Comic Review- Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8

Previously- Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula|Coming soon- Red Hood, Vol 1: Dark Trinity

Batman: Curse of the White Knights was written and drawn by Sean Murphy. The colours are by Matt Hollingsworth, with letters by AndWorld Design.

What do you need to have read?
This is the final issue of this series and it’s not the best place to jump in. You can either jump in with Batman: White Knight (highly recommend) or just with Curse from the beginning.

What do you need to know?
Gotham now knows the identity of the Batman, who has teamed up with the GTO to take down Azrael.

The cover image for this issue shows Batman and Azrael fighting. Batman is forced backwards onto the grave of his parents, and in pulling at his cape, strangling him. In his hand he holds a flaming sword.

Remember in the previous issue when Bruce decided to be a team player? Well, that’s gone down the drain pretty quickly. I know he does this from a place of love, but it seems a shame that what felt like character growth had been reneged on. In the grand scheme of DC’s universe, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but I did expect more from Murphy. It will become pretty clear that this was not my favourite issue.

The final fight with Azrael was pretty cool. The two of them end up fighting with rapiers, echoing the flashback story with Edmond Wayne. I enjoyed the fact that things had come full circle, even going as far as to reveal another secret from Valley. Though I might have had my fill of these secrets by now.

I recommend Batman: White Night to absolutely everyone, and one of the reasons I love it so much is because it was very much a story about humanity. It should come as no surprise that my favourite part of this book was the human moment between Dick and Bruce as they discuss their relationship. It’s such a shame that there wasn’t more of this in the series as a whole. I think that’s why I’ve been more detached from Curse that I was with its predecessor and haven’t enjoyed it half as much. It’s been fun but I don’t think it’s been memorable.

Finally, I need to talk about that final page because I am very confused. Just to warn you, I will be getting into heavy spoilers. Bruce is in jail, and a man comes to see him. A man with the name Todd on his army uniform. From the snippets that we got about Jason in White Night, the Joker killed him, as is cannon, but nobody knows what he did with the body. Is this Jason Todd? It doesn’t look like Jason Todd. But if it’s not Jason Todd then who is it? As you can tell I was very confused. I wanted Murphy’s interpretation of Jason Todd, but if this is it… I’m not sure I want it after all.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8 is available from Comixology, Forbidden Planet, or your local comic book store.

In the meantime, why not check out… issue #6, issue #7, and Batman: White Knight

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