Title: Batman: Curse of the White Knight (2019-) #1
Publisher: DC / DC Black Label
Script & Art: Sean Murphy
Published: July 24, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: In this explosive sequel to the critically acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT from writer/artist Sean Murphy, The Joker recruits Azrael to help him expose a shocking secret from the Wayne family’s legacy—and to run Gotham City into the ground! As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from danger, the mystery of his ancestry unravels, dealing a devastating blow to the Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash in this unforgettable chapter of the White Knight saga—and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its core!
“There are demons in these darkened forests–ancient ones that seep from these mountains and rivers and flow through the village at night.”
Serving readers a follow-up to his acclaimed Batman: White Knight series, creator Sean Murphy opens this sequel with a scene from Gotham’s dark and troublesome past. 1685, Edmund Wayne has it out with Lafayette (Laffy) Arkham in Arkham Manor; there’s talk of curses and demons, and before long, one of the two is, presumably, dead… Immediately after, it is modern day, and Joker is planning his return.
Finding a place to start a review is difficult; with great comic books like this one, this challenge is amplified. What stands out most, in this issue, at least, is the cohesion that exists between art and script. Batman: Curse of the White Knight (2019-) #1 is a stunning debut and an impressive display of vision and execution. In writing and illustrating this issue–and this series–Murphy maintains absolute creative control over bringing his story to life, and it shows.
As it often happens, the publisher’s summary gives away a bit too much of the plot, but, still, Batman: Curse of the White Knight (2019-) #1 is worth reading, as it is the subtle detail work, both in Murphy’s writing and artwork, that makes Batman: Curse of the White Knight (2019-) #1 a fascinating read.
The last scene–the last page, really–in Batman: Curse of the White Knight (2019-) #1 is an epic one that not only cements this series as a must-read, but also has the power to send chills down the spines Bat-fans. I’m eager to find out what Sean Murphy has in store for the Dark Knight.
Batman: Curse of the White Knight (2019-) #1 is truly epic; regardless of being a follow-up series to one already acclaimed and adored by fans, Batman: Curse of the White Knight promises nothing short of greatness.