Title: Batman: White Knight (2017-) #1
Words: Sean Murphy
Art: Sean Murphy
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Todd Klein
Publication Date: October 4th, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “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?”
The idea that for once, the Joker is going to be the hero of a story is more than clever, it’s brilliant. Framing Batman as a villain is far from original, but with the Joker—a genius—so intimately involved, I am eager to see the plot of this mini-series unfold.
While Issue #1 of Batman: White Knight is a solid read, the groundwork is just being laid for the rest of the mini-series. Issue #1 feels like the first issue in a series—like a pilot episode—so don’t expect to be blown away…not yet at least. In due time, I am sure that Sean Murphy is going spin the comics world on its head. Don’t worry, we’re getting there.
Saying that Sean Murphy knows his way around a script shouldn’t come as a surprise, and if it does, well, I think that you need to reconsider the next item on your comic book ‘to-read’ list and replace it with Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus. From panel to panel and page to page, Murphy does an excellent job stitching together an exciting script that promises nothing short of greatness.
Sean Murphy’s artwork is stunning. Each and every one of his panels is brimming with great detail. There are two full=page illustrations in this book that left be speechless (you’ll know which ones I’m talking about when you see it). Saying I am impressed is an understatement. Take a look at this book, it’s gorgeous.
The Bottom Line:
As far as I am concerned, any comic book creator that can throw down the gauntlet and illustrate his/her own script is worth a compliment or two. Batman: White Knight #1 is an excellent first issue crafted by one hell of an artist. Hold on to your butts folks, Batman: White Knight is going to be one wild ride.