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Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy

Batman: White Knight

by Sean Murphy

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"The impossible has happened: the Joker has become... sane. Now calling himself Gotham's newest protector, the Joker now spearheads a task force to take down the dangerous masked vigilante known as Batman. Visionary creator Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, American Vampire) unveils his radical take on the greatest rivalry in comics in Batman: White Knight! After years of epic battles, the Dark Knight finally finds a way to cure the twisted mind of his archenemy. The Clown Prince of Crime has now changed his ways, fighting for good in Gotham City, and it may just cause Batman to go over the edge of his own sanity. Writer/artist Sean Murphy takes the helm of this Batman/Joker story like no one else could, delivering an alternative examination of the relationship between the greatest rivals in the DC Universe, exploring the darkest corners of justice and madness."--… (more)



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This is a perfect standalone Batman story. We're taken to a Gotham where Batman apprehends the Joker once again, but goes to far and assaults him after he's been restrained. These being modern times, Batman is filmed beating the shit out of Joker and force-feeding him pills.

Understandably, this sparks a crisis. The twist is, however, that shortly after this incident the Joker is reformed. This new man, Jack Napier, becomes an advocate for justice in Gotham, declaring that it needs to be out of the hands of masked vigilantes and, it appears, he succeeds at the expense of Batman.

Fantastically plotted, this is one that shouldn't be missed. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 21, 2019 |
I wasn't going to read this but relented due to all the buzz the book is getting. I should have stayed the course, because this is just a few interesting Elseworlds/What If? ideas wrapped up in a whole lot of comic book dreck. And some of the ideas seemed less like inspiration and more like a writer grinding an ax over his own pet peeves about how things are being done wrong by others. Odd, unpleasant, boring.

Murphy's take on Batman seems heavily influenced by Batman: The Animated Series, but his writing and art fall short of that aspiration. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jan 1, 2019 |
An intriguing, somewhat meta-fictional take on Batman that's easy to follow, even for someone like me who is only an occasional dabbler in the Bat-verse. ( )
  BillieBook | Nov 20, 2018 |
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. ( )
  TheYodamom | Nov 10, 2018 |
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Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy is a graphic novel which follows Jack Napier, The Joker, as he sets out on a new crusade. Mr. Murphy is a comic book creator who worked on some major titles, along with smaller publications.

Jack Napier, The Joker, reconciles with Harley Quinn which forgives all his insane indiscretions, to carefully plot a campaign to discredit Batman. Along the way he exposes the corruption within the Gotham City Police Department, which has been entrenched for decades, and emerges a savior of the city.

There are a lot of stories which feature Batman and The Joker, their relationship which relies on one another. A hero which doesn’t want to kill the one person which probably “needs killin’” as they said in the Old West, and a villain that just “wants to see the world burns”.
Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy is another one of those stories – and it’s a good one.

Along with exploring the complex relationship of Batman and The Joker, Mr. Murphy asks many good questions in this graphic novel. The big losers, it seems, are the citizens of Gotham City, but we have no idea who benefits from the long term fight between the hero and the villain.

In this graphic novel, The Joker rebrand himself as the White Knight of Gotham, the man who will shine a light on all the corruption which is dragging down the city to benefit the few. The question one has to ask themselves is if he is truly Jack Napier, or is he The Joker in a mask.

The story has a lot of depth, and the artwork is excellent fitting the mood of the narrative. The writer tests the relationship between Batman and his city creating a real conflict which is engrossing and engaging. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Oct 11, 2018 |
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