Writer-artist Sean Gordon Murphy is one of the most celebrated creators in comics today, and he’s been teasing his fans for a while now about a couple of mysterious Batman project he’s been working on. Today, we finally learned what one of them is, an alternate universe miniseries entitled Batman: White Knight.
Set to land in stores this White Knight presents a vision of Gotham’s residents that’s familiar, but twisted from what fans are used to. In this story, Joker is cured of his madness and is using his clear-headedness to take the fight to the Gotham elite—specifically Batman. Murphy told Wired about his take on the characters and the way he’s inverting their dynamic, calling his Batman less of a vigilante, and more of an “overzealous oppressor” who the Joker is taking on “by winning people over with his potent observations and rhetoric.”
The series will take on timely issues like the wage gap and perpetuating cycles of violence, with Batman fighting to maintain the status quo, and Joker, and his partner Harley, looking to shake things up. “We know the Joker is a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?”
Murphy is no stranger to tackling politically charged topics, with his Tokyo Ghost series with Rick Remender addressing technology addiction and the destruction of the environment, while his Vertigo series Punk Rock Jesus was a subversive tale about media manipulation, rebellion and religion. You can tell from one look at his beautifully inked pages why you should be excited for the art on the book, but his past work should also make you excited for what is sure to be a unique and relevant story.
Batman: White Knight will arrive in October, but Murphy’s also working on a second Batman project with his The Wake collaborator Scott Snyder, but details on that series have yet to be revealed. Are you excited for this modern twist on the Bat-mythos? Be sure to let us know in the comments below