Review: Batman: White Knight #3

Tragedy strikes, and the Bat-family face the fight of their lives against an army of super-villains and waning public support. A new discovery reinforces Jack’s plot to jeopardize the Dark Knight’s standing in Gotham City, and Harley’s obsession with The Joker reaches a new height-and threatens to change the game for good!

I’ve generally been down on Sean Gordon Murphy‘s Batman: White Knight. While the art has been the excellence that one would expect with Murphy, the story falls flat never living up to the promise and delivering a muddled message. Batman: White Knight #3 continues that in some ways and feels like it undercuts its concept in some ways.

As we saw at the end of the previous issue, Jack Napier has decided to use Clayface and Mad Hatter to control Gotham’s villains. His attack takes place in this issue resulting in a massive battle and lots of destruction but makes it clear that though the “insanity is gone” Jack Napier is still very much the Joker. This isn’t the Joker trying to “save Gotham from Batman” as the series premise promised, instead it’s a Joker vs Batman story with the Joker going by a different name and acting differently. Juxtapose that with the idea of Jack going face and Batman being the heel. Joker’s face turn was too brief and never committed enough to make his case.

The comic has some interesting concepts that unfortunately aren’t explored enough. Nightwing and Batman’s relationship does get a decent amount of focus and teases some interesting ideas about their dynamic. Then there’s the idea of the second Harley Quinn. There’s an introduction of a “new villain” who seems like she’ll be the best thing to come out of this. Then there’s Batman himself who suffers a loss but it feels like there’s no emotional impact concerning that.

There’s something that just feels off here. It hasn’t quite promised on its promise and feels like a retread of our normal Joker/Batman dynamic but with a different Joker. The comic looks great though so as long as you’re not going into this expecting anything more than you’ll walk out happy.

Story: Sean Murphy Art: Sean Murphy Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Story: 6.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 6.85 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review