BATMAN CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #4
Batman Curse of the White Knight #4
Writer: Sean Murphy
Artist: Sean Murphy
Colorist: Matt Hollingworth
Publisher: DC Comics
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Of those closest to the Dark Knight, the Commissioner of Gotham Police Department, none other than Jim Gordon is one of the closest. In issue #4 of Batman: Curse of the White Knight, one of Bruce’s most dear and most respected friends – a man he’s admired – was taken away from him in a tragic turn of events. Not only was Bruce affected, but Gordon’s only daughter, Barbara Gordon will forever hurt. Although Dick Grayson offers comfort and encouraging words to Barbara, she pays him no mind as she prepares herself to finish what her father and Batman could not and kill Azrael once and for all. As she pieces together clues to his whereabouts through surveillance camera footage, Batman’s problems continue to pile as a damaging secret journal resurfaces that may destroy the reputation of the Wayne family and rekindle an old blood feud with the Bakker family. There is no rest for the weary as my review of Batman: Curse of the White Knight #4 is now.
Both Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth have not only brought this amazing display of artwork, but have brought a whole new insight into the history of Gotham City and the people who defend her. This compelling and captivating storyline will demand you to know more about the Wayne Family past. The series also offers moments of sentimental emotions that grip readers to connect with the characters who only exist on paper and pen. In this issue, Bruce, though filled with remorse with the loss of his confidant and friend, Jim, keeps his eyes on the task at hand to find Azrael and his henchmen before more die. As for Azrael, with his mission to free Gotham from the deceptions and lies it has endured, there’s no stopping him. Though Barbara’s duty is clouded by the death of her father, her only remedy is vengeance. But as luck would have it, her investigating search pays off to the location of their whereabouts. A flashback a heartfelt memory as a little girl recalls what her father once said long ago, “There are two kinds of rules, their rules, and your rules. From now on, your rules say fight back.”
Taking her father’s advice from all those years ago, she dashed to intercept Azrael in my personal favorite Batmobile, the Tumbler. As time is running out, Batman is called to the scene in hopes of preventing another death in the family and faces Azrael at last. But is he too late to stop Barbara from taking the law inter her hands or will Azrael’s faith prevail all of Gotham and its people? Also, the known contents of this secret journal are not yet revealed, but what is inside may have already placed the Wayne family in jeopardy. All that is mentions is in regards to a blood feud between the Waynes and the Bakkers family for years.
As a fan of Sean and Matt’s artwork, one can absolutely appreciate the great details with just a few shadow pieces and straight lines to bring out the intensity of emotions from the characters. In many, if not all, of Sean and Matt’s artwork there is an emotional connection between the characters and the storyline. There is a lot of self-heroic and self-sacrifice moments in most of the panels that one cannot share mutual feelings from one’s past experiences. The act to avenge someone from death may be all too familiar if the shoe is on the other foot. For Barbara Gordon, her actions and the way it is drawn in great detail offers some insight on what kind of women she’s forged into, compliments by the Commissioner. Overall the artwork is top-notch for a story such as this. One can only hope it does not water-down as the story progresses.
In conclusion to Batman: Curse of the White Knight issue #4, I was quite surprised there’s little mention regarding the Joker for the exception of who had possession of this secret journal. The antagonist of the story has been one of DC’s somewhat familiar characters from the pages Detective Comics series, it is Azrael. His return has made the series nostalgic and most interesting to see this character drawn in new light and imagination. Sean and Matt must really have magic pens as each panel comes to life. The coloring inside this and previous issues have been colored-limited and that’s a good thing. With simple dark-colored pallets are enough to bring depth and emotion to really bring a rustic feel to the story. With only two dimension space to work with, their drawing brings such an emotional connection with the characters. Barbara and Batman’s loss is truly tragic, but as one has already dealt with death, Barbara may have a journey she alone must take to bring peace back to her soul. The next issue of Batman, Curse of the White Knight issue #5 is currently out in newsstands. This is a great comic book and looking forward to reading the next series.