Batman: White Knight

Batman: White Knight

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...

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Title:Batman: White Knight
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Batman: White Knight Reviews

  • 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!

  • Alejandro

    Writer & Illustrator: Sean Murphy

    Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

    Letterer: Todd Klein

    Writer & Illustrator: Sean Murphy

    Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

    Letterer: Todd Klein

    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

    , on films, TV and comic books, it was usual, and not all rare, that creative teams were inspired by

    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

    and

    , and while Sean Murphy still keep some elements of

    and even adding newer stuff like

    !

    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.

    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

    like doing it using insidious plans by Jack combined with dark

    secrets from Wayne Family?

    Batman, Jack, Harleen, Marian…

    …who will have the last laugh in this sick game about power over Gotham City?

  • 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.

  • Anne

    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

    could f

    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

    could fix Gotham's problems better than Batman.

    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

    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:

    - then gives a more obvious and, quite frankly,

    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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    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:

    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.

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