Batman: White Knight #8

The Final issue in Sean Murphy’s White Knight series has finally arrived!  This series has slowly been building to its conclusion for the past few issues, and the ending does not disappoint.  This issue is all action and is the payoff for the last seven issues.

The Cover

The cover features Batman and Jack Napier standing back to back.  Playing with the idea that the two of them are going to have to work together to defeat Neo-Joker.  Both men stand determined, with postures that speak to saving Gotham at all costs.  The cover is simple, attention grabbing, and beautiful.

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The Art

The art in this book is consistent with the rest of the series.  It’s gritty, it’s dark, and sets a terrific atmosphere for a Gotham on the edge of doom.  There are some differences from the previous issues.  There are no large two page scenes in this issue, likely due to the sheer amount of action that needed to be included to bring this issue to the ending it deserved.  I also thought there was more detail in the art as well, particularly the freeze cannon that Neo-Joker had been using.

The Story

At the end of the last issue Batman and Jack Napier had agreed to work together to take down Neo-Joker, and in the final panel, we saw the resurgence of the Joker in the Batmobile alongside Batman.  This issue picks up immediately after #7 ended.  Joker quickly reassures Batman he won’t harm him and is 100% on board with the plan to take down Neo-Joker.  The issue then picks up to full speed and doesn’t slow down.  The issue wraps up the whole series in a very satisfying way.  Not in a “all the problems are solved and everyone lives happily ever after” way, but in a way that fits in with the rest of the series.  Murphy also ends it with a bit of a tease for a sequel series.  There has been no confirmation that one will ever be written, but I know I would be happy to return to this world.

To follow-up on my reviews of the previous issues of this series, follow the links below:

Issue #1 Issue #2 Issue #3

Issue #4 Issue #5 Issue #6

Issue #7

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