Batman
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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TitleBatman
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 14th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Batman, Fiction

Batman Review

  • Alejandro
    January 1, 1970
    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 MurphyColorist: Matt HollingsworthLetterer: 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 MurphyColorist: Matt HollingsworthLetterer: 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?
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Tiago
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Marco
    January 1, 1970
    Boring, mediocre and forgettable story, amazing art.
  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    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*
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  • সাদমান হুসাইন
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Andreea
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Basma
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rory Wilding
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Cristian
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Todd Glaeser
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for the free e-copy. Easily the best Batman story I've read in a while.
  • Primo S.
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kelly W.
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a huge fan of Murphy’s artwork, so I’ve been eagerly waiting for this trade to come out for months. This story had a lot of the things I love about Batman comics: moral conundrums, a found family, over-the-top villains. It also had a lot of heart, so I wasn’t just reading a dark, gritty story; more than once, I was touched by the interactions between characters and was reminded why the Bat Family is one of my favorites in comics. The way the narrative itself was handled reminded me a lot of I’m a huge fan of Murphy’s artwork, so I’ve been eagerly waiting for this trade to come out for months. This story had a lot of the things I love about Batman comics: moral conundrums, a found family, over-the-top villains. It also had a lot of heart, so I wasn’t just reading a dark, gritty story; more than once, I was touched by the interactions between characters and was reminded why the Bat Family is one of my favorites in comics. The way the narrative itself was handled reminded me a lot of Batman: The Telltale Series in that it took Bruce Wayne and the Joker to places that collided with “canon” but to great effect.Things I Liked1. Art: As I said above, I love Murphy’s art. His work is very stylized, which is delightful in itself, but he is also very good at capturing motion and facial expressions. I also really love pages where there are a lot of details: Joker’s cell, for example, is covered in Batman memorabilia, and the detail put into these scenes blew me away.2. Harley Quinn: I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed Murphy’s portrayal of Harley Quinn. In this story, the original Harley leaves Joker, only to be replaced by someone else who is more indulgent of Joker’s violence. When Jack goes to reconcile with the original Harley, Murphy really takes the time to delve into her character: he reminds the reader that she is a medical genius; that deep down, she’s a good person; and that she has made mistakes that she realizes are truly unforgivable. I really loved this complex look at Harley, and every character interaction with her was a delight to read.3. Complexity: Murphy’s story does an excellent job of putting Batman in a spot that might cause readers some discomfort. Realism or believability isn’t really the point, I don’t think. This comic is less interested in unfolding a “realistic” story than it is thinking through ideas. It forces us to acknowledge that Batman’s methods are, indeed, a strain on taxpayers (he damages so much property), and that Bruce has a tendency to snap and become more villainous than heroic. The comic doesn’t completely destroy Batman as a character - I still walked away loving Bruce Wayne. But it did set up an overarching narrative where the resolution was deeply satisfying on an emotional level - it wasn’t just punching the bad guy and throwing him in jail and calling it a day. Batman comes out on top, but does so in a way that isn’t rooted in him being the bigger badass, which I honestly prefer in my comics.4. Bat Family: I loved that Dick Grayson went head-to-head with Bruce in some scenes, and that Barbara was a balancing force that highlighted how similar and alike the two are. I also loved Alfred’s letter to Bruce at the end, and that a major aspect of the story was Bruce realizing how valuable his family was.Things I Didn’t Like1. Undeveloped Ideas: This comic had a limited run, so I completely understand that there isn’t the space or time to do everything. I would, however, have liked a bit more setup at the beginning to show where Bruce was at mentally and emotionally (maybe working in the Jason Todd stuff earlier?), or some more exploration of the relationship between Gotham and Backport. I know Murphy has previously expressed his dislike for putting heavy-handed politics in his work, but in this case, more political setup may have helped explain how Backport was so quick to turn on Batman or join up with Jack.Recommendations: I would recommend this book if you’re interested in Joker stories (especially “what if” ones), Batman/Bruce Wayne, Harley Quinn, and the relationship between Batman and the Joker.
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  • Adam Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    There are many excellent comics.There are many excellent Batman stories.Then there are some Batman stories (Death of the Family, Killing Joke, Hush, etc) that should be required reading for any Batman fan.THIS IS ONE OF THEM.I'll not spoil much, but merely provide some background. White Knight is not part of the main Batman continuity, and is instead part of DC Black Label, which is a fancy way of saying "DC comic, but able to do a bunch of crazy stuff that doesn't affect the main universe AND b There are many excellent comics.There are many excellent Batman stories.Then there are some Batman stories (Death of the Family, Killing Joke, Hush, etc) that should be required reading for any Batman fan.THIS IS ONE OF THEM.I'll not spoil much, but merely provide some background. White Knight is not part of the main Batman continuity, and is instead part of DC Black Label, which is a fancy way of saying "DC comic, but able to do a bunch of crazy stuff that doesn't affect the main universe AND being able to use adult language AND (almost) nudity". Here, it provides a way for Batman to truly be the DARK Knight.The premise is this: Joker (here real name is Jack Napier) takes a bunch of pills and becomes sane and rational, giving up his life of crime, trying to clean up his act and the city of Gotham. He's decided that the real enemy of Gotham is Batman, and some of the people agree with him.Is he really reformed?Have we been looking at Batman as the hero wrongly this whole time?Surprises, twists, and straight-out shocking turns make this story EPIC and OUTSTANDING.READ THIS STORY.High Recommend.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting take on the Batman/Joker dynamic. Excellent art and an engaging storyline, plus character development that makes a whole lot of sense in this AU. I just wish there had been more dissection of mental illness, especially with Harley being such a major character. However, the lines between hero and anti-hero, and anti-hero and villain are worth exploring in a storyline of their own, and Murphy does it well.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Batman: White Knight is an interesting alternative universe examination of Batman and Joker's relationship. Joker's newfound rational behavior, the plea of SJWs, and a Batman that becomes unhinged was worth the read. I did have a few issues with some parts, but I can see why the images or commentary was included. If you like alternative Batman stories, I would say you may want to give this one a read. I also enjoyed most of the art and color. I received an electronic ARC from NetGalley and the P Batman: White Knight is an interesting alternative universe examination of Batman and Joker's relationship. Joker's newfound rational behavior, the plea of SJWs, and a Batman that becomes unhinged was worth the read. I did have a few issues with some parts, but I can see why the images or commentary was included. If you like alternative Batman stories, I would say you may want to give this one a read. I also enjoyed most of the art and color. I received an electronic ARC from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andre Simonsen
    January 1, 1970
    De vez em quando, você encontra uma história que realmente entende a mitologia por trás de um personagem e como fazer críticas que ele precisa receber e superar para poder progredir e continuar atual. Esta é uma delas. É um “clássico instantâneo” e daqui algumas décadas ainda estaremos ouvindo falar sobre o que foi feito aqui. 10/10
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  • Mohamed
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 8-issue series that has a lot of fun exploring what would happen when Batman takes his ideals too far, only to find a reformed, cured Joker that takes advantage of his mistakes. Gorgeous art and snappy dialogue made me rush through this series. I think I'll read anything with Matt Hollingsworth's art in it from now on.
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  • Jamie Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    Well done. It’s seems a bit like the joker and batman have switched roles and it’s done well. If your into “not your usual batman stories” than this will be up your alley. I find them to be the best of what batman has to offer. 4 stars.
  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks, I hate it.An inanely written story with pointless twists and turns that's just too cumbersome and too basic to work. "Oh, but what if Batman is the REAL villain?". Well, oh, but what if you actually considered laying some groundwork for that instead of just randomly showing Wayne being a dick to everybody? It's no secret that Bats is treated by pretty much half of the writers as a deranged vigilante but Murphy, in all his childish glee, just can't resist taking it up a notch and trying t Thanks, I hate it.An inanely written story with pointless twists and turns that's just too cumbersome and too basic to work. "Oh, but what if Batman is the REAL villain?". Well, oh, but what if you actually considered laying some groundwork for that instead of just randomly showing Wayne being a dick to everybody? It's no secret that Bats is treated by pretty much half of the writers as a deranged vigilante but Murphy, in all his childish glee, just can't resist taking it up a notch and trying to appeal to modern politics in a misguided take on the Batman/Joker dichotomy. I genuinely hope to never read another book by him.
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  • John H
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty good. I particularly enjoyed the tie-ins to some current political topics, the hot rods, and the multiple Batmobiles. Not so sure about the 2 Harleys thing, though. The art is pretty great.
  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    Po dlouhy dobe Batman, kterej neni uplne debilni. Prijemna “elseworld” story s paradni kresbou a spoustou narazek na klasicky pribehy.
  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Max Urai
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent Batman book with some very novel takes on some of the characters, although some things, like th Jason Todd line, are really only there for people deeply in with this whole mythos (I thought I was, but nope)
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Always did love batman
  • Obi Juan
    January 1, 1970
    Probablemente nunca me canse de leer las historias de los mundos alternativos, sean o no dentro de la continuidad. Se transformen en canon con el paso de los años, o no; para mí lo interesante es ver a tu personaje preferido y su entorno, completamente deconstruído. Es mejor ver una historia alternativa de Batman en la que sus padres no mueren, a un reboot oficial donde se modifique el origen del personaje. Esto (que no forma parte del plot de esta historia), no implica que la misma sea buena, p Probablemente nunca me canse de leer las historias de los mundos alternativos, sean o no dentro de la continuidad. Se transformen en canon con el paso de los años, o no; para mí lo interesante es ver a tu personaje preferido y su entorno, completamente deconstruído. Es mejor ver una historia alternativa de Batman en la que sus padres no mueren, a un reboot oficial donde se modifique el origen del personaje. Esto (que no forma parte del plot de esta historia), no implica que la misma sea buena, pero al menos, si no los es, el daño es controlado. En esta historia, no hay manera de controlar el daño. Es como un gran e inesperado tsunami de despropósitos argumentales. Aquí nada de lo que se nos cuenta acerca del Caballero Oscuro es nuevo. De hecho, ha sido contado mil veces y forma parte de la razón por la que Batman existe, y su peculiar modo de operar. Sin ir más lejos, está tratándose este tema en el arco argumental actual (2018), en Batman y Detective Comics (en relación con su boda- o no- con Catwoman). Así pues, un futuro donde Batman se cuestiona a sí mismo y sus métodos, sus aliados se vuelven en su contra, sus side-kicks históricos caen como moscas o lo traicionan, y sus enemigos se alían para aprovechar que está en horas bajas (con el consecuente giro de guión que pretende ser inesperado pero es bastante obvio) no tiene ese soplo de aire fresco que cabría esperar. Ya pasó algo similar en la saga Knightfall en los '90s cuando Bane lo dejó paralítico. Como si ese recuento número mil millones de una situación recurrente y recurrida no fuese suficiente, está el tema del Joker. Los demás personajes hablan y actúan de manera predecible teniendo en cuenta quienes son (otra oportunidad de guión completamente desaprovechada), pero Joker está completamente perjudicado por este rediseño, quitándole todo aquello que lo hace ser el Joker, incluso esas motivaciones que ponemos intuir, después de 80 años de historia, o sospechar. El Joker tiene un aire a Dos Caras, que no funciona (al menos de la manera en que está resuelto), ni siquiera con la explicación sobre por qué le pasa lo que le pasa. Una pena. Joker, Batman y los lectores, nos merecemos un poco más de esfuerzo a la hora de hacernos gastar nuestros duros en una historia.
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