batman : Beyond The White Knight # 1 is written and illustrated by Sean Gordon Murphy, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Andworld Design. It ’ second published by DC Comics underneath their Black Label impress. Ten years after the events of Batman : curse of the White Knight, Bruce Wayne is serving time in prison while Gotham City has become a near-futuristic megalopolis ruled by militarize police. When adolescent Terry McGinnis liberates a high-tech Batsuit from the ruins of Wayne Manor, Wayne decides it ’ s prison term to break out of prison with the help of his first Robin, Jason Todd .
The White Knight universe has been a source of argument among many Batman fans, myself included. On the one hand, Murphy is one of the most visually give artists working in the clientele today. His White Knight universe mixes elements of versatile Batman media, including the DC Animated Universe and other Batman films. The futuristic Gotham City looks like it was ripped mighty out of Batman Beyond. And that ’ s saying nothing about the character designs ; from Jason sporting a more cyberpunk-influenced translation of his Red Hood helmet to Terry sporting the classic Batman Beyond courtship ( albeit with a few new crimson accents ), this is a book that will burn itself into readers ’ brains retentive after they close the pages. My front-runner image has to be a two-page banquet featuring Terry soaring through the skies of Gotham ; it brings back fond memories of watching Batman Beyond on Saturday mornings .
What truly makes the artwork stand out, though, is Stewart ’ mho colors. Stewart makes heavy use of shadows, giving a black expect to Neo Gotham and Stonegate Prison ; in contrast, a flashback featuring Jason ’ mho time as Batman is given more sepia-toned colors. Andworld ’ s letters feel more slant than regular amusing book inscription, with one exception. When Terry first puts on his Batman become, a aghast police officeholder yells “ BATMAN ? ! ” and the baptismal font is displayed precisely how it appeared in the Batman Beyond claim .
The issue is dependent on readers having picked up Batman : White Knight and Batman : excommunicate of the White Knight – differently, they may feel lose. There ’ sulfur besides the count of versatile members of the Bat-family joining up with the Gotham Terrorist Oppression Unit ; I even don ’ metric ton palpate like it fits Duke Thomas or Jason Todd ( Especially since the latter has always been openly disaffected. ) There ’ mho besides a plot wind on the last foliate that ’ mho groan-worthy in its predictability. however, the opening with Terry is big, particularly as he has a storm raw mentor. One of the best things about Batman Beyond was how Terry found his own way to being Batman with Bruce ’ south avail. immediately that active is flipped on its mind, which could provide an matter to story if Murphy plays his cards correct .
batman : Beyond The White Knight # 1 presents a unique take on the Batman Beyond population, and its visually arresting art makes up for a bumpy report. Hopefully, future issues will continue to explore this newfangled worldly concern and show how Terry grows into the Batman fans know and love .
batman : Beyond The White Knight # 1 is available immediately wherever comics are sold .
Batman: Beyond The White Knight #1
batman : Beyond The White Knight # 1 presents a singular accept on the Batman Beyond population, and its visually stun art makes up for a rough story. Hopefully, future issues will continue to explore this newly world and show how Terry grows into the Batman fans know and love .
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