Comic Book Review: Batman: White Knight

Details: Official site is https://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-white-knight-2017/batman-white-knight

Score: 7.3/10

Batman: White Knight is a miniseries that does not take place in the main DC Comics continuity. In this separate world, we explore the idea of what happens when the Joker becomes a good guy.

As he’s done many times before, Batman is chasing down the Joker. Unlike most times, Batman has become increasingly reckless and unstable. When Batman finally catches the Joker, the Joker states this and in their predictable brouhaha, Joker grabs a handful of random psychotropic pills and swallows them all. Somehow, those pills are the exact combination that cure the Joker of his insanity, while allowing him to retain the massive intellect the Joker had. After the Joker reacquired his identity of Jack Napier, Jack seeks to fix Gotham city in a way Batman never could, which involves a clash with Batman and this newly reformed Joker.

This world is similar to the main DC Comics Batman continuity, but it does have some differences and a big part of this books attraction are discovering those differences, so I won’t spoil them. Mostly. I will say that there is no Damian Wayne or Tim Drake in this universe. Barbara Gordon also never goes through the events of The Killing Joke.

While this is a serious story, it’s not that heavy. Some of Batman’s best story dip into the horror genre for seriousness. This story doesn’t do that. It takes a less heavy, more political approach to the Batman universe. The story even implies that Joker either didn’t kill that many people or perhaps even killed no one. It’s not a particularly evil portrayal or the Joker as in Snyder’s most recent run on Batman, but he is still a really bad guy.

One of the things I liked most about the story is how it subtly references a lot of other Batman stories. One of the examples of this is the design of the characters and villains. Another example is the use of Batmobiles. Many different versions are referenced and used, from the Tumbler to the old Animated Series version. Very cool and reverential to the Batman franchise.

The art is great.

Overall, this was a fun story. It’s a what-if story that takes place in a separate world. It’s similar enough for Batman fans to recognize, but different enough to be somewhat original and interesting.

Score: 7.3/10

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