Batman: White Knight #1 Review

Written by: Sean Murphy

Art by: Sean Murphy

Published by: DC Comics

Batman: White Knight is starting off as one of the most interesting stories in the vein of Elseworlds!

Has anyone asked themselves: what if Joker and Batman switched places?

Sean Murphy brings us a Batman with 1980’s animated show characters but set in a very noir version of Gotham City. Much like Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan were able to do with Bane: Conquest, Sean Murphy seems to have gotten free reign to explore a different side of Gotham and its citizens outside of the current DC timeline.

The best part about this story is how real it feels. Everything that happens in this first issue is not that far-fetched when one talks Batman mythos. Batman is on a path of self destruction, and not even Batgirl and Nightwing can stop him. That helplessness is detailed everywhere, especially when Nightwing tries to tell Batgirl to stop Batman from driving across the rooftops and causing collateral damage and endangering innocent lives. That alone is one of the most powerful moments of this book–it’s also not as silly as it sounds in context.

Sean Murphy brings his visual flair, which as I mentioned, gives this book a very Noir feel that fits the narrative. Some of the best parts are the fact that Batman is shown as vulnerable human being that does not know how to deal with a barrage of tragedies happening across Gotham.

The Joker’s goading is top notch as well, as he knows how to play on Batman’s weaknesses and exploit them. There are some moments where Joker is even calling Batman his love interest, which only serves to incite Batman further; however seeing it from Joker’s twisted perspective lends real credence to the taunts.

The final reveal also works to show the Joker in a brand new light, and it adds to the question of what this miniseries truly has to offer.

If you are a fan of Batman stories, you will enjoy this unique take on the character and world. But even if you don’t like Batman, there are enough differences that you might find something you will like, even if it is only a twisted desire to see the Dark Knight in an insane situation. This book comes recommended.