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Review: Batman: White Knight

The first trade to be released under the DC Black Label imprint, Batman: White Knight is Sean Murphy‘s take on the ongoing battle between the Joker and Batman. Murphy is an amazing artist, but is the story any good? Find out!

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NYCC 2018: DC Collectibles Reveals New Batman Cowl Line, Statues and Action Figures

The Dark Knight and his foes are taking over the DC Collectibles slate in 2019. Announced today at New York Comic Con, DC Collectibles will debut a dedicated Bat-cowl line and new Batman-themed statues next summer.

Expanding its best-selling DC Gallery line of prop replicas, DC Collectibles will celebrate the distinct designs of the Caped Crusader’s iconic cowl seen in comics, video games and more, with a collection of 1:2 scale Bat-cowl replicas. The first Bat-cowl is inspired by DC’s critically acclaimed DC Universe Rebirth comics and will hit stores in May 2019. The DC Rebirth cowl will be followed by the 3-D interpretation of Batman’s cowl featured in the fan-favorite Batman: Arkham Asylumvideo game produced by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Fans can bring home the Arkham Asylum cowl replica in July 2019.

Additional Batman items announced by DC Collectibles today include a new Dark Nights: Metal statue by Greg Capullo featuring the Merciless, a new Batman Black & White statue of The Joker based on artist Sean Murphy’s acclaimed Batman: White Knight comic book and a new Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statue based on Frank Cho’s variant cover of Harley Quinn #50.

In non-Batman-related news, DC Collectibles also revealed new character additions to the company’s popular DC Essentials action figure line. Wonder Woman, the Cheetah, Supergirl and Cyborg Superman will hit stores in June 2019.

See below for the complete list of new DC Collectibles items revealed today at NYCC:

DC Gallery: Batman Cowl Line

 

  • DC Gallery: Rebirth Batman Cowl
    • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
    • Size: 1:2 scale
    • On sale May 2019
    • MSRP: $90.00
    • Available for pre-order today, October 4

 

 

  • DC Gallery: Arkham Asylum Batman Cowl
    • Sculpted by Dave Cortes and Amos Hemsley
    • Size: 1:2 scale
    • On sale July 2019
    • MSRP: $90.00
    • Available for pre-order today, October 4

 

 

Batman Black & White: WHITE KNIGHT The Joker by Sean Murphy Statue

  • Designed by Sean Murphy
  • Sculpted by Karen Palinko
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

DARK NIGHTS: METAL Batman: the Merciless Statue

  • Designed by Greg Capullo
  • Sculpted by Neobauhaus
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP $85.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

Harley Quinn Red, White & Black: Harley Quinn by Frank Cho Statue

  • Designed by Frank Cho
  • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

DC Essentials Action Figures

  • New characters: Wonder Woman, the Cheetah, Supergirl, Cyborg Superman
  • Designed by Jason Fabok
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $26.00 each
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

Around the Tubes

It’s Labor Day here in the US but we’re not slowing down. We’ve got lots on tap for the day including our movie coverage, Manga Monday, reviews, and more! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Watertown Daily Times – BJ Mendelson, SUNY Potsdam graduate, finishes new self-help comic book – Cool to see comics being used like this.

KXAN – MexAmeriCon – Austin’s first Latinx Comic Book Convention – Might need to check this one out.

 

Reviews

The Beat – Batman: White Knight

Talking Comics – Extermination #2

DC Reveals More Details on Release Dates for DC Black Label

DC Black Label is a brand-new publishing imprint dedicated to giving premier writers and artists the chance to expand on DC’s unrivaled characters with unique, standalone stories set outside DC continuity. We’ve gotten an announcement as to some of what is coming and now we have a better idea as to when things are coming.

Batman: Damned #1 – September 19, 2018 (bimonthly, three issues) – Written by Brian Azzarello with art by Lee Bermejo
Superman: Year One #1 – November, 2018 (bimonthly, three issues) – Written by Frank Miller with art by John Romita Jr.
The Other History of the DC Universe #1 – December, 2018 (seven issues) – Written by John Ridley

In addition, Batman: White Knight by Sean Gordon Murphy will have the label for its collected edition which will be released October 9th.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day tomorrow and we’ll have our picks in a few hours but what are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think that over, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Fox40 – 12-Year-Old Comic Book Creator Gives Hope to Kids Being Bullied – Hope this kid helps others.

CBLDF – Calvin Reid Joins Freedom to Read Foundation – Congrats to Calvin!

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman: White Knight #8

The Outhousers – Detective Comics #980

Preview: Batman: White Knight #8

Batman: White Knight #8

(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $4.99

In the extra-sized finale of Sean Murphy’s top-selling miniseries, Jack Napier’s suspicious seduction of Gotham City comes to its twisted conclusion! With the city on the verge of becoming an icy tomb for the GTO, Batgirl makes a crucial assist and Gordon is forced to reevaluate his judgment of Batman to secure the greater good. As the true Joker’s return becomes imminent, Harley seeks vengeance and reckons with the bleak future that looms for her loved ones.

Awesome Con 2018: Bats, Knights, and Art with Sean Murphy

Sean Gordon Murphy is one of the most popular comic artists working today having created visually stunning worlds in Joe the Barbarian, The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus, Tokyo Ghost, Chrononauts, and more. Murphy is taking on writing duties (which he also did for Punk Rock Jesus) giving a new take on Batman and the Joker in his eight issue limited series Batman: White Knight.

We got a chance to talk to him at Awesome Con which took place in Washington, DC at the end of March.

Graphic Policy: I work for Graphic Policy. We do a combination of politics and comics, and I believe that is what peaked your interest when we crossed paths back in August.

Sean Murphy: Yes.

Graphic Policy: Today Sean I don’t want to talk about elections or SJW’s though. I’d like to talk to you about what we couldn’t talk about then: Batman: White Knight.

SM: Yeah.

GP: What you’ve done is flip the entire dynamic on its head. You have decided to make the Jack Napier aka The Joker, the savior of Gotham. Where did that come to you?

SM: Well as a kid I was always a big fan of the animated series (though not really a giant Joker fan) but always thought there was so much more potential to him if he could just get rid of his craziness. I felt he could be a much more effective adversary to Batman, and maybe even be smart enough to expunge his record and possibly get Gotham to forgive him. When I first pitched this, DC said “there’s no way Gotham would elect the Joker for public office.” After the 2016 election, they said “Okay, maybe they would.”

GP: Oh absolutely.

SM: I don’t mean for it to sound like I’m taking a political stand or anything. That is just sort of how it happened.

GP: No, no not at all. I think it is a brilliant take. I like the idea. One thing that you introduced is, and I’m not sure if it was intentional or not to highlight the Joker, but Batman is more of a dick than usual. (laughs)

SM: (laughs) Well Alfred died, and he’s got this Jason Todd thing that happened. I mean he’s only human. So we got to give him a break.

GP: Yeah. I also love the twist you’ve added with Mr. Freeze knowing the Waynes and tying in to that mythos. Obviously this story has a beginning and an end. I mean we all know the Joker will be back true to form at some point. Do you think though had things been truly different and given the chance, that he could have been the White Knight of Gotham?

SM: Well in a way, I think he already is. He really woke everyone up. Yes he started out as a villain with nefarious intentions and he did have an agenda, but throughout the book I think even Jack Napier is surprised at how much more of a good guy he became. He’s not perfect –  in issue 7 he’s forced to admit he’s been rigging the game all along. He did manage to give Gotham a reality check that they were never going to have. At least certainly not with Batman. He’s fixed a lot and put people to work and rebuilt things. As much as Gordon and Batman may hate to admit it, he really did fix a lot of things.

GP: Right, kind of like Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight.

SM: Yeah, yeah exactly.

GP: Tell me, is it so much more freeing to not be bogged down by the continuity of monthly events?

SM: Yes. What was good as with this project there wasn’t a lot of oversight. Not much from my editors at DC. I essentially gave them five finished issues and they were like “Okay, this isn’t what we were expecting – and some of it would probably not have been approved, but it is not in continuity, so we’re just going to publish it and see what happens.” That freedom- while also respecting the character and understanding what readers will tolerate- is kind of what made it a hit I think.

GP: Lots of people refer to your artwork as a very European style. Certainly it is different, what are your influences?

SM: Oh yeah. In broad strokes, the style is generally European. With a little bit of Manga thrown in.

GP: I actually see a lot of Akira.

SM: Akira sure, European artists and actually some South American artists. It really is a mix of a lot of things I like.

GP:  Well it shows. Thank you Sean for your time and everything. Much success to you at the Con.

SM: You’re welcome. Take care.

Preview: Batman: White Knight #7

Batman: White Knight #7

Story: Sean Murphy
Art: Sean Murphy
Color: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover: Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
Editor: Mark Doyle
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

This issue, it’s Jack versus the Joker! Napier’s identity crisis spins out of control and compromises his grand plans for Gotham City – but not before he strikes a fateful bargain with Neo Joker. A browbeaten Batman accepts a peace offering from Batgirl, and some unexpected advice from Alfred sets the tone for the GTO’s new mission to redeem the city.

Preview: Batman: White Knight #6

Batman: White Knight #6

Story: Sean Gordon Murphy Art: Sean Gordon Murphy
Color: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Mark Doyle Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Gotham City’s strongest alliance comes to an end when Gordon’s trust in Batman reaches its limit. On the verge of resignation, the commissioner attempts a final act of public service, but an unlikely intervention allows the Dark Knight to fight another day. Meanwhile, Jack’s mission takes a hit when his pills lose effect-and under cover of all this chaos, Neo Joker is positioned to take the city hostage.

Preview: Batman: White Knight #5

Batman: White Knight #5

(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Jack’s mind and body begin to betray him as he prepares for an inevitable showdown with Batman, and Bruce himself struggles to keep his team united. As the game gets tougher, Batman seeks counsel from a shocking source-and after Wayne Manor is infiltrated, a car chase for the ages aims to curb Napier’s supercriminal crew once and for all.

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