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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Batman – White Knight | Comics

The maniacal Clown Prince of Crime is finally cured of his insanity and tries to right his wrongs by saving Gotham City from Batman!

On the gates of Arkham Asylum, a Batmobile stops by and a person comes out of it to meet a patient, Batman. The guards escort him inside and as they update the man named Jack Napier about The Dark Knight, he simply asks the imprisoned vigilante to help him.

Flashback to a year prior, The Joker was on the run as Batman was chasing him in his Batmobile throughout the city with Batgirl at his side. During the pursuit, the clown makes him endanger public life by making him recklessly go through construction sites and rooftops. Nightwing saves a worker on the go and even one security guard was knocked off by the Bat when he was fanatically chasing the clown.

Following a brief taunting, these two arch-enemies start a fight in an empty building of the industrial district where the clown argues about the duality of their relationship and how his sanity is kept in check by fighting crime. At one point he pushes Batman too far pointing out the tragedy of his life and the young sidekicks only to be beaten more viciously.

The Joker takes out some pills he believes will cure him and the Caped Crusader shoved the whole package down his throat in front of GCPD, Jim Gordon, Det. Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya, effectively leaving him chocked while a woman filmed the scene.

The city breaks out in two fractions; some arguing over condemning Batman after the Hail Mary chase he put throughout Gotham and some still believing in him after the video of their fight was leaked and gone viral. Even Gordon and Bullock argues on whether they are on the right side before Batgirl arrives to check on the condition of the clown.

Bruce is confronted by Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon in Wayne Manor about his recent display of near-psychotic fits of rage, because his behavior doesn't seem alright. He then opens a secret door to passage downstairs where they see a dying Alfred Pennyworth lying on a bed and Bruce has enlisted the help of Victor Fries AKA Mister Freeze.

While he is deeply upset about his father-figure lying in a dying state, he goes back to check on Joker and then leaves abruptly. Jim Gordon meets the mayor in City Hall and Doctor Leslie Thompkins gives her report on the patient, Jack Napier has recovered and fully sane now. Although Gordon suspects that he is faking it, Leslie confirms him it to be otherwise.

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Batman – White Knight | Comics

With his newfound sanity, he is also working full-time on his legal case to file charges against Batman and GCPD. In a meeting with the cops, he gets out of his handcuffs and calmly explains how he can pin charges against them if he wants by going to trial, which he will win and claims that he is going to save Gotham from Batman as its White Knight.

In his trial, Jack Napier opens up about his recovery and how he was always a criminal who started with a bank robbery but was accused of committing murder or at least, the police never could show any evidence and been labeled as a super-criminal anyway.

He accuses the gatekeepers of Gotham to use his unstable mental condition as an excuse to scare the taxpaying Gothamites and used him as a source of revenue. With that, he walks free from trial due to lack of evidence and vows to eradicate vigilantism from the city.

He then goes back to Harley Quinn and although joyous to see him, she is almost immediately disgusted to see him not a psycho in makeup anymore. Napier apologizes to her for his years of abuse and negligence before proposing to marry her to make things right. She gut-punched him to the floor, only get kicked off by Harleen Quinzel.

It seems Harley left long ago and now came back to take him back with Bud and Lou. They catch up on their old days that are full of excitement but she was always blindsided by his obsession with The Dark Knight. Things went too far when Harley found him torturing Robin down in their basement and contacted Batman to get help without delay.

He beats down the maniac with an inch of his life before sending him to Arkham but they never found Jason Todd, ever. Even Napier couldn't remember what he really did to the Boy Wonder as The Joker. He wants to move on asks her help to rebuild Gotham together.

He calls for a meeting of his former colleagues including Baby Doll, Bane, Killer Croc, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Roxy Rocket, Scarecrow, Scarface/Ventriloquist, The Riddler and Two Face only to trick them into becoming his mind-controlled puppets with hat of Mad Hatter, by using Clayface as a signal conduit for a grand scheme to frame the Caped Crusader.

As planned, he unleashed an army of super-villains on the streets and police gave them chase before the Bat-Family arrived on scene. Wrecking havoc throughout the city, they are lured to the planned site of a library for Backport and it collapsed onto Batman. He came out badly injured and his life was saved at a great cost of a loved one.

Refusing to let go of the chance for Jack Napier to embrace The Joker persona once again, the Harley pretender suits up in an all-new avatar to get her lover back and finds out about the scheme Jack is playing and with help from Hatter, she managed to turn the tables.

Apparently, the pretender was a depressed banker named Marian Drews, who met The Joker during a bank robbery and became a part of his life. Now that he is gone, she intends to get him back and debuts as Neo Joker. She unleashes a crisis on Gotham that even Jack Napier sees no other way to save the city without the help of his archenemy.

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To take the role of writer and artist, DC Comics hired Sean Murphy (Hellblazer – City of Demons, Year One – Batman/Scarecrow) for the eight-issue limited series title "White Knight" that started back in 2017 and ended in 2018, which is primarily focused on one of Batman's worst villains and instead of portraying him as a maniac, it reflects on a side no one saw before as he ascends to sanity.

The long-running debate regarding the vigilante methods of Batman has crossed a few lines and it helped The Joker/Jack Napier to portray as a villain. Harleen Quinzel also played an important role to the overall plot and a huge ensemble of villains from Gotham showed up for a major clash with the Bat-Family and members of GCPD.

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Unexpected Peace Offering

A fine nod to the poorly received Batman and Robin movie from 1997 and "The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel are probably there regarding the fate of the trusted Wayne family butler Alfred Pennyworth. Pivotal elements from another popular storyline, "A Death in the Family" subtly played an influence for the ongoing Batman/Joker antagonism over the undisclosed fate of Jason Todd and unveiled new twist.

It appears that, Murphy took great inspiration from the popular TV show of 90's, Batman: The Animated Series and some classic characters like Baby Doll, Roxy Rocket and Veronica Vreeland appeared in the story, reimagined with almost same appearance resembling to the series. The sleek and edgy drawing style of Murphy was an overall refresher and was very well suited match to the dark tone of the story.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Dark Knight III – The Master Race | Comics

Three years have passed since anyone seen The Dark Knight of Gotham City and other heroes have retreated while a Master Race rises.

The Dark Knight has been gone after the fall of Lex Luthor's tyrannical reign and demise of a Joker-like Dick Grayson, who was hell-bent on killing off elderly heroes. Batman has been gone off the grids for three years now and Bruce Wayne is also nowhere to be found. Because of his long absence, many believe that he is dead and not coming back this time.

Someone enters the Batcave to shatter down a display case where the Batsuit was hanging and took it. Suddenly, images of a shrouded figure beating up trigger-happy cops chasing an unarmed suspect blows up on media, who appears to be Batman.

In a forest, Wonder Woman is fighting a giant Minotaur while holding her young son Jonathan on her back to save the natives from it. Upon defeating the creature, Diana heads back to Paradise Island for a sparring session with her daughter Lara, only to learn that she is gone.

Always questioned about her inheritance, she finds Superman inside the Fortress of Solitude, who has willingly frozen himself on an icy throne. Hearing noise, Lara discovers the Bottle City of Kandor, which she then takes to Ray Palmer AKA The Atom and asks for his help to restore the shrunken city of Kandor.

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The Dark Knight III – The Master Race | Comics

The Mayor hired a P.R. firm to handle the situation as Commissioner Ellen Yindel is being bombard with question from journalists regarding her thoughts on the return of Batman. Later, as she was thinking about current situation, a sighting of the vigilante alarmed her. With cops in pursuit, the mysterious figure violently fights back when surrounded.

After the angry mob of police was done beating, Yindel unmasks the person and it turns out to be Carrie Kelley in Bat costume, who used to be former Robin. Commissioner asks Carrie about Bruce Wayne's whereabouts and she claims him to be dead.

A badly-beaten Carrie is taken into custody for interrogation but Commissioner Yindel had no success at all. While transferring her to Blackgate, the tank-like Batmobile comes crushing at her rescue and she escapes in it. She returns to Batcave to see Bruce Wayne standing over, waiting for her arrival.

Lara approaches Doctor Palmer with a resident of Kandor named Baal seeking help to restore their city. Ray reveals that his past attempts gone horribly wrong to Lara and Baal but then she storms off hearing her mother's call. When returned to new Amazon city, she engaged in sparring with her mother.

Upon calibrating his shrinking tech and required variables about Kryptonian physiology, Ray takes the Bottle City of Kandor in a desert and brought back Kandor citizens in full-size. He then realized many of them were dead at the hands of a fanatic cult led by Baal's father Quar. Ray is shrunk using his own technology and stepped over by Baal.

His father then obliterates the bottle city and its remaining inhabitants for not following him. Quar makes a demand to the world that he and his followers are to be accepted as Gods or perish. Realizing he is too old to fight them, Bruce pays a visit to Fortress of Solitude.

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Following the ground-breaking success of "The Dark Knight Returns" and "The Dark Knight Strikes Again", writer Frank Miller (300, Ronin) returned with third installment of The Dark Knight Trilogy from DC Comics in 2017 after it started in 2015. Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman – Blood, Wonder Woman – Guts) also helped Miller devise a more balanced plot this time than his past efforts of writing senseless superhero violence.

Artist Andy Kubert (Before Watchmen – Nite Owl, Damian – Son of Batman) draws core story from all issues while Klaus Janson returned to work on tie-in shorts, also set on the same alternate reality of Earth-31 from DC Multiverse.

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The Master Race Rises

Whereas "The Dark Knight Returns" kind of expected all readers to assume the worst have happened to our vigilante hero before they even began and "The Dark Knight Strikes Again" just started throwing things at us without any explanation, DKIII actually tries to dive slightly deeper than before while leaving possibilities for a sequel.

Aside from regular primary character of this series, AquamanThe FlashGreen Lantern Hal Jordan, Hawkman and Hawkgirl appeared throughout the story. Hopefully, we will see young Jonathan grow up to be Superboy as his elder sister becomes a Supergirl in this brave-new world.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nightwing – Better Than Batman | Comics

Lately, Dick Grayson has seen a great deal. He was captured by Crime Syndicate, who revealed his identity to the world and Batman told him to go undercover. So, Dick joined a covert spy organization called Spyral as Agent 37 and using a satellite, he was eventually able to make the world forget who he really was except for his few friends. Leaving Huntress behind, he got back in Gotham City and get along with Damian Wayne.

At Batcave, Dick removed a hidden bomb from Damian's skull with a device he got from Midnighter, which was planted by the Parliament of Owls during "Robin War". Since they think they own Nightwing by blackmailing him using Damian, Dick decides to return to them and keep playing. Meanwhile, Lincoln March is declared rogue among his circles and is immediately replaced.

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The Parliament wants Nightwing to take care of a business regarding an outlaw thief called Raptor, whom they hired and he has to fly to Russia to assist him for a mission to take out Kobra Cult. In their first meeting, Raptor gave Nightwing a beating to prove that he is the one in charge here.

Then they both head to a hijacked ship in Black Sea, which belongs to a parliament member and busted it from Kobra. Afterwards, they are sent over to Norway on their next assignment, when Raptor surprises Nightwing by asking if he wants to bring the Owls down because he is also playing a long game here. Without saying anything, Dick tags along but before they complete the task, they got company from Batgirl, which makes things less comfortable than it already was.

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The journey of Nightwing gone a bit hectic after the events of "Forever Evil" and he moved from the track of playing superhero to play a spy. With the "DC Rebirth" in full swing, the character is back again with his own monthly ongoing title and "Better Than Batman" is the first story arc of the series from DC Comics. Upon returning from his misadventures of being a spy, Dick Grayson returns as an agent of Parliament of Owls and gets into some new mishap.

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The storyline collects issues #01-04, 07-08 as well as the one-shot Nightwing: Rebirth issue, penned out by writer Tim Seeley (Grayson – Agent of Spyral, Grayson – We All Die At Dawn) and artist Javier Fernandez (Magneto – Infamous, Magneto – Reversals). Artist Ivan Reis (Blackest Night, Sinestro Corps War) also provided a few variant cover throughout the issues. Following this arc, Dick Grayson starred in "Night of the Monster Men" and "Back to Blüdhaven".
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Batman – Endgame | Comics

While still dealing with an exposure to Fear Toxin from Scarecrow recently in form of vivid nightmares, Bruce Wayne was slowly catching up to his loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth and his daughter Julia Pennyworth in one of his Bat-bases. When these three were catching up, Wonder Woman suddenly comes crushing out of nowhere, pushing Bruce against the wall and then taking him to the Robinson Park while stating her and the League’s intent to kill him. It led him to instruct Alfred for proceeding with his plan "Fenrir".

A cloud of gas is released throughout Gotham covering almost ten square blocks and people were panicked for an evacuation. Upon clearing the area, Bruce gets into a brawl with Diana in his Justice Buster suit and pummeling her hard as she does not hold back. She is taken down by a relic and before he catches a break, it quickly turned into a street fight with the arrival of Aquaman and Flash. He was prepared for Cyborg or Green lantern to show up after defeating this two but the worst has yet to come. He was hoping for Superman not to show up but the Man of Steel made his grand entry eventually.

From Gotham Royal Theater, this super-human brawl between Batman and Superman broke in and got out of hands soon. His extended grin followed by a maniacal laugh revealed that it has all been orchestrated by The Joker, who’s behind all these mess and has returned once again. In spite of his efforts, Big-Blue couldn't shake off and The Dark Knight goes all in before finishing it off with a Kryptonite gum just to restrain his overpowered opponent. Batman barely got out alive from at the end of the fight with a rogue Superman using numerous feats at his disposal but left devastated in the end.

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Batman – Endgame | Comics

After taking care of his friends in Justice League, he goes back to Batcave suggesting Alfred and Julia to go into hiding but they both decided to stay and help. Looking for clues, Bruce visits the ruins of Arkham Asylum and came across Eric Border, who starts catching up of the old times. He traps Batman into Joker's cell and slowly reveals himself to be the Clown Prince of Crime, who's been hiding in plain sight all along. Locking him up there Joker released an airborne "Joker Toxin" to infect the whole city with his insanity.

The Clown assures to a Caped Crusader in his paralysis from the gas that he won't stop at nothing this time. Back in Batcave, it took all of his will to shake off the effects on him only to learn a city-wide spread of madness by the gas and Alfred was unable to come up with an antidote as Joker is using something unique this time. So, looking for patient zero to find a solution, Batman quickly heads to look for him in Gotham Presbyterian Hospital and informs Jim Gordon about it asking if he knows anything about it.

As The Dark Knight gets busy with infected horde, Gordon starts going through old records for history of tragedies it had in past, where he finds Joker's face in the background in many photos of incidents. The then maniac attacked Jim Gordon at his home but got shot at heart only to come back shortly when Gordon was making a call and stabbed him with an axe before addressing Batman on phone by his real name. Then he intrudes the Batcave and had an encounter with Alfred that would surely leave a mark on one of them.

Back at the hospital, Batman finds out his parents' killer Joe Chill is patient zero to his surprise and he finds himself in a mock-up situation of that night in Crime Alley, where a boy named Duke Thomas takes his place. Batgirl, Bluebird, Red Hood and Red Robin as well as super-villains like Bane, Clayface, Killer Croc, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Mister Freeze and Scarecrow comes forward to make a last stand for Gotham. After saving Duke, The Dark Knight goes to seek out and face the Clown for one last time.

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Since the beginning of The New 52 from DC Comics, the duo of writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Superman Unchained) and artist Greg Capullo (Haunt, Spawn) has been proving themselves not only as one of the finest collaborators in the comic-book industry but they also are one of the best creative team for a Batman monthly ongoing series ever. Following the massive build-up of The Dark Knight’s Prime Earth mythology, Batman’s greatest enemy, The Joker is back for business and not fooling around. Derived mostly from the second publication of Batman series from issue #35-40, "Endgame" storyline also contains some tie-in issues to be added for the reading.

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The Pale Man Triumphant

Major stories like Court of the Owls, Death of the Family and Zero Year are also hinted in certain points of the plot and many fan-favorite heroes and villains made their appearance in this tale! The part Nightwing plays in Batman's plan against the maniac was also twist even he didn't expect. Showing up in all the old press photo background to indicate he has been out there for a while and probably even immortal, The Joker really played a dark prank on many good-guys. Following this arc, the maniacal clown does not return until the ushering of "DC Rebirth" and his origin got revised a bit.
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