We have always known the Joker to not only be insane but also the villain of every story he is in. Well this October Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus and The Wake) will be flipping that script all around. What if the Joker was no longer insane and went after Batman making him the villain? In this alternate world, Joker is just that, the good guy, going after Batman by the book. Being cured of his psychosis he now sees Gotham with a fresh set of eyes, realizing that Batman is what creates the crime in the city. Taking up politics to take down Batman.
Batman: White Knight #1 is out October 4th, at your local comic book store! See the full press release below followed by some interior pages from the first issue!
Sean Murphy’s BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT Arrives October 4
In a world where Batman has gone too far, the Joker must save Gotham City.
Superstar writer and artist Sean Gordon Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS, THE WAKE) brings you his tale of a twisted Gotham in a seven-issue miniseries with a massive cast of heroes and villains. BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT is told on an epic scale, but at the heart of it all is the tragic story of a hero and a villain, The Batman and The Joker. The question is, which one is the hero and which one is the villain…?
The Joker’s been called a maniac, a killer, and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now…
“We know Joker’s a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?” said Murphy. “Why not strip away the psychosis (the thing that’s holding him back) and let him challenge Batman unimpeded? And to make it even scarier, what if he did it legally and without breaking any rules, so that Batman couldn’t stop him?”
Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First by reconciling with Harley Quinn and then by trying to save Gotham city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham’s greatest villain—the Batman.
“Seeing Gotham for the first time with clear eyes, his psychosis now cured, he starts to understand the absurdity of vigilantism and how Batman’s actions are only contributing to Gotham’s endless crime cycle,” said Murphy. “Joker sets out to beat Batman by becoming the White Knight that Gotham really needs.”
BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1, written and illustrated by Sean Murphy, arrives on October 4. Cover artwork by Murphy with color by Matt Hollingsworth.
Head on over to WIRED for more from Sean Murphy about BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT!