Wednesday, May 9, 2018

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #8 by Sean Murphy - Book Review

From the publisher: In the extra-sized finale of Sean Murphy’s top-selling miniseries, Jack Napier’s suspicious seduction of Gotham City comes to its twisted conclusion! With the city on the verge of becoming an icy tomb for the GTO, Batgirl makes a crucial assist and Gordon is forced to reevaluate his judgment of Batman to secure the greater good. As the true Joker’s return becomes imminent, Harley seeks vengeance and reckons with the bleak future that looms for her loved ones.

Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight series has been an interesting and unique take on Batman and Joker. Issue #8 wraps up the series in fine fashion, bringing the main storyline to a close, but leaving just a few side threads undone for possible sequels.

As Batman and Jack Napier/Joker lead the rest of the heroes and GTO group against Neo Joker and her gang, things hit the boiling point. Batman is determined to save Gotham and Neo Joker is determined to force the Joker to surface from Jack's subconscious. When he does, havoc breaks loose. Plans fall apart and some sacrifices are necessary in order to reverse the deep freeze Gotham is under and to catch Neo Joker.

I've enjoyed Murphy's characterization in this series. He does a nice job taking familiar characters and putting a unique spin on them, and adding layers and depth. Seeing Joker in his Jack Napier persona was pretty cool, and he actually became a sympathetic character. Harley Quinn was also well developed. Rather than portray her as a crazy support character or even like the more mainstream version popular now, Murphy focuses on Harley's love for Jack Napier and her intelligence. There were also some interesting character beats for Bruce Wayne, and I'm interested in seeing if/how Murphy moves his story forward in the future.

Overall, I highly recommend Batman: White Knight #8 by Sean Murphy. It's a great ending to a series that I would also give a high recommendation to. Batman fans should definitely check this series out, and it would appeal to readers who are looking for something outside the current DC continuity.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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