Batman: White Knight

Batman: White Knight

by Sean Murphy

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Overview

A Newsweek Best Graphic Novel of the Year

The impossible has happened: The Joker has become a ... hero?


Batman: White Knight follows the man now known as Jack Napier as he embarks on a quest to heal the city he once terrorized. After reconciling with his long-suffering partner, Harley Quinn, he sets in motion a carefully plotted campaign to discredit the one person whom he views as Gotham City's true enemy: Batman.

His crusade exposes a decades-long history of corruption within the Gotham City Police Department and transforms Napier into a city councilman and civic hero. But when the sins of his past return to threaten everything that he has accomplished, the distinctions between savior and destroyer begin to break down for both The Joker and Batman alike—and with them any hope for Gotham's future.

Writer and artist Sean Murphy delivers an extraordinary examination of comics' greatest antagonists in Batman: White Knight, exploring justice, corruption, activism and the darkest depths of mental illness. Collecting the acclaimed eight-issue miniseries, this stunning graphic novel also marks the debut of the DC Black Label imprint, which features classic DC characters in all-new, standalone stories written and illustrated by world-class authors and artists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401279592
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Batman: White Knight (2017-)
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 11,588
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

After breaking into the industry at a young age, Sean Murphy made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC. In his tenure, he has worked on such titles as Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans, Hellblazer, Joe the Barbarian, and the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest. Sean also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road, as well as his popular miniseries, Punk Rock Jesus, and was the artist on the critically acclaimed Vertigo miniseries The Wake with Scott Snyder.

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Batman: White Knight 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I confess I'm never see that coming. Fortunately, Joker will be turn into normal person!
danthebookman71 More than 1 year ago
If this is what DC Black Label has in store, then I'll be reading all of them! Loved Sean Murphy's take on the characters and the world of Batman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel is simply one of the best Batman stories out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The twist was obvious from issue one, but it was still a good story.
OwlishReader More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the unique take on an old feud; I thought that the idea was refreshing and fun to read. I was unable to get on board with this completely due to some faults in the characterization, chronology of events and poorly executed plot points. First of all, it is my understanding that Batgirl at this point in her career should've already been disabled due to the Joker striking her in the spine and rendering her a paraplegic. That event took place before the Joker "killed" Jason Todd, which during this story has already happened. So, if we're keeping up with the chronological order of events, during the time White Knight takes place Barbara should have been in a wheel chair or she should've been using her brainpower to help Batman as the Oracle. Secondly, the characterization of Batman, Batgirl, Night Wing, and Harleen Quinzel are so far off from the characters that we have come to know and love. Batman, Batgirl and Night Wing seemed to have lost all their detective skills and fell easily into Jack Napier's plan. All three of these characters seemed to be watered down versions of the characters we have seen in previous comics. Harleen Quinzel takes such a huge role in this, that it makes me doubt whether she would be capable of being the perpetrator of all these plans. I mostly take issue with the fact that she made the medicine that cures the Joker. She is a psychologist; not a chemist, not a pharmacist and not a mastermind. I don't doubt that she is smart and capable of making a cunning plan, I just doubt that she should be able to execute the plan that takes place in this book. My last gripe with this book is the lack luster execution of some the major plot points. Mainly, Jack Napier's undertaking in Backport. I find it unbelievable that a town of mostly minorities who have been wronged by white politicians and the local police force would be so eager to believe the lies of yet another white politician. I understand that Jack was able to endear himself to the community by building a library there and had the backing of a prominent member of that community, however, this plot point could have been developed more. At no point in this book did I see a single panel dedicated to actually depicting the police brutality that the people of Backport experience or really anything that would really tie this plot point into the rest of the story. I think that this whole plot point was washed out and done very poorly. I am not a fan of how this was done, at all. Another plot point that was very frustrating was the fact that Batman let himself be played by Jack Napier. In my opinion, Batman's skills of deduction would have been enough for him to glean that Jack Napier was purposely trying to make him look bad so that Gotham would turn against him. Batman has solved more difficult mysteries than this, and it's not like Jack Napier's goading was secretive. Jack was very clear in that he wanted Gotham to feel bad for the way Batman and GCPD has treated him and he also wanted to make Batman look like a jerk. Anybody could have seen this coming. What I really enjoyed about the book was the art. There was much attention to detail, especially in the scenes showing Joker's obsession with Batman. The art style of the entire thing was skillfully and beautifully done. The overall basic plot was very interesting and unique. If the execution and some of the smaller detail had been done better I would've loved it. The cons just outweighed the pros
customer2 More than 1 year ago
This comic is horribly written wouldn't recommend getting this at all. It is also pretty boring as well. Some the examples of the bad writing are nightwing turning against batman. The joker easily beats batman in a fight yeah right. Batman is extremely weak and out of character. The joker would never own batman in a fight like he does in this comic. Hopefully not all of the dc black label series will be this badly written. Ad Nightwing would never help the police capture batman. The very bad writing completely ruined the comic.