Writer/Art/Cover Sean Murphy
Colors Matt Hollingsworth
Letters AndWorld Design
Gotham is one of the oldest cities in the DC canon. Not only in publication, but also in canon. Having roots to the Batman lore all the way to prehistory in a cave with a giant bat pelt. With this first issue of Curse of the White Knight, Sean Murphy intends to shed some light on some of the deeper myths surrounding Gotham and its origins. Throwing on us a ride into a gothic yet colorful history.
We are tossed straight into the book with a showdown in what appears to be the 1600s. Three men garbed in colonial-era attire. One in white holy robes with bright red crosses, one in aristocratic red petticoat and founding father man bun, and the last in swashbuckling white blouse. After a short scuffle, we learn the aristocrat is General Laffy Arkham fighting Lord Wayne and company. Laffy warning Lord Wayne of the demons that lurk in the woods of Gotham Valley. Unbothered, Lord Wayne drives a sword through his heart, pushing Laffy down a well where he falls to his doom.
Cut to present day Arkham Asylum where the Joker is talking with the warden about his means of escape. Batman and the GCPD arrive on the scene to investigate, where they find the human remains dating back to the 1600s.
This book one of this black label title is very interesting. I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to historical links to the modern way things are. The artwork takes on a gothic tone, even going as far as to give Bruce almost a Dracula style collar to match his cape. I like the brilliant set up that this first book clearly is. Its clearly written to keep you at the edge of your seat for the next installment and the technique is certainly working.