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Review: Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1

The Joker has a secret about Batman and Bruce Wayne and he’ll use Azrael to get what he wants. Batman: Curse of the White Knight is a follow up to the hit Batman: White Knight miniseries.

Story: Sean Gordon Murphy
Art: Sean Gordon Murphy
Color: Matt Hollingsworth
Letterer: AndWorld Design

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Review: Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 is the follow up to creator Sean Gordon Murphy‘s hit Batman: White Knight. As a follow up, it does it right in that you don’t need previous knowledge. While there are references to the previous volume, there’s little knowledge needed to enjoy the current offering. It’s what comics should be, open to new readers while having a “value add” to long-time readers.

I wasn’t a fan of Batman: White Knight. I felt the concept presented isn’t what was presented. The high concept never was delivered on. Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 seems to correct that problem. It sets up a simple clash between the Joker and Batman involving the Waynes’ history and introducing Azrael to this universe.

Now under the DC Black Label imprint, Batman: Curse of the White Knight is free of the meta concept instead delivering a more classic story. There’s a lot of history building here going back to the early days of Gotham. The intrigue of the first issue is in the story not what it’s trying to do. It’s story first, concept second in this follow-up volume.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 takes through the early history of Gotham. There are ties to the early Waynes’ with implications not just for Bruce but also the origin of the Joker. Its teases make it more than interesting enough to read further. Murphy references the first volume enough to really settle questions for previous readers. What’s presented isn’t vital for new readers. You can focus on the story presented without being bogged down by the previous volume.

There are some issues that Murphy has fallen in to before. The introduction of Jean-Paul Valley goes smoothly until the end. An encounter feels a bit too out of nowhere and disjointed. It’s a “go with it” moment. One that doesn’t derail the issue but feels a little out of the blue as presented. Later issues may make things clearer.

Murphy’s art is the highlight here. Along with color by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by AndWorld Design, the comic is visually great. The design and choices deliver a world that feels like a mix of the Gotham we know and a steampunk alt-world. That’s due to its grays, browns, reds, and blacks which play heavily into the look of it all.

The comic is an improvement on the previous volume. It delivers an intriguing mystery that goes its own way while building off of the myth we already know. Cures of the White Knight delivers a straightforward Batman story that plays to Murphy’s strengths. It shows growth as a writer and how to create a new volume that’s both new reader-friendly and has a little extra for those who have been along for the ride.

Story: Sean Gordon Murphy Art: Sean Gordon Murphy
Color: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: AndWorld Design
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 (of 8)

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 (of 8)

(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

In this explosive sequel to the critically acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT from writer/artist Sean Murphy, The Joker recruits Azrael to help him expose a shocking secret from the Wayne family’s legacy-and to run Gotham City into the ground! As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from danger, the mystery of his ancestry unravels, dealing a devastating blow to the Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash in this unforgettable chapter of the White Knight saga-and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its core!

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 (of 8)

Baltimore Comic-Con 2019 Welcomes Sean Gordon Murphy

Sean Gordon Murphy

Head to the 2019 Baltimore Comic-Con on October 18-20 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced Sean Gordon Murphy‘s return to the show. Tickets are now available.

After breaking into the industry at a young age, Ringo Award nominee and Eisner Award nominee and winner Sean Murphy made a name for himself in the world of indie comics. Writing and illustrating Punk Rock Jesus, Sean showed his versatility as a creator. While he is widely known for his work with some of the industry’s top writers on titles like Joe the Barbarian, American VampireThe WakeChrononauts, and Tokyo Ghost, Sean enjoys writing for himself. His recent Batman: White Knight story has garnered critical and popular acclaim, and Sean is currently working on the follow-up arc, Batman: Curse of the White Knight(hitting shelves starting in July 2019).


In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Detective Comics), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Castillo Studios, Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Matthew Clark (Injustice: Ground Zero), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Julie Fujii Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad),  Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), Greg Hildebrandt (Old Man Logan), Adam Hughes (Superman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Klaus Janson (New Challengers), Justin Jordan (Reaver), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Greg Land (Hulkverines, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Joe Linsner (Red Sonja), Ron Marz (Turok), John McCrea (Hitman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), Mark Morales (Justice League), Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight), Kevin Nowlan (Black Widow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (Star Wars), Mike Perkins (Swamp Thing), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Afua Richardson (Run), Rafer Roberts (Grumble), Andy Runton (Owly), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Bob Schreck (Batman: Hush), Erica Schultz (Xena: Warrior Princess), Bart Sears (Turok), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Andy Smith (Demi-God), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), Brian Stelfreeze (Rise of the Black Panther), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Ty Templeton (Marvel Super-Hero Adventures, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Billy Tucci (Shi), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), Adam Warren (Empowered And Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Lee Weeks (Batman), Marv Wolfman (Raven: Daughter of Darkness, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Workman (Riverdale), and Kelly Yates (Torchwood).

DC Reveals a First Look and Release Date for Sean Murphy’s Batman: Curse of the White Knight from DC Black Label

This July, DC will launch the next chapter of Sean Murphy’s monumental Bat-saga with Batman: Curse of the White Knight from DC Black Label. The eagerly awaited sequel to Murphy’s best-selling Batman: White Knight will debut July 24, 2019.

Following the critical success of Batman: White Knight, Murphy is putting a new spin on this upcoming series, with The Joker recruiting a new, savage partner to help him expose a shocking revelation about the Wayne family’s legacy. As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from this corrupt conspiracy, the Dark Knight will come face to face with the horrifying truth.

Murphy’s Batman: White Knight delivered an alternative examination of the relationship between the greatest rivals in the DC Universe. By curing The Joker of his insanity and making him an advocate for good in Gotham City, Murphy led Batman down his own path of madness. And now the story continues in this exciting new miniseries.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight is an eight-issue series, releasing monthly.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight

Preview: Batgirl #29

Batgirl #29

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund (CA) Sean Murphy
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

In the finale of “Art of the Crime,” Batgirl may have uncovered Grotesque’s real plot, but that only means she knows the real danger that faces Jim Gordon and the GCPD! Can Barbara take down Grotesque before he pulls off a massive heist and ruins the GCPD’s rep in the process? Maybe, but it won’t be a paint-by-numbers job!

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!

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on October 9. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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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

Sean Murphy’s White Knight Gets a Sequel in Batman: Curse of the White Knight

Sean Murphy‘s Batman: White Knight continues with Batman: Curse of the White Knight which will come to shelves in 2019. The series will be published under DC Black Label, the same label the trade of the first volume is being published under. It originally was published under DC Comics.

In Batman: Curse of the White Knight:

The Joker recruits a savage partner to help him expose a shocking revelation about the Wayne family’s legacy and run Gotham into the ground. As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from this corrupt conspiracy, the mystery of his ancestry unravels and deals a devastating blow to The Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash across history in this unforgettable chapter of The White Knight saga, and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its very core!

Batman: White Knight is currently available as single issues and the trade is collected October 3rd.

Preview: Batgirl #27

Batgirl #27

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund (CA) Sean Murphy
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

You can’t go home again. But that’s just where Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, is forced to go when the chip granting her mobility keeps shorting out in the aftermath of her clash with Grotesque. Will Commissioner Gordon drive Babs totally bonkers with his bedside manner? Or will the malfunctioning tech impact more than just her legs? Plus, what’s the deal with killer art critic Grotesque and his murderous new M.O.? It’s all in part two of “Art of the Crime.”

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