Speaking of Black Label, today I finally put aside a couple of quiet hours to read Batman: White Knight #1-8.
Let me preface this by saying I think Sean Gordon Murphy is my favourite artist working in comics today. Possibly ever. So, going in, I was probably more inclined to like this book than not.
And, you know what? It’s true. But, I really did enjoy this.
It’s a non- continuity epic exploration of Batman, Joker, and … well to say more would probably give away too much of the book’s story. And, the story is a good one. It’s not the greatest thing you’ve ever read; Murphy over writes it in places, and it has a few moments where you think “really?”, but overall it’s a gripping page turner.
The art? The art is magnificent. Murphy’s storytelling is amazing throughout. It’s so clear, so gorgeous to look at, and downright cinematic. Here are the first two pages of the book (my photos don’t do them justice, I’m sure):
And, here’s the scene just before the book’s infamous sex scene. It’s a more convincing date night than shown in many movies:
The book does have a pretty abrupt ending, and leaves a number of dangling plot threads. I think one plot twist near the end doesn’t quite work either. But, hopefully these points can be followed up on in the sequel.
It’s disappointing that the book is only being collected in a regular TPB initially. It really deserves an OHC edition.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to everyone. But, if you like Batman, and like Murphy more importantly, then this is definitely one to read.