Blurb: The Batman story we deserved, but never knew we needed.
From the colorful make-up, to the manic-laugh, to the genius sadism in his plots, the Clown-Prince of Crime, Joker has established his pre-eminence in Batman's "Rogues Gallery" of intelligent and ruthless Super-Villains. Whenever The Joker is involved, a reader expects to see Batman being tested beyond his limits and in this story the greatest test for the Caped-Crusader comes not from The Joker's insanity, but from his sanity.
In the current story-telling climate where anti-heroism is the trend, it is not that giant a leap for the imagination to find a Batman-Joker story in which the lines between 'Hero' & 'Villain' are blurred significantly. With White Knight however, Sean Murphy manages to create a story where execution is key. The story strays from the Batman canon just enough to introduce new elements but not so much as to make the story and characters unrecognizable. The artwork compliments the dark, dreary and dismal atmosphere of Gotham and also embodies the dark places our heroes and villains (yes both) are forced to visit. The story also touches upon an often overlooked aspect to super-hero stories and that is of the cost (actual financial cost) incurred by a city and it's people when the capes are flying along with buildings and motor-cars.
For me however, the one aspect of this series that makes it excellent is the low barrier of entry with regards to new-readers. A person with only a rudimentary understanding of the Joker and Batman can (in my opinion) pick up this series and feel satisfied, for the story from beginning to end is in every way self-contained.
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