Batman White Knight #2
Writer: Sean Murphy
Artist: Sean Murphy
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Jack Napier, the former Clown Prince of Crime Joker, has been cured of his madness and is now a free man. His first act as a law abiding citizen is to rid Gotham of the corruption he claims to be rampant in the local government and police. He also wants to expose Batman as nothing more than a vigilante who needs to be locked up.
I think that Jack Napier could be more dangerous than the Joker ever was. Joker just did stuff for no other reason than he thought it would be funny. Napier on the other hand is very deliberate and methodical in his plans to be the shinning star of Gotham. Sean Murphy presents Napier as a man who you want to believe that has truly reformed, but there is an underlying tone in the dialogue that suggests the old Mr. J is just bubbling right underneath the surface. I was enthralled with this story from beginning to end. I’m loving this new angle for the Joker, and for Batman as well (trust me, you’ll see how Bruce is being affected too). Napier may be a “white knight” in public, but I’ve got a suspicion that there may be more to him as we dive more into the series.
The art is gritty and tough and that’s exactly what this story needed. Not a polished, traditional look, but one that shows the darkness and the grim of a Gotham that has been through the wars of Joker and Batman. Its almost as if Murphy and Hollingsworth are delivering a Gotham seen through Jack’s eyes. It’s a city that needs cleaning, and he’s the one to do it.