Review: Batman: White Knight #2

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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Written and Illustrated by: Sean Murphy

Colors by: Matt Hollingsworth

 

Summary

Jack Napier, who was once known as the Joker, finally sees his day in court. He makes a grand speech that wins over many but leaves some skeptical. But despite his sketchy past, he is released and soon begins his crusade to save Gotham from corruption, the GCPD and most of all, Batman.

Bruce Wayne discovers how some people have actually been profiting from the damage that Batman has caused over the years.

After reacquainting himself with Harleen Quinzel, Jack Napier then calls on some old allies as he initiates the second phase of his master plan.

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Positives

This issue starts out swinging. Napier’s speech is so powerful you know immediately which way the judge and jury will go. But more importantly you can see how this case will change everything going forward in Gotham and that Batman’s problems are just beginning. Napier’s compelling speech makes the reader actually question if he is right and if he is actually healed.

There’s a kind of raggedness to Murphy’s illustration style that fits perfectly to the story he is writing. The loose, sketchy style feels very similar to the animators at Disney that created 101 Dalmations.

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Negatives

For this particular issue I can’t say there is a negative. But for the overall mini-series there may be one soon. It’s too early to tell, but near the end there is a hint that perhaps this is a con by the Joker. In which case I think this storyline would lose what makes it stand out. Since they have given Joker the name Jack Napier officially in this title, that means it isn’t canon so Murphy has the freedom to take the story in places he wouldn’t normally be allowed in the official Batman title. And I hope he does. If it spins back around and ends up being a con by the Joker and he is indeed still evil, this could lose its appeal.

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Verdict

This issue was excellent as is the mini-series as a whole. Murphy really spins a thought-provoking story while really digging into an aspect of the Joker we have never seen before.

 

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Cameron Tevis

Hi, I'm Cameron Tevis and I've been a comic book, anime and film fan my entire life. While I like Marvel and anime my true love is DC Comics. My father, who was a fan himself, introduced me at a very young age to the amazing characters in DC (especially Hal Jordan Green Lantern). I think it's a fantastic time to be a comic book fan and I'm happy I get to write about the company that I love so much. Besides being a DC fan, I am a designer and I recently started a comic book series of my own called Event Cycle 6 published through Aporian Comics. I recently wrote and directed a short film "The Misadventures of Harley Quinn". And most importantly I am now a father to my beautiful daughter Arya Jade!