happen to hate Batman now. Joker’s able to beat up Batman in a fist fight after sparring with Harley, who’s rewritten as the best combat fighter in Gotham. Oh and Joker survives a high-speed head-on collision AND an explosion without a scratch. (hide spoiler)] I mention all those spoilers to point out how contrived, lazy and stupid Sean Murphy’s writing and plotting is. Everything is far too damned convenient and that’s why I didn’t buy any of it, even as an Elseworlds tale (which is the only thing this book could be). Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for Elseworlds and different takes on characters – so long as they’re done well, ie. the story makes sense within its own logic, it’s fun and/or thoughtful, or says something new about the characters; except White Knight is anything but. Joker’s “sane” motivations for everything don’t make a lick of sense. He wants to show Gotham that they don’t need Batman, using the tired “costumed crazies weren’t there until he showed up” argument, because there’d be no crime without him – and has to break the law numerous times to show that?? And what does he think anyway – that with Batman locked up all of Gotham’s performance artist villains would just slink away? Joker’s origin here is largely the Killing Joke’s which is another problem with this book: everything is lifted from somewhere else. It’s such an unoriginal comic. The origin is Alan Moore’s Killing Joke, Jack Napier is from Batman ’89, Joker believing he’s Batman’s best friend is from Scott Snyder’s Death of the Family, the brutal Batman here is taken from Frank Miller’s Batman books, the Joker/Harley relationship is from Batman: The Animated Series, and the visuals are taken from the full spectrum of Batman books, movies and TV shows over the last 75+ years. The one arguably “new” addition Murphy brings is a crappy slant on Harley:(view spoiler)[”Neo Joker” – that rubbish won’t last. (hide spoiler)] It’s just pandering to fandom. Perhaps if you’re someone who reads Batman books for Easter eggs and references you’ll love this. And you’re a drooling idiot. Even though I don’t believe it exists, given that Murphy was going for the “Joker is crazy” angle, I’d hoped for a book examining the Jekyll/Hyde duality to Joker – maybe Murphy’s Jack Napier/Joker could be a fascinating, complex relationship like Smeagol/Gollum or Jack/Tyler Durden. Or maybe a story like this could work if the plot points didn’t hinge so much on convenience – the Clayface/Hatter mind control was ridiculous, as was Freeze’s big gun. But if you can’t make it work without having to be stupid about it – because Batman and Joker are too defined at this point – then maybe don’t write it. Maybe write a different story with different characters to avoid this many blunders. Ultimately though it comes down to Murphy’s lack of ability as a writer. If you rely this much on contrivance, you’re a hack. The book is way too long at eight issues (that Freeze subplot was so pointless and tying in the Nazis was distasteful and unnecessary), the pages are packed full of too much bad writing and exposition, none of it interesting to read and most of it nonsensical anyway; it is an absolute bore to slog through. I’d forgive a lot if the story was entertaining or if all of this useless table-setting went anywhere unique or clever; but no, it’s another predictable load of uninsightful, unmemorable nothing. Murphy’s a fine artist – many pages looked awesome, particularly the numerous Batmobiles – but he’s a terribly inept writer. Batman: White Knight is a derivative, sloppy, tediously drawn-out mess and joins the embarrassing likes of Going Sane, Lovers and Madmen, and The Joker’s Last Laugh as among the worst Batman/Joker books ever.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of What If?/alternate universe-type stories. On some level, it feels like cheating to take characters created by others, throw off the shackles of continuity under which most of their creators have to operate, and do whatever you want with them with no repercussions. It’s like if you were an Olympic diver who only needed to pull off a half-assed belly flop (or maybe a no-assed belly flop, because if your belly and ass can hit the water at the same time, methi As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of What If?/alternate universe-type stories. On some level, it feels like cheating to take characters created by others, throw off the shackles of continuity under which most of their creators have to operate, and do whatever you want with them with no repercussions. It’s like if you were an Olympic diver who only needed to pull off a half-assed belly flop (or maybe a no-assed belly flop, because if your belly and ass can hit the water at the same time, methinks you’re either 1) impossibly flexible; or 2) an anatomical marvel that I either want to study more closely or vomit when I think about) to win gold while your opponent would need to execute a technically perfect reverse 4.5 somersault in pike position while handcuffed and wearing electrical nipple clamps to beat you to the podium. That said, these types of stories can provide an ideal vehicle for either recapturing the true core of a character whose soul has gotten buried under decades of the aforementioned crushing continuity conundrums or exploring an alternate take on a beloved character that is at once a beautiful spin on existing mythos and an altogether mind-blowing creation on its own. White Knight is the latter. I don’t want to talk too much about the story here lest I spoil it; suffice it to say, however, that the descriptive copy that adorns the book doesn’t do justice to the deeply realized version of Gotham (and gorgeous art) Murphy creates, nor the way he reinvents Batman and key members of his Bat family and rogues’ gallery. Sure, you’ve got to look past a few “Oh, come on!’ moments of pure comic bookery, but if you can accept that—and if you’re accustomed to reading about a creepy single dude whose only real friends are a droll old butler and spritely colored tight-clad adolescents, then I think you’ll manage just fine—you’re in for a rollicking ride that feels too short by half; I guarantee you’ll be wanting more when the story wraps. Thus far, the best 2018 graphic novel I’ve read, hands (or perhaps half-asses and full bellies) down.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    Amazing read! This is honestly one of the best Batman stories I've read in a long time and I mean that fully! So the story is set in a alternate universe, where Batman has gone off the rails and has become more violent and careless about his actions, that effect the people of Gotham. Then The Joker takes some magic pills that turns him back into Jack Napier and he becomes a politician, with an anti-batman campaign and slowly turns everyone against The Dark Knight! This is one of the very few Bat Amazing read! This is honestly one of the best Batman stories I've read in a long time and I mean that fully! So the story is set in a alternate universe, where Batman has gone off the rails and has become more violent and careless about his actions, that effect the people of Gotham. Then The Joker takes some magic pills that turns him back into Jack Napier and he becomes a politician, with an anti-batman campaign and slowly turns everyone against The Dark Knight! This is one of the very few Batman stories that is not afraid to highlight Batman's flaws and show how his reckless battles with villains effect Gotham as a whole. One of the many perks of Murphy's writing is just how smart and well thought out the story is; and I can tell he's a massive Batman fan, based on the many influences he takes from the movies and the animated series. In essence though, this is very much a Joker story as it is Batman, as it takes a good look at obsessive relationships and the Batman/Joker rivalry. The Artwork as well is absolutely excellent! Its not anything flashy but it suits the gritty tone of the book, plus the Batmobile design is really awesome! But overall this a fantastic read I recommend all Batman fans must read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tiago

    I've wanted to check this one out for quite a while, but I'll be honest... I couldn't finished it. Look, it is a good looking book, the art is phenomenal, stylish, mature and consistent, but the story makes absolutely no sense, its like an exercise in disbelief, for example, are we suppose to believe that Joker gets pardoned from prison after a life of murder, theft, torture and terrorism just because Batman got a little too rough on him? Bruce Wayne and the rest of the Bat family are completely I've wanted to check this one out for quite a while, but I'll be honest... I couldn't finished it. Look, it is a good looking book, the art is phenomenal, stylish, mature and consistent, but the story makes absolutely no sense, its like an exercise in disbelief, for example, are we suppose to believe that Joker gets pardoned from prison after a life of murder, theft, torture and terrorism just because Batman got a little too rough on him? Bruce Wayne and the rest of the Bat family are completely out of character and that bunch of political crap going on and on in every issue, it was just too long, preachy and tedious to finish, not recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    This completely flips the switch on the characters in Gotham. The art is amazing!! He has to be up there with Ribic as my fave artists. The story is unique. I know it takes traits ane ideas that made us fall in love with the original characters but I felt like it made its own. It wasn't trying to be the same, it was giving it a new flavour.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. I think I'm in the minority here, but this was a lot of fun, and read almost like an old Elseworlds book: how would Batman respond, as well as the rest of Gotham City, if the Joker was cured of his insanity. I read this expecting this to be another insane plan by the Joker and the other super-criminals, looking for the hidden secrets showing that I was right. I was surprised at how it played out. Good artwork and good w I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. I think I'm in the minority here, but this was a lot of fun, and read almost like an old Elseworlds book: how would Batman respond, as well as the rest of Gotham City, if the Joker was cured of his insanity. I read this expecting this to be another insane plan by the Joker and the other super-criminals, looking for the hidden secrets showing that I was right. I was surprised at how it played out. Good artwork and good writing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I was on the fence about this title when first released but glad I gave it a go. So the joker is reformed. He is no longer the crazy killer clown we all know. Batman doesn't buy this bullshit for one second and brutally beats down the joker. However as the story progresses we actually see the joker isn't lying. With surprise twist from characters like harley Quinn, a new take on nightwing, and barbs and more we have a elseworld that feels different. Good: the art is of course great. Murphy alway I was on the fence about this title when first released but glad I gave it a go. So the joker is reformed. He is no longer the crazy killer clown we all know. Batman doesn't buy this bullshit for one second and brutally beats down the joker. However as the story progresses we actually see the joker isn't lying. With surprise twist from characters like harley Quinn, a new take on nightwing, and barbs and more we have a elseworld that feels different. Good: the art is of course great. Murphy always does really with that. The storyline is both well told and interesting. The idea of joker changing is well crafted. I love the batfamily in this, they love and fight like a real one. The ending is great and I wanna see where this goes. Bad: I love politics but this is really heavy handed at times. I also thought the changes to the lore and such took a bit getting used to. Overall really fun and different. This is everything I love in the elseworld story. A 4 out of 5.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Not terrible. There's the germ of a good idea here, but Murphy just isn't able to bring it to fruition. Basically, the Joker takes some pills that turn him into Jack Napier, a normal guy who is soon pointing out the corruption within the GCPD and the higher ranks of Gotham City, most of it revolving around Batman (there's a "Batman Devastation Fund" that is hidden in the city's books, and used to pay for the damage caused by fighting supervillains, etc.). Through a pretty contrived sequence of e Not terrible. There's the germ of a good idea here, but Murphy just isn't able to bring it to fruition. Basically, the Joker takes some pills that turn him into Jack Napier, a normal guy who is soon pointing out the corruption within the GCPD and the higher ranks of Gotham City, most of it revolving around Batman (there's a "Batman Devastation Fund" that is hidden in the city's books, and used to pay for the damage caused by fighting supervillains, etc.). Through a pretty contrived sequence of events, Napier becomes the city's hero and a councilman and turns everyone against Batman--even Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing. But when a new group of villains makes an appearance, it might be that Napier/Joker and Batman will have to team up to save the city. As I said, some good ideas. But they depend on so many coincidences. And on long-time friends and allies of Batman suddenly turning their backs on him, on the say-so of a former murderous villain. This could perhaps have been developed into a more believable story, but Murphy doesn't have the chops to do it. That said, his artwork throughout is just beautiful. He draws a mean Batmobile, essentially including every car that's ever made an appearance in a Bat-movie or TV series. His dynamic action scenes aren't always easy to follow, but they're undeniably detailed great to look at. This volume is the first of the "DC Black Label" line, intended for mature readers (shades of Marvel Max), but other than a few four-letter words, there's really very little here that should offend anyone. A sex scene between Jack and Hareley Quinn features very creative use of word balloons, etc., to hide all the good stuff. And the violence is pretty much on-par with any Bat-related title.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Easily the best Batman Story I've ever read. Batman is darkly twisted in this alternate universe. The Joker is not so twisted and everything is.... amazing. This book felt much more grown up, more detailed and dover into darker places than the past Batman books i've read. The illustrations WOW, just fantastic, Matt Hollingsworth is a new favorite. I am on board for this new series, sign me up for book 2.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    The Joker goes (dangerously) sane and poses the very real question, "Is Batman Gotham's greatest villain?" As an Elseworlds tale this was one of the better ones I've read, and as a casual Bat-fan and DC Lore enthusiast I really dug all of the shout outs, nods and Easter Eggs SGM worked in to the text and the art. He particularly seems to have been influenced by Batman The Animated Series, which works for me as I- nostalgically speaking- still see it as a high water mark in the whole Batty Mythos. The Joker goes (dangerously) sane and poses the very real question, "Is Batman Gotham's greatest villain?" As an Elseworlds tale this was one of the better ones I've read, and as a casual Bat-fan and DC Lore enthusiast I really dug all of the shout outs, nods and Easter Eggs SGM worked in to the text and the art. He particularly seems to have been influenced by Batman The Animated Series, which works for me as I- nostalgically speaking- still see it as a high water mark in the whole Batty Mythos. In the end, I didn't think this limited series quite hit the heights of The Long Halloween, but for recent Bat-books it's right up there with the Earth One series in my estimation.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    White Knight plays on the nature of villainy—villains as saviors and saviors as villains—and what it means to maintain one’s humanity in spite of such madness. Probably one of the most fascinating and original Joker stories I’ve ever read, especially because it so richly redeems this typically grimdark character. It’s incredibly illustrated, and detailed at a fanboy-level fanaticism.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    The description of this story led me to believe that this was going to be about Batman being the bad guy and Joker being the good guy. I was really excited about that but, unfortunately, it's not really about that at all. Basically, the Joker becomes a lot less of an asshole, and Batman becomes a lot more of an asshole. Batman is still trying to save the day (and being a major jerk about it), and Joker is still unleashing terror on the city (but he's just so swell now). There are also two Harley The description of this story led me to believe that this was going to be about Batman being the bad guy and Joker being the good guy. I was really excited about that but, unfortunately, it's not really about that at all. Basically, the Joker becomes a lot less of an asshole, and Batman becomes a lot more of an asshole. Batman is still trying to save the day (and being a major jerk about it), and Joker is still unleashing terror on the city (but he's just so swell now). There are also two Harley Quinns now, and one of them is also "Neo Joker". It's not as complicated as it sounds, but it is as contrived as it sounds. The worst part of this story, though, is how it tries to wrap up all of its various plot points and side stories in the last few pages. Despite these complaints, this wasn't terrible. It wasn't the story that I thought I was getting, but it was fine for what it was. The art was also really nice.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    Boring, mediocre and forgettable story, amazing art.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Sean Murphy has been drawing comics for awhile. If there is an example of his exemplary style, it is this book. This was a take on Batman and the Joker that I have never seen before, and that is rare in comics. This story is how the Joker sobers up and through medicine and sheer force of personality, becomes sane again. Not only does he become sane, but he pits himself legally against Batman and the vast money he has invested in Gotham for the damage he does. This money is removed from this fund Sean Murphy has been drawing comics for awhile. If there is an example of his exemplary style, it is this book. This was a take on Batman and the Joker that I have never seen before, and that is rare in comics. This story is how the Joker sobers up and through medicine and sheer force of personality, becomes sane again. Not only does he become sane, but he pits himself legally against Batman and the vast money he has invested in Gotham for the damage he does. This money is removed from this fund and used to create a well armed police force capable of dealing with the super-criminals that Gotham is infested with. The science and the gadgets are given to the cops and they use they with lethal efficiency. Another Joker clone pops up and here is the true threat to Gotham. Joker and the Batman have to team up in a fashion to deal with this new threat and the science of Mr. Freeze that is employed to doom Gotham and her citizens. There is a lot to unpack here and the depth of this story is only equaled by its ambition. The whole Mr. Freeze plot within these pages has a truly interesting and awesome subtext to attach itself to the main story here. This was truly a wonderful story, well written and superbly drawn and inked. There isn't a lot of color here, nor should there be. You gotta read this one, for sure! Danny

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    4.5! Pretty fantastic internal logic and world building. World: The art is Sean Murphy, that's all you need to say. It's gritty, it's expressive and the art direction is fantastic. I've loved his art for so long and now I get to read something he's written and it's pretty great. The world building here is also absolutely fantastic. It's a mash up of all the best parts of Batman: Animated, TV, Movie, and comics. All the pieces we love are here and mashed together with a backbone of the Animated Se 4.5! Pretty fantastic internal logic and world building. World: The art is Sean Murphy, that's all you need to say. It's gritty, it's expressive and the art direction is fantastic. I've loved his art for so long and now I get to read something he's written and it's pretty great. The world building here is also absolutely fantastic. It's a mash up of all the best parts of Batman: Animated, TV, Movie, and comics. All the pieces we love are here and mashed together with a backbone of the Animated Series makes this a wonderful starting point for the world. But that's what we get at first, a start, and then Murphy flexes his Elseworlds muscle and makes an absolutely internally consistent and unique world, just read it. Story: Paced wonderfully well, and written by someone with a sure and steady hand. This world and story works cause it's 1) internally consistent and 2) because it's a character story. At the core of the story is Joker and Batman and Harley (she's the star here), their personalities start off at a place readers will be familiar with and then Murphy brings his character spins in a consistent and logical way and makes something I've not read before...well I've read good Joker bad Batman stories before but not written at this level of quality, this is cinematic and deserves to be adapted, it's that good. This is the story that the Joker Origin story should not, not that crap I keep hearing but this...this goes so deep into the relationship between him and Bats it's the deepest dive I've read since Snyder's run and also Killing Joke. The core as I keep saying is about them and the people around them and it's fantastic. I don't want to say anymore, just read it. It's really really well done. There are some stretches in here but it fits in the internal world logic so it's still pretty good. Characters: Wow, this is a tour de force for Murphy. I've read his other works but wow this is insane. The deep dive we get with essentially the Batman Animated Series characters is insane. It's thought provoking and like any great Joker and Batman story you can't turn away. I won't go into the character details cause that's the heart of the story, the characters, the women in this book are phenomenal, it's absolutely amazing. I love this mini series and hearing that DC are now calling this the Murphyverse makes my heart soar! Give me more! Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  19. 5 out of 5

    সাদমান হুসাইন

    সিমপলি লাভড ইট! সো বেসিকযালি জোকার একটা একসপেরিমেনটাল মেডিসিন নিয়ে ভালো হয়ে যায়, জযাক নযাপিয়ার আইডেনটিটিতে ফেরত আসে - যে জোকারের পিছনের আসল মানুষটা। বাই দয ওয়ে, অলটারনেট ইউনিভারসের কাহিনী এটা, মেইন কনটিনিউয়িটি না। এইখানে বযাটমযান বেশ বরুটাল, গোয়িং অফ দা হিঞজেস আরকি। সেই বযাটমযানকে তাই নতুন ভালো হয়ে যাওয়া জযাক নযাপিয়ার ভিলিফাই করতে পারে বেশ সহজে। সে যাই হোক। ইনটারেসটিং পরিমাইজ, আরো ইনটারেসটিং টুইসট এনড টারনস। পুরা গোথাম বযাটমযানের বিরুদধে আর জোকারের সাইডে দেখতে ভালোই ইউনিক লাগছিলো, লাসটের শো-ডাউনটাও সিমপ্লি লাভড ইট! সো বেসিক্যালি জোকার একটা এক্সপেরিমেন্টাল মেডিসিন নিয়ে ভালো হয়ে যায়, জ্যাক ন্যাপিয়ার আইডেন্টিটিতে ফেরত আসে - যে জোকারের পিছনের আসল মানুষটা। বাই দ্য ওয়ে, অল্টারনেট ইউনিভার্সের কাহিনী এটা, মেইন কন্টিনিউয়িটি না। এইখানে ব্যাটম্যান বেশ ব্রুটাল, গোয়িং অফ দা হিঞ্জেস আরকি। সেই ব্যাটম্যানকে তাই নতুন ভালো হয়ে যাওয়া জ্যাক ন্যাপিয়ার ভিলিফাই করতে পারে বেশ সহজে। সে যাই হোক। ইন্টারেস্টিং প্রিমাইজ, আরো ইন্টারেস্টিং টুইস্ট এন্ড টার্নস। পুরা গোথাম ব্যাটম্যানের বিরুদ্ধে আর জোকারের সাইডে দেখতে ভালোই ইউনিক লাগছিলো, লাস্টের শো-ডাউনটাও তাই বেশ ভালো লাগসে। টুইস্টটা ইউনিক ছিলো - আর ১০টা কমিকের মত প্রেডিক্টেবল কিছু না, আর স্টেকস বাড়াতে বাড়াতে গোজামিল দিয়েও ফেলে নাই শেষে। ভালো এন্ডিং। আর্ট স্টাইল শুরুতে বেশ ভালো লাগলেও লাস্টের দুই ইস্যু কেমন জানি তাড়াহুড়া করে একটানে আকা মনে হচ্ছে। জিনিসটা স্যাড। তবে, ব্যাটফ্যান হইলে মিস করা উচিত হবে না কমিকটা। হ্যাপি রিডিং!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    This is a book I thought lived up to the positive hype. What if the Joker became sane and was determined to show Batman he could make Gotham safer better than Batman does working within the system? What tools would he use to go after Batman as a sane citizen? I enjoyed the art and the story. There is a rumor there will be more story following this one and if so, I'm in.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, a superhero which more than perhaps any other has been re-interpreted over the decades by various creators of comics and other media who wish to put their own spin on the Caped Crusader. One of the more interesting approaches is how Batman is not a hero and his vigilantism can do more harm than good for the people of Gotham, as explored by writers such as Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello. Published under DC’s Black Label imprint, writer/artist Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, a superhero which more than perhaps any other has been re-interpreted over the decades by various creators of comics and other media who wish to put their own spin on the Caped Crusader. One of the more interesting approaches is how Batman is not a hero and his vigilantism can do more harm than good for the people of Gotham, as explored by writers such as Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello. Published under DC’s Black Label imprint, writer/artist Sean Murphy tells his own Batman story about the repercussions of the Dark Knight. Please click here for my full review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Batman: White Knight is a novel that tests the relationship between Batman and his city, but more importantly, Batman and his arch-enemy. While this thread is solid, there are some side plots that branch away and never seem to be concluded. Yet, the dialogue, varied cast of characters, and a churning central conflict make this one a safe bet. Recommended. Full review can be found here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/10/09/ba... All my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    Boy am I glad this isn't in continuity! Ok, positives first: The art is truly incredible. It's gritty, harsh and imperfect, suiting Gotham and Arkham wonderfully and resulting in one of the best versions of each I've ever seen (You know how the Neo-Tokyo skyline stands out in Akira? Kinda like that). Some of his characters look equally amazing, especially Victor Fries and the Fries tech, the Gordons (Commish and Batgirl), Bane, Harley, and even Mista J (though the multicolored eyes throw me off e Boy am I glad this isn't in continuity! Ok, positives first: The art is truly incredible. It's gritty, harsh and imperfect, suiting Gotham and Arkham wonderfully and resulting in one of the best versions of each I've ever seen (You know how the Neo-Tokyo skyline stands out in Akira? Kinda like that). Some of his characters look equally amazing, especially Victor Fries and the Fries tech, the Gordons (Commish and Batgirl), Bane, Harley, and even Mista J (though the multicolored eyes throw me off every time). And one particular panel with Jason Todd... my god. It's beautiful, tragic and just perfectly effective). I could read 100 Batman graphic novels drawn by Murphy and it wouldn't get old. His style just brings Gotham to life. And for the other major plus: Holy nostalgia fix, Batman! It's like Murphy watched the 1960s Batman, Burton Batman, Batman The Animated Series, the Dark Knight trilogy, etc. and said, "If I ever get my own Batman book, I'm drawing ALL OF IT!" And it's wonderful. Even a few winks appear in the writing (Harley references an episode from BTAS in a conversation with Batman). Each one of these Easter eggs gave me goosebumps and felt like little reward nuggets for all the Batman I've consumed over the years. The writing flows well and lends itself to being binged. The story itself? It's fine and pretty unique, which is hard to do with an 80-year-old character. So why three stars? Well... almost everyone was distractingly out of character. Batman in particular. Bruce felt like the mutant offspring of murderous Batfleck and All-Star "Are you retarded or something? I'm the goddamn Batman!" Batman. There are limitless examples in the first few issues, but I don't want to tread into spoiler territory. Honestly, I kinda can't get over it, and it will prevent me from ever loving this book. But wait... there's more! Nightwing and Jason Todd, like, SERIOUSLY hate Bruce and that bugged me. Commissioner Gordon felt off until late. But the biggest leap this book takes is that Gotham and its citizens would ever side with the Joker. Making it worse: it's ludicrous how fast and how hard the city turns away from Batman into the loving, 'just-forget-I'm-a-demented-serial-killer' arms of Jack Napier. Will I read this a third time? Probably, but I'll continue to have mixed feelings. Will I flip through it to look at the beautiful art? In the words of Tom King's Kite Man: "Hell yeah." 3.5 out of 5 (art - 5/5, fun factor - 4/5, story - 2.5/5, characterization - 1/5)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cristian

    Very, very good. 3.5 Story, 5.0 art. Really close to excellent, but while weaving all the interesting subplots into one grand finale surprisingly did work out in the end, it still lacked a clear emotional focus and therefore fell a bit flat. Still one of the most beautiful books of the year and for sure one of the best contemporary Batman-tales one can read. Murphy's hyperdetailed and extremely energetic artwork will look delicious in oversize edition! An "uncensored"/mature readers version was Very, very good. 3.5 Story, 5.0 art. Really close to excellent, but while weaving all the interesting subplots into one grand finale surprisingly did work out in the end, it still lacked a clear emotional focus and therefore fell a bit flat. Still one of the most beautiful books of the year and for sure one of the best contemporary Batman-tales one can read. Murphy's hyperdetailed and extremely energetic artwork will look delicious in oversize edition! An "uncensored"/mature readers version was also announced by him for next year

  25. 4 out of 5

    Primo S.

    Despite the very interesting premise, I didn't expect this to be this good. It has some glaring flaws (boring parts of dialogues, some very on the nose political commentary), but other than that, I'm really liked it. The relationship between Batman and Joker reminded me of Lego Batman, but it was deconstructed in such a mature way, highlighting the aspects of these characters in a way that hasn't been done before. Also, the art is absolutely beautiful so that's always a plus.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    [mild spoilers ahead] Consider me blown away. Murphy has a firm grasp on the classic characterizations of the players in this story and manages to present an alternate reality that pushes the envelope on a few of those characters but seems fully in line with their personalities. There is so much I love about this story. It's dark and somewhat gritty but ultimately hopeful. It shows how Batman could back away from that edge of insanity he's always riding by being willing to accept help when he rea [mild spoilers ahead] Consider me blown away. Murphy has a firm grasp on the classic characterizations of the players in this story and manages to present an alternate reality that pushes the envelope on a few of those characters but seems fully in line with their personalities. There is so much I love about this story. It's dark and somewhat gritty but ultimately hopeful. It shows how Batman could back away from that edge of insanity he's always riding by being willing to accept help when he really needs it. It shows how mental illness can completely obscure the good that is (I believe) in each of us. It shows women (Harley and Batgirl, primarily) being smarter and more adaptable problem solvers than the men. It addresses the travesty of Harley Quinn's new and far less awesome look by attributing it to a completely different Harley (brilliant) and calls it out for being a step backwards in how her character is portrayed in the comics. And THEN Murphy even redeems that Harley by showing her to be an intelligent and capable criminal in her own right. I have to be honest with you, I want this Bat-world to be canon from now on. This has become, hands down, one of my favorite Batman stories.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

    Actually, I really enjoyed this one! The start was rather slow but maybe I just wasn't in the mood of a Batman comic, but the last 5 issues I read in a day and it was a lot of fun! It's been a while since I read a Batman comic because I just wasn't enjoying them anymore, but this one was a bit crazy since the Bat was really violent and not listening to everyone and the Joker was playing the good guy in front of everyone else! I quite enjoyed how the comic emphasized Batman's flaws and I really re Actually, I really enjoyed this one! The start was rather slow but maybe I just wasn't in the mood of a Batman comic, but the last 5 issues I read in a day and it was a lot of fun! It's been a while since I read a Batman comic because I just wasn't enjoying them anymore, but this one was a bit crazy since the Bat was really violent and not listening to everyone and the Joker was playing the good guy in front of everyone else! I quite enjoyed how the comic emphasized Batman's flaws and I really really liked the conclusion of the comic, but that's because I am sucker for such things, you know? Anyway, the art is fantastic too! It's gritty and gloomy just like one would expect, but it feels alive as well - the movement is spectacular. It goes hand in hand with the atmosphere of the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    Wow, this was incredible. I have to start with the art because it's phenomenal and it directs the mood of the story and gives it a very strong vibe. I can't imagine what it would have been like with a different art style. It's interesting getting to see a different side of both Batman and Joker and what happens when Batman loses touch with his ideals and becomes distant, violent and vulnerable and when Joker leverages all of that and connects with his good sided persona Jack Napier and tries to b Wow, this was incredible. I have to start with the art because it's phenomenal and it directs the mood of the story and gives it a very strong vibe. I can't imagine what it would have been like with a different art style. It's interesting getting to see a different side of both Batman and Joker and what happens when Batman loses touch with his ideals and becomes distant, violent and vulnerable and when Joker leverages all of that and connects with his good sided persona Jack Napier and tries to be the hero and a better lover to Harley Quinn. The story line was gripping and I enjoyed everything about it. Spolier: the only thing I found a bit meh in the story was how people were quick to forgive Jack Napier for being the Joker and were quick to turn on Batman. I found it a little unbelievable.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matty J

    Sean Gordon Murphy is my favorite comic artist so I'm probably biased but I thought this was really great. I had a little problem signing onto some of the character's motivations early in the story but I think their were nicely filled in and made sense by the end. The art of course is amazing, everything looks great but as usual I found Murphy's vehicles to be especially interesting along with his take on Killer Croc. The only minor issue I had was that there are a lot of allusions to the greate Sean Gordon Murphy is my favorite comic artist so I'm probably biased but I thought this was really great. I had a little problem signing onto some of the character's motivations early in the story but I think their were nicely filled in and made sense by the end. The art of course is amazing, everything looks great but as usual I found Murphy's vehicles to be especially interesting along with his take on Killer Croc. The only minor issue I had was that there are a lot of allusions to the greater Bat-verse (movies, cartoons, etc.), some of which I found a bit much. Overall this is a really interesting story, about characters that have wouldn't seem to have too many interesting stories left in the tank, drawn and constructed phenomenally.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    Thank you to Netgalley for the free e-copy. Easily the best Batman story I've read in a while.

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