Batman : white knight / Sean Murphy, writer and artist ; Matt Hollingsworth, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth, cover art and original series covers.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "The impossible has happened: the Joker has become ... sane. Now calling himself Gotham's newest protector, the Joker now spearheads a task force to take down the dangerous masked vigilante known as Batman. Visionary creator Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, American Vampire) unveils his radical take on the greatest rivalry in comics in Batman: White Knight! After years of epic battles, the Dark Knight finally finds a way to cure the twisted mind of his archenemy. The Clown Prince of Crime has now changed his ways, fighting for good in Gotham City, and it may just cause Batman to go over the edge of his own sanity. Writer/artist Sean Murphy takes the helm of this Batman/Joker story like no one else could, delivering an alternative examination of the relationship between the greatest rivals in the DC Universe, exploring the darkest corners of justice and madness."-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      "Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger."
      "Originally published in single magazine form in BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT 1-8."
    • ISBN:
      9781401279592
      1401279597
    • Accession Number:
      2018042326
    • Accession Number:
      on1051777015
      1051777015
    • Accession Number:
      fay.596564

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2

*Starred Review* The first collection from DC's edgy Black Label imprint (think Watchmen and The Killing Joke) takes comics' most well-established rivalry and, with a few tiny tweaks, invites an entirely new perspective. Experimental drugs drive the Joker sane, and he reverts to the civic-minded Jack Napier. Launching a campaign to reveal Batman's inherent brutality and the police department's culpability in condoning him, Napier turns everyone, former sidekicks included, against a Dark Knight who may actually deserve his lumps. It seems that Murphy has bleakly boiled modern civilization's choices down to two figures: the merciless, autocratic Batman and the progressive but ultimately corrupt Napier. But, luckily, the deck is stacked. Napier, Batman, the Wayne family, and Gotham City itself yield secrets suggesting that, while darkness hides what's worst in us, it can also hide what's best. Though emotions are coiled tight throughout much of the tale, Murphy does a brilliant job of balancing action and emotion in a gonzo climax. He renders something genuinely touching about the Joker-Harley Quinn relationship and, in the end, offers Batman as not a damaged child but a struggling parent. Murphy haunts his shadows with unexpected silhouettes and Napier's face with a maniacally flexible mouth. His razor-keen linework imbues figures with a sense of danger, and his weary industrial cityscape completes the grim picture. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 September #4

This provocative thriller set in the world of Batman poses the question: what if the criminally insane Joker could be cured? Thanks to a plot-handy new medication, he's reborn and rehabilitated as civilian Jack Napier. In turn, Batman becomes increasingly brutal, turning Gotham City and Commissioner Gordon against him. Treating the long-running Batman/Joker dichotomy as two sides of the same coin is hardly a new trope for the 75-year-old property, but Murphy (Batman/Scarecrow) cunningly depicts a sympathetic Napier and a supportive, nurturing Harley Quinn. The accompanying art is reminiscent of that of Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), especially in character designs, and depicts quiet moments of discussion as strongly as the many explosive action sequences. Hollingsworth's coloring brings chromatic richness and depth to Gotham City. This is the first offering in DC's Black Label imprint featuring mature, standalone stories set in its superhero universe, and it proves an affecting and entertaining kickoff. This newest take on the Dark Knight will please Batman's legion fans with its innovative and intelligent twists. (Oct.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

PW Reviews 2018 September #4

This provocative thriller set in the world of Batman poses the question: what if the criminally insane Joker could be cured? Thanks to a plot-handy new medication, he's reborn and rehabilitated as civilian Jack Napier. In turn, Batman becomes increasingly brutal, turning Gotham City and Commissioner Gordon against him. Treating the long-running Batman/Joker dichotomy as two sides of the same coin is hardly a new trope for the 75-year-old property, but Murphy (Batman/Scarecrow) cunningly depicts a sympathetic Napier and a supportive, nurturing Harley Quinn. The accompanying art is reminiscent of that of Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), especially in character designs, and depicts quiet moments of discussion as strongly as the many explosive action sequences. Hollingsworth's coloring brings chromatic richness and depth to Gotham City. This is the first offering in DC's Black Label imprint featuring mature, standalone stories set in its superhero universe, and it proves an affecting and entertaining kickoff. This newest take on the Dark Knight will please Batman's legion fans with its innovative and intelligent twists. (Oct.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

PW Reviews 2018 September #4

This provocative thriller set in the world of Batman poses the question: what if the criminally insane Joker could be cured? Thanks to a plot-handy new medication, he's reborn and rehabilitated as civilian Jack Napier. In turn, Batman becomes increasingly brutal, turning Gotham City and Commissioner Gordon against him. Treating the long-running Batman/Joker dichotomy as two sides of the same coin is hardly a new trope for the 75-year-old property, but Murphy (Batman/Scarecrow) cunningly depicts a sympathetic Napier and a supportive, nurturing Harley Quinn. The accompanying art is reminiscent of that of Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), especially in character designs, and depicts quiet moments of discussion as strongly as the many explosive action sequences. Hollingsworth's coloring brings chromatic richness and depth to Gotham City. This is the first offering in DC's Black Label imprint featuring mature, standalone stories set in its superhero universe, and it proves an affecting and entertaining kickoff. This newest take on the Dark Knight will please Batman's legion fans with its innovative and intelligent twists. (Oct.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.