REVIEW: BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #3 Author: Ryan Lower (Follow @LOWER_RYAN)
Date: December 8, 2017
SYNOPSIS: 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 Jackís plot to jeopardize the Dark Knightís standing in Gotham City, and Harleyís obsession with The Joker reaches a new heightóand threatens to change the game for good!
Iím glad Batman: White Knight is only 8 issues long, because Iím running out of ways to praise Sean Murphy.
This monthís issue #3 delivers more of the same, and more of the unexpected. It delivers action (as good books should), emotion (as great books should), and deep, realistic, complex dilemmas (as classic books should).
Basically, Batman: White Knight is on its way to becoming one of the greatest Batman stories ever told. Thatís not a joke.
Iím going to attempt to summarize this issue without spoiling (as I realize I do too much in every review). After his destructive plan is executed to perfection, Jack Napier ups the ante against the Dark Knight, uncovering a well-placed clause hidden in Gothamís taxes. How does this relate to Batman? Well, someone has to pay for his costly crime-fighting destruction. Meanwhile, our hero loses his moral compass, which is turning his allies against each other. Meanwhile, the second Harley Quinn (Marian Drews) uncovers a villainous secret that has me excited for next monthís issue #4.
Murphy is juggling so many important conflicts at once, yet it never feels crowded or weak. Each decision makes sense, furthers the plot and packs an emotional punch. Everything affects everything, and the odds are not in Batmanís favor. We hear those closest to him constantly questioning his moves and motives, but I canít shake the fact our hero has a plan. Thatís what makes him OUR hero. But after a major setback in this issue, how can he go on?
Aside from the amazing story, Murphy is treating us fans with so many trinkets. Every issue has had a page full of winks and nods. Here, itís while Batgirl is in the cave, and thereís a full line-up of popular Batmobiles. I could stare at the page all day. Also, you read it right. Jason Todd was Robin BEFORE Dick Grayson. It didnít bother me at all, for this has always been an Elseworlds tale. I dig it.
With 3 issues down and 5 to go, I donít see Sean Murphy letting up on the gas. This is the best comic series of 2017. Full of heart, suspense, action and deep emotion, Batman: White Knight is assembling one of the best Batman stories Iíve ever read. This is a must for any comic fan. - Ryan Lower
A lifelong Batman fan, Ryan Lower grew up in the midwest reading, watching, dreaming of The Dark Knight.
His favorite Batman stories are THE LONG HALLOWEEN, THE DARK KNIGHT and anything from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.
He currently resides in his own Batcave in Chicago.
Follow him on Twitter @LOWER_RYAN.