As quickly as I completed my first readthrough of Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight, I noticed it had grow to be one in every of my favourite Batman sequence. I severely wouldn’t shut up about it (together with right here on the DC website). Unsurprisingly, I’ve been vastly anticipating the continuation of Murphy’s story in Batman: Curse of the White Knight and it’s lastly right here!
As a fast refresh, in Batman: White Knight we discovered that Jack Napier (sane Joker on meds) wasn’t as a lot of a superb man as he portrayed himself to be, BUT he did do some good by uncovering lots of the corruption occurring in Gotham Metropolis that each one tied again to Batman not directly. He primarily uncovered how the elites of Gotham profited off of the town’s prison exercise and the injury attributable to the criminals and Batman alike.
In Curse of the White Knight, we shortly uncover that the secrets and techniques delivered to mild by Jack solely scratched the floor. There’s an even bigger, extra surprising secret that follows Gotham and the Wayne household all the way in which again to the 1600’s.
The primary few pages of this difficulty take us to Gotham Valley within the 12 months 1685. Right here we’re launched to Edmond Wayne and Lafayette Arkham (aka Laffy) as they partake in a sword combat (as a result of it’s the 1600’s and that’s how individuals combat). Lengthy story quick, Laffy claims that Gotham is cursed however Edmond isn’t having any of that and proceeds to kill him off. This little second previously is an enormous piece of the puzzle and is fairly essential because the occasions tie in all through the remainder of the problem.
I actually assume it’s an fascinating take to have this story be a few secret so deeply rooted in each Gotham’s and the Wayne household’s previous. With Laffy being so eerily just like the current day Joker, it makes it really feel as if this “curse” is one thing that was simply destined to occur. I’m no detective or something however Joker…Laffy…“laugh-y”… I imply I’m fairly positive I’m not the one one which sees one thing there, proper? And never solely that, however Laffy has the identical overly hysterical and evil laughter that the Joker has. Joker’s existence is likely to be part of that curse, which is why he’s been part of Batman’s life for thus lengthy.
There are different little situations that happen within the current day which tie into what occurred so way back previously. Batman’s discovery of Laffy’s bones, Edmond Wayne’s journal and whip made from bat leather-based additional reinforce how every thing is linked and has been linked for thus lengthy. I’m actually out right here gathering all of those clues and am very desirous to see how every thing will all fall into place.
In the meantime, we discover that corruption in Arkham Asylum continues to be alive and effectively, and naturally, we see the Joker taking full benefit of that to flee from his jail cell. Two issues are made clear straightaway: one, the Joker completely hates Jack Napier for taking all of the enjoyable out of Gotham and two, Joker is aware of what the Wayne household secret is. He’s able to reveal the reality, however not with out some assist.
Joker recruits Azrael to assist him take down Bruce Wayne. Azrael has been thought-about each a Bat-ally and villain in his historical past as a personality, and it appears that evidently in Murphy’s Bat-Saga he isn’t going to be an ally. On the time Joker finds him, Azrael is in a really sick, susceptible and unstable state. Joker takes benefit of that and tells him that he’s the rightful inheritor to Gotham and should reclaim what the Waynes took from him. There’s not lots of Azrael on this difficulty, however there’s little doubt he’ll be taking part in an even bigger and extra brutal function within the points to return.
This new trajectory that Murphy’s story is taking popping out of White Knight is so distinctive and thrilling, however what I actually admire is how what passed off previously nonetheless has a significant impact on this narrative. We nonetheless see how Bruce continues to deal with Alfred being gone and see his relationship with Barbara and Dick develop additional. Most significantly, we see Batman accepting his failure to guard Gotham after every thing Jack uncovered. It even has him questioning if he ought to reveal his id and finish his time as The Bat. However with what’s but to be revealed by Joker and Azrael, that is solely the start for him.
It’s fairly clear that there’s nonetheless rather a lot left to unpack on this story. I’ll undoubtedly be considering up my very own theories till the following difficulty arrives, however total, Batman: Curse of the White Knight has established an thrilling new storyline that builds off of the occasions in White Knight. For those who beloved the primary sequence, I extremely suggest you give Murphy’s follow-up a learn. It’s solely going to get higher from right here!
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth is now out there in print and as a digital obtain.
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