BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT written and drawn by Sean Murphy is
nothing less than extraordinary. When I first heard about
this book, I knew I had to read it because I'm a huge
Joker and Harley Quinn fan. This is one of the best Joker
stories out there. Before this book, GOING SANE by J.M.
Dematteis was my favorite story in which an author wrote
about a possible world in which the Joker "went sane".
For me, Sean Murphy takes a very convincing look at a
Joker who is no longer the Joker and how he got to that
point, and how things go wrong. This is also one of the
most superb and well-written Harley Quinn stories. This
is a must-read for fans of Joker, Harley, and comic fans
who enjoy a little psychological meshugas.
The artwork in BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT mirrors the
storytelling beautifully and captures a wonderful pathos
when it comes to the characters. There lots of thrills,
car chases, and blood spilling galore in BATMAN: WHITE
KNIGHT, but it is also a brilliant character study of
several major characters in the DC Universe. In addition
to the Joker and Harley Quinn, Sean Murphy digs deeper
into characters like Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne. This
is a character-driven story about the madness of a
villain temporarily turning into the hero, and the forces
for good and evil who have a problem with that. Jack
Napier is a man with demons and facing an existential
crisis. I love Sean Murphy's reinterpretation of Harley
Quinn. There are two Harleys in BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT and
they both battle for control of Jack Napier's soul. My
favorite version of Harley wins out and plays the role of
undercover heroine, navigating through all the crazy.
Joker's most constant and intense relationship has always
been with Batman, and Sean Murphy draws intelligent
contrasts and parallels that prove annoying to Batman as
Joker and Jack Napier try to get him to face them. All
characters in this story are fallible -- including Batman
-- but they are multidimensional and fascinating to read
about. Batman is his typical hardass self in this book,
but he is put under a lot of pressure in BATMAN: WHITE
KNIGHT and comes to see his flaws.
BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT is an incredible visual, cerebral,
and emotional tour de force of comic book fabulousness.
If BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT is indicative of the types of
stories that will come out under DC's new Black Label
line, comic book fans will be clamoring for more. I look
forward to reading more stories by Sean Murphy.
From visionary creator Sean Murphy (American Vampire) comes
this new graphic novel featuring a 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
Joker...is now sane. 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. This new graphic novel is
the latest in great stand-alone stories from DC Comics.