Thursday, July 25, 2019

BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1 by Sean Murphy - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: 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!

I enjoyed Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight. It was an interesting take on the Batman/Joker relationship, and a different view on Joker than I had read before. So naturally, when Batman: Curse of the White Knight was announced, I looked forward to reading it.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight looks to have two stories that will eventually merge: in the present, there is the Joker's plan to take down Batman, and in the past, there is some mysterious goings on with the Arkham and Wayne ancestors. In issue #1, Murphy gives a little look at the mystery of the past, but most of the focus is on Joker (who isn't happy with his Napier personality) and his escape from Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is still dealing with the fallout from the previous series and is looking to go public with his identity. Basically, this issue is an introduction to what exactly is going to be happening.

Murphy's take on Batman is a little grittier than the normal Batman. There are plenty of familiar faces, but they are all just a bit harder edged. This makes Curse of the White Knight a nice change from the main Batman stories. Also, because the series isn't part of the standard continuity, Murphy has the freedom to take the story where he wants, and his characters can act differently than they might have to in the main DC universe. I think this gives Curse of the White Knight more of an ability to surprise and shock the reader, and Murphy did that with White Knight and I expect something similar with this one.

Overall, Batman: Curse of the White Knight by Sean Murphy is a good opening chapter in this sequel series. I'm looking forward to seeing just how he ties the two timelines together. If you enjoyed Batman: White Knight or like different takes on the Caped Crusader, then grab a copy of this book.

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

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