Comic Review: Batman: Beyond the White Knight #3 (DC Comics)

Harley’s daughter is missing, and the only one that could find her is Bruce Wayne, and the A.I. integrated ghost of Jack. In the midst of it all, Terry Mcguiness […]

Harley’s daughter is missing, and the only one that could find her is Bruce Wayne, and the A.I. integrated ghost of Jack.

In the midst of it all, Terry Mcguiness roams the towers of Neo-Gotham as Batman, running operations for Powers, only to discover that someone had a hand in his father’s death. The murderer that caused it is none other than Bruce Wayne! It’s a race against time as past and present collide!

After witnessing the dynamic and aftermath that occurred in the previous issue, Murphy goes deeper into the life that Bruce had since the events of Curse of the White Knight. One of the biggest highlights of this issue is the dynamic between Jack and Batman, two old foes that were once at each other’s necks are now working together (mentally) to search for Jackie as they navigate the terrain of Neo-Gotham. Whether it is the handling of Bruce and Harley as a former item, or Terry learning to use his iconic suit, Murphy gives full investment to the characters, the stakes, and the world that they inhabit.

It is a rewarding experience for readers who have been following the Murphy-verse line of books, where they get to witness characters that develop, change in a manner that is earned. What makes this issue so enjoyable is how much time readers get to spend with the cast of characters, seeing the wheels turn and how it all connects. Readers get to see Powers’ influence on Neo-Gotham, and how it all led to the present state of events. It’s enriching as a book given that the subject matter that Murphy has tackled before in the previous installments in regards to the flaws of the justice system are still intact. It is accessible to longtime readers and new readers that have never read the previous installments yet provides a jumping-on point that is refreshing and easy to follow.

Murphy continues to remind readers of his craftsmanship as an illustrator, delivering strong, stylistic linework and layouts that live up to the iconicism that his work has garnered ever since he birthed this universe. With masterful layouts coupled with Dave Stewart’s complimentary colorwork and Andworld Design’s lettering, it’s another solid issue in this series. I highly recommend adding this book to your pull list for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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