IGN is excited to debut the first look inside the sequel to the hit graphic novel Batman: White Knight from DC Comics writer/artist Sean Murphy and colorist Matt Hollingsworth. We’ve also got the release date for when you can find it in stores.
Check out the cover and interiors by clicking through the slideshow below:
Titled “Batman: Curse of the White Knight,” the followup is an eight-issue mini-series that will release on July 24 under DC’s Black Label imprint. Black Label is reserved for standalone, out of continuity stories that tend to be a bit more mature, like Batman: Damned, which maybe got a little too mature.
White Knight put a unique spin on the familiar, showing what would happen if the Joker got his sanity back and became good, and then Batman became the bad guy. Now, the sequel sees the Joker still sane but with an axe to grind against the Dark Knight. He teams up with a new, savage version of Azrael to expose a shocking Wayne family secret, putting Batman in a bad spot where he’s unable to hide from the horrifying truth.
Azrael as we know him is an ally of Batman, so Murphy is putting another dark spin on a familiar hero.
On coming up with a compelling story for this sequel, Murphy told IGN, “Jack Napier almost took everything from Batman–but that was nothing compared to what Joker and Azrael have planned. Not only are they planning on destroying the Dark Knight, but they’ll undo the Waynes in way you never thought possible. For Curse of the White Knight, I wanted to do a historical story about the Waynes in Gotham. And talk about how deeply both he and Joker are tied to the city. Gotham seems to be perpetually cursed by crime–this story talks about that curse, and how it’s linked to the founding of Gotham Village in 1665.”
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