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Batman: White Knight

(Batman: Limited Series)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 ratings  ·  238 reviews
He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now…

Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First, he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks
Published 2018 by DC Comics
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If this is any indication of what DC's Black Label will be putting out, I'm all in.


Black Label is apparently a mature audience version of the Elseworlds stories, which means this doesn't take place in the regular DC universe. <--so, no harm, no foul.
I like this kind of stuff because writers can screw with the characters and whatnot...without futzing up everyone's day.


The gist is that the Joker takes some anti-crazy pills to prove a point, gets sane, and then sets about proving that he could f
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome story. This is the best comic mini series I have read in a long time. The blurb at the back said that this was

"Unlike anything we've seen before".

For once this is not just hype. This is truly unlike any Batman story I have ever read. Every Batman fan has heard of the Joker and everyone has an option on him. Now I met Jack Napier, and he could be even more dangerous then the Joker.

Removing the Joker' s insanity was one thing the made this comic great, the second ingredient wa
Oh, boy, you are in for a show here!

I bought this in its single comic book issues, and even I did reviews of each one of those, however I thought that it was wise to arrange a review of the whole story, using fragment of the previous individual reviews. This TPB collects “Batman: White Knight” #1-8.

Creative Team:

Writer & Illustrator: Sean Murphy

Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer: Todd Klein


Joker might have been responsible for terrorizing Gotham, but you weren
Sam Quixote
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Joker takes some magic pills and is no longer “crazy”. In his newly sober state, he decides to help Gotham by ridding it of its greatest scourge: Batman!

Oh boy, White Knight is all kinds of hot garbage! I knew Sean Murphy wasn’t a good writer after reading his laughable book Punk Rock Jesus but I thought he might’ve improved after five years – nuh uh! If anything he’s gotten worse.

The only way Murphy can make his feeble story work is by writing everyone out of character. So Batman is sudde
Sean Gibson
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of What If?/alternate universe-type stories. On some level, it feels like cheating to take characters created by others, throw off the shackles of continuity under which most of their creators have to operate, and do whatever you want with them with no repercussions. It’s like if you were an Olympic diver who only needed to pull off a half-assed belly flop (or maybe a no-assed belly flop, because if your belly and ass can hit the water at the same time, methi ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read! This is honestly one of the best Batman stories I've read in a long time and I mean that fully! So the story is set in a alternate universe, where Batman has gone off the rails and has become more violent and careless about his actions, that effect the people of Gotham. Then The Joker takes some magic pills that turns him back into Jack Napier and he becomes a politician, with an anti-batman campaign and slowly turns everyone against The Dark Knight!

This is one of the very few Bat
Jul 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to check this one out for quite a while, but I'll be honest... I couldn't finished it. Look, it is a good looking book, the art is phenomenal, stylish, mature and consistent, but the story makes absolutely no sense, its like an exercise in disbelief, for example, are we suppose to believe that Joker gets pardoned from prison after a life of murder, theft, torture and terrorism just because Batman got a little too rough on him? Bruce Wayne and the rest of the Bat family are completely ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This completely flips the switch on the characters in Gotham. The art is amazing!! He has to be up there with Ribic as my fave artists. The story is unique. I know it takes traits ane ideas that made us fall in love with the original characters but I felt like it made its own. It wasn't trying to be the same, it was giving it a new flavour.
I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

I think I'm in the minority here, but this was a lot of fun, and read almost like an old Elseworlds book: how would Batman respond, as well as the rest of Gotham City, if the Joker was cured of his insanity.

I read this expecting this to be another insane plan by the Joker and the other super-criminals, looking for the hidden secrets showing that I was right. I was surprised at how it played out.

Good artwork and good w
James DeSantis
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was on the fence about this title when first released but glad I gave it a go.

So the joker is reformed. He is no longer the crazy killer clown we all know. Batman doesn't buy this bullshit for one second and brutally beats down the joker. However as the story progresses we actually see the joker isn't lying. With surprise twist from characters like harley Quinn, a new take on nightwing, and barbs and more we have a elseworld that feels different.

Good: the art is of course great. Murphy alway
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Not terrible. There's the germ of a good idea here, but Murphy just isn't able to bring it to fruition. Basically, the Joker takes some pills that turn him into Jack Napier, a normal guy who is soon pointing out the corruption within the GCPD and the higher ranks of Gotham City, most of it revolving around Batman (there's a "Batman Devastation Fund" that is hidden in the city's books, and used to pay for the damage caused by fighting supervillains, etc.). Through a pretty contrived sequence of e ...more
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Where the hell do I begin? To mark the debut of their DC Black Label imprint, fans are served with a stand-alone Elseworlds story that joins the high ranks of comic book masterpieces that have graced this universe so far. With the imprint currently in the process of reprinting some of their most iconic stories, it could not have been a better choice but to begin the process with the release of Batman: White Knight and its bold re-imagining of Go
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easily the best Batman Story I've ever read. Batman is darkly twisted in this alternate universe. The Joker is not so twisted and everything is.... amazing. This book felt much more grown up, more detailed and dover into darker places than the past Batman books i've read. The illustrations WOW, just fantastic, Matt Hollingsworth is a new favorite.
I am on board for this new series, sign me up for book 2.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, hoopla
The Joker goes (dangerously) sane and poses the very real question, "Is Batman Gotham's greatest villain?"

As an Elseworlds tale this was one of the better ones I've read, and as a casual Bat-fan and DC Lore enthusiast I really dug all of the shout outs, nods and Easter Eggs SGM worked in to the text and the art. He particularly seems to have been influenced by Batman The Animated Series, which works for me as I- nostalgically speaking- still see it as a high water mark in the whole Batty Mythos.
White Knight plays on the nature of villainy—villains as saviors and saviors as villains—and what it means to maintain one’s humanity in spite of such madness. Probably one of the most fascinating and original Joker stories I’ve ever read, especially because it so richly redeems this typically grimdark character. It’s incredibly illustrated, and detailed at a fanboy-level fanaticism.
The description of this story led me to believe that this was going to be about Batman being the bad guy and Joker being the good guy. I was really excited about that but, unfortunately, it's not really about that at all. Basically, the Joker becomes a lot less of an asshole, and Batman becomes a lot more of an asshole. Batman is still trying to save the day (and being a major jerk about it), and Joker is still unleashing terror on the city (but he's just so swell now).

There are also two Harley
Wing Kee
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5! Pretty fantastic internal logic and world building.

World: The art is Sean Murphy, that's all you need to say. It's gritty, it's expressive and the art direction is fantastic. I've loved his art for so long and now I get to read something he's written and it's pretty great. The world building here is also absolutely fantastic. It's a mash up of all the best parts of Batman: Animated, TV, Movie, and comics. All the pieces we love are here and mashed together with a backbone of the Animated Se
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Boring, mediocre and forgettable story, amazing art.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sean Murphy has been drawing comics for awhile. If there is an example of his exemplary style, it is this book. This was a take on Batman and the Joker that I have never seen before, and that is rare in comics. This story is how the Joker sobers up and through medicine and sheer force of personality, becomes sane again. Not only does he become sane, but he pits himself legally against Batman and the vast money he has invested in Gotham for the damage he does. This money is removed from this fund ...more
সাদমান হুসাইন
সিমপলি লাভড ইট!

সো বেসিকযালি জোকার একটা একসপেরিমেনটাল মেডিসিন নিয়ে ভালো হয়ে যায়, জযাক নযাপিয়ার আইডেনটিটিতে ফেরত আসে - যে জোকারের পিছনের আসল মানুষটা।

বাই দয ওয়ে, অলটারনেট ইউনিভারসের কাহিনী এটা, মেইন কনটিনিউয়িটি না। এইখানে বযাটমযান বেশ বরুটাল, গোয়িং অফ দা হিঞজেস আরকি। সেই বযাটমযানকে তাই নতুন ভালো হয়ে যাওয়া জযাক নযাপিয়ার ভিলিফাই করতে পারে বেশ সহজে।

সে যাই হোক। ইনটারেসটিং পরিমাইজ, আরো ইনটারেসটিং টুইসট এনড টারনস। পুরা গোথাম বযাটমযানের বিরুদধে আর জোকারের সাইডে দেখতে ভালোই ইউনিক লাগছিলো, লাসটের শো-ডাউনটাও
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-batman
This is a book I thought lived up to the positive hype. What if the Joker became sane and was determined to show Batman he could make Gotham safer better than Batman does working within the system? What tools would he use to go after Batman as a sane citizen?

I enjoyed the art and the story. There is a rumor there will be more story following this one and if so, I'm in.
Ryan Stewart
Boy am I glad this isn't in continuity! Ok, positives first:

The art is truly incredible. It's gritty, harsh and imperfect, suiting Gotham and Arkham wonderfully and resulting in one of the best versions of each I've ever seen (You know how the Neo-Tokyo skyline stands out in Akira? Kinda like that). Some of his characters look equally amazing, especially Victor Fries and the Fries tech, the Gordons (Commish and Batgirl), Bane, Harley, and even Mista J (though the multicolored eyes throw me off e
Rory Wilding
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, a superhero which more than perhaps any other has been re-interpreted over the decades by various creators of comics and other media who wish to put their own spin on the Caped Crusader. One of the more interesting approaches is how Batman is not a hero and his vigilantism can do more harm than good for the people of Gotham, as explored by writers such as Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello. Published under DC’s Black Label imprint, writer/artist ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Batman: White Knight is a novel that tests the relationship between Batman and his city, but more importantly, Batman and his arch-enemy. While this thread is solid, there are some side plots that branch away and never seem to be concluded. Yet, the dialogue, varied cast of characters, and a churning central conflict make this one a safe bet. Recommended.

Full review can be found here:

All my reviews:
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-2018
Very, very good. 3.5 Story, 5.0 art. Really close to excellent, but while weaving all the interesting subplots into one grand finale surprisingly did work out in the end, it still lacked a clear emotional focus and therefore fell a bit flat. Still one of the most beautiful books of the year and for sure one of the best contemporary Batman-tales one can read. Murphy's hyperdetailed and extremely energetic artwork will look delicious in oversize edition! An "uncensored"/mature readers version was ...more
Primo S.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Despite the very interesting premise, I didn't expect this to be this good. It has some glaring flaws (boring parts of dialogues, some very on the nose political commentary), but other than that, I'm really liked it. The relationship between Batman and Joker reminded me of Lego Batman, but it was deconstructed in such a mature way, highlighting the aspects of these characters in a way that hasn't been done before. Also, the art is absolutely beautiful so that's always a plus.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
I won a copy of Batman: White Knight through a Bookish Contest.

Batman: White Knight is a standalone Batman plot. Unlike some of the other famous standalone series (most notably Batman: Hush) this one really can’t fit in with the main continuity. Some major events were altered to fit this plot. The alterations were interesting, and done with a clear intent. And to be honest, I enjoyed some of the changes made more than the original. But more on that later.
I’ve read a lot of Batman comics in r
[mild spoilers ahead]
Consider me blown away. Murphy has a firm grasp on the classic characterizations of the players in this story and manages to present an alternate reality that pushes the envelope on a few of those characters but seems fully in line with their personalities. There is so much I love about this story. It's dark and somewhat gritty but ultimately hopeful. It shows how Batman could back away from that edge of insanity he's always riding by being willing to accept help when he rea
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actually, I really enjoyed this one!

The start was rather slow but maybe I just wasn't in the mood of a Batman comic, but the last 5 issues I read in a day and it was a lot of fun! It's been a while since I read a Batman comic because I just wasn't enjoying them anymore, but this one was a bit crazy since the Bat was really violent and not listening to everyone and the Joker was playing the good guy in front of everyone else!

I quite enjoyed how the comic emphasized Batman's flaws and I really re
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wow, this was incredible. I have to start with the art because it's phenomenal and it directs the mood of the story and gives it a very strong vibe. I can't imagine what it would have been like with a different art style.

It's interesting getting to see a different side of both Batman and Joker and what happens when Batman loses touch with his ideals and becomes distant, violent and vulnerable and when Joker leverages all of that and connects with his good sided persona Jack Napier and tries to b
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