Considering the character's prestige as a pop culture icon, a good Batman story must simultaneously reaffirm its established mythos while offering a new take, and Sean Murphy does both. By recasting the Joker as a rehabilitated seeker of redemption and Batman as an unpredictable source of fear, Batman: White Knight pulls it off, joining the club of classic Batman stories that include Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Jeph Loeb's Hush.
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The impossible has happened: The Joker has become a ... hero?
Batman: White Knight follows the man now known as Jack Napier as he embarks on a quest to heal the city he once terrorized. After reconciling with his long-suffering partner, Harley Quinn, he sets in motion a carefully plotted campaign to discredit the one person whom he views as Gotham City's true enemy: Batman.
His crusade exposes a decades-long history of corruption within the Gotham City Police Department and transforms Napier into a city councilman and civic hero. But when the sins of his past return to threaten everything that he has accomplished, the distinctions between savior and destroyer begin to break down for both The Joker and Batman alike--and with them any hope for Gotham's future.
Writer and artist Sean Murphy delivers an extraordinary examination of comics' greatest antagonists in Batman: White Knight, exploring justice, corruption, activism and the darkest depths of mental illness. Collecting the acclaimed eight-issue miniseries, this stunning graphic novel also marks the debut of the DC Black Label imprint, which features classic DC characters in all-new, standalone stories written and illustrated by world-class authors and artists.
About the Author
After breaking into the industry at a young age, Sean Murphy made a name for himself in the world of indie comics before joining up with DC. In his tenure, he has worked on such titles as Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans, Hellblazer, Joe the Barbarian, and the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest. Sean also wrote and illustrated the original graphic novel Off Road, as well as his popular miniseries, Punk Rock Jesus, and was the artist on the critically acclaimed Vertigo miniseries The Wake with Scott Snyder.
"Unlike anything we've seen before." —Nerdist
"Cinematic and graphic." —A.V. Club
"Murphy was truly born to draw Batman." —IGN
“Batman: White Knight asks us to step back and take stock of the long-term impacts that Batman's activity has had on Gotham City.” —Kotaku
“A breakout hit.” —SyFy Wire
"Batman: White Knight is an entertaining and insightful graphic novel that stands perfectly alongside other classic Batman stories. It will be one that is studied for years to come." —Culturefly
"Though emotions are coiled tight throughout much of the tale, Murphy does a brilliant job of balancing action and emotion in a gonzo climax."—Booklist, starred review
"This newest take on the Dark Knight will please Batman's legion fans with its innovative and intelligent twists." —Publisher's Weekly
"Batman: White Knight written and drawn by Sean Murphy is nothing less than extraordinary." —Fresh Fiction
"Murphy’s plot is multifaceted but easy to follow, his artwork is never less than gorgeous, and the depth of the world is utterly astounding.... White Knight crams in thought-provoking themes, shocks aplenty, Easter Eggs at every turn, and more familiar faces than you could shake a Batarang at."—Den of Geek