Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 Review - Enter the Murphyverse
• Sean Gordon Murphy (Writer-Pencils)
• Get it now from Green Brain Comics
It's been a while since I've read Batman: White Knight. It was an excellent and self-contained Batman story that ended cleanly. I never thought that the White Knight story would see or need a sequel. I still feel that way regardless of how this story turns out.
The Murphyverse is Sean Gordon Murphy's imprint and feels like the spiritual successor to Batman: The Animated Series. I like Murphy but I think his profile is slightly overrated by people in my circle because he's not a twat on social media.
This is not a slight on Sean as an artist. I find his art to be interesting but It's not my favorite. How the story lands for you will also depend on your nostalgia for Batman: TAS. If you're a fan of the classic stories you'll feel right at home here.
The story takes place after the conclusion of the last series. Jack Napier has returned to his Joker personal and Batman is called in to take him down. We touch base with all of the key characters that have been established, Bruce, Jim, Dick, and Barbara. New elements are introduced to the story like Azrael. It's a solid narrative with very few flaws.
The comic does look great admittedly and the style does blends well with the setting. The story is off to a great start although I'm not sure how many more stories are gonna be able to be culled from this setting. I can see why DC approved the series and the Murphyverse imprint though. There are very few comics that actively push the Batman mythos forward or beyond the status quo. This is one of those series.