Harley Quinn Meets Jack Napier in Batman: White Knight #2

Sean Murphy's hero-flipped Gotham continues.

Sean Murphy is amazing.

There really isn’t much more to say about this preview of his Elseworlds-ey series, Batman: White KnightThe series starts with Batman losing his mind and getting over-the-top violent (even for him) and going on trial for it. He cures the Joker, and the rest of the book is about the Joker fighting to save Gotham from the person he blames for all its problems: Batman.

Murphy is an incredible talent. Tokyo Ghostwas staggeringly beautiful and imaginative, and the one free issue of Batman he did in the New 52 era (which is apparently really important to the ongoing story that Scott Snyder is telling in Metal) was a favorite of Snyder’s run. His Gotham is close and dense and overbearing, and he made the first issue feel claustrophobic and violent in a way that perfectly fit the story. And while the “Batman-as-psychopath” tale has been done to death, I think based off of these preview pages, Murphy might have a twist in mind for that trope. Here’s what DC has to say about the issue:

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #2 Written by SEAN MURPHY Art and cover by SEAN MURPHY Variant cover by SEAN MURPHY Public support for Batman dwindles and Gotham City’s 99 percent rally around ex-Joker Jack Napier’s crusade to expose decades of corruption within the GCPD. A proposition inspires new revelations about Harley and The Joker’s past; and as Jack transforms into a hero of the middle class and takes extreme measures to mobilize a revolutionary army of super-villains, Bruce struggles to stay focused on engineering a technological breakthrough to save Alfred.

Take a look!

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