Alone without Crazy: A Review of Batman: White Knight Issue #2
Published by DC Comics
Written by Sean Murphy with Matt Hollingsworth
Script / Artwork / Cover: Sean Murphy
Colors and Cover coloring by Matt Hollingsworth
Lettering by Todd Klein
Review of Batman: White Knight #2
Alone without Crazy
No crazy Joker here; he’s gone. Jack Napier has emerged a victor over his psyche and has a new lease on life. In the second installment of Batman: White Knight, the people of Gotham give former Joker, now Jack Napier, freedom as he’s exonerated from all criminal charges. Jack makes good on his promises to become a voice for Gotham City promising to get rid of the city’s corruption. Meanwhile, the Batman has problems of his own that are causing a rift between Nightwing and Batgirl. Nonetheless, the window of opportunity is available for social gathering. Jack hosts a small drinking party with Gotham’s villain elites but is Jack doing this to be friendly or something else? Hold on to your caps and cowls, here’s my review of Batman: White Knight issue #2.
Everyone loves Batman but for the Joker was it was an obsession. The Joker was the complete opposite of what the Batman stood for: mayhem, destruction, and uncontrollable impulses that wreak havoc all throughout Gotham. Batman’s attention was something the Joker craved for. So much, nothing mattered as the comic book cover alone says it all- Batman completes him. This series truly unveils how the Joker’s passion was severely misplaced. Now as Jack Napier, he’ll have a chance to live a new life as an activist for the community. There are some dark closets to what the Joker has done. Now as the voice of the people, is Jack Napier more dangerous than before?
Great reading and well paced.
Artwork / Lettering / Coloring
The Joker as a free man offers some surreal moments. Drawn a clean-cut look without his warpaint ,is a great adaptation of a Joker gone well. But his alternate persona can’t be dismissed so quickly. Even as Jack stands trail in front of jurors, his silhouette cast sa shadow of Joker in the background speaking in unison. Another great artwork piece is the cover of the comic book itself. How the Joker keels over with pain in a room filled with images, toys, and merchandise of the Batman. He’s completely consumed by the Caped Crusader. We see how the Joker himself is in pain from neglect. The artwork is top notch to see the character of Jack Napier while the Joker looms inside.
This is one of the most intriguing Batman comic book storylines to come from DC. In this storyline, Batman doesn’t save Gotham but Jack Napier. It’s now become apparent that the only good Batman ever does for Gotham is to make the rich richer. With Bruce Wayne having personal issues of his own, Dick and Barbara find it harder and harder to work with Batman let alone keep him centered. As for Jack and newly reunited Harleen Quinzel, the city is their oyster to pry open. It’s here where Jack makes a touching moment with his one and only surrounded by every villain Batman has ever face to toast their success.
Batman: White Knight issue #3 and #4 are currently out.
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