Batman: White Knight #5

Writer: Sean Murphy Artist: Sean Murphy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 27
8.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Jack's mind and body begin to betray him as he prepares for an inevitable showdown with Batman, and Bruce himself struggles to keep his team united. As the game gets tougher, Batman seeks counsel from a shocking source-and after Wayne Manor is infiltrated, a car chase for the ages aims to curb Napier's supercriminal crew once and for all.

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    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 5, 2018

    Batman: White Knight #5 goes on sale on February 7, 2018. Reserve it now on Comixology. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Sharna Jahangir Feb 8, 2018

    There's so much fighting left to do and I lose my mind each time I read this series! It's commentary on social politics and social relationships stand true even at this time. Murphy and colorist Matt Hollingsworth are killing it in issue #5, making it not hard to fall in love at all. Reading it, you can tell it's a personal issue as he pulls in realistic moments and perspective. How many monsters have been loved? And how many heroes have been tortured in silence? Read Full Review

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    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Feb 7, 2018

    Honestly, I continue to lose my shit with every issue of this series that is released. If you havent read it yet, you really need to sort your life out. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jeremy Joanes Feb 7, 2018

    White Knight continues to be one of the most engaging and thrilling Batman tales we've had in recent years that will go down as a classic if it can manage to stick the landing. Its social awareness and engrossing characters are only rivaled by its gorgeous art. If you haven't been following this series and you're looking for a superhero comic drenched in well written social commentary, you owe it to yourself to give this a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Austin Braun Feb 14, 2018

    This is a title I look forward to reading every month. Sean Murphy's knowledge of the Batman mythos in and out of the comic realm has made for such a unique take on the characters that I see this book becoming an instant classic after being collected in trade. Every issue leaves you wondering what each character is going to do next, and should truly make every reader question who he is actually rooting for. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Feb 8, 2018

    The first half of this issue sets up the emotional tension between Batman and those slowly turning on him — including, dare I say, all of us reading — and the end is another fast-paced mess of chaos as Batman goes super vigilante, playing into Napier's hands with a level of disregard that was once admirable, but now seems short-sighted and the very stubbornness that can make him lose Gotham for good. Overall, this series continues to be the most clever spin on Batman I've read in a long time. Batman: White Knight is a beautifully dark and emotional thrill ride for not only Batman, but all his closest characters. Read Full Review

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    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Feb 7, 2018

    New perils are emerging for everyone in Gotham. This issue brilliantly reminds us why we should always trust Batman and slaps us for even thinking otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Michael D Feb 7, 2018

    Some final bits worth mentioning is that Murphy knows how to make Poison Ivy scary. The sight of a pink robe wearing Bruce screaming “hooligans!” is worth the price of admission alone. Murphy can draw the best car chases. I want a book where it’s just one giant car chase illustrated by Murphy. Lots to enjoy, pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 7, 2018

    It's hard not to like this series due to its highly detailed art and how well it tells the story. Whether or not you dig stories outside of canon will determine if you love this, but you'll still enjoy the interesting ideas and how Murphy can play with Batman motifs the main series just can't do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Feb 7, 2018

    The book concludes with major changes to Batman's role in the story. He has uncovered his familys association with Fries, he is now an outlaw in the eyes of the GCPD and his allies are slowly distancing themselves from him. I have to think we are close to the scene we saw in the first issue where Napier visits Batman in a prison cell. I'm looking forward to learning more about the Wayne family in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 7, 2018

    Sean Murphy continues to impress with a great looking issue that is high on action and has some great character moments.  It is a setup issue to get us revved up before the end, but I can easily recommend to anyone already reading this book.   Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Kat Calamia Feb 8, 2018

    The standout moments of this issue is the interactions Batman has with his family and Harley as he tries to figure out Jack's true evil motives. It's a hard accomplishment, but through these scenes Murphy is able to play with Batman's familiar dynamics in a new and fresh way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Feb 7, 2018

    Writer Sean Murphy has turned Bruce Wayne's world upside down, and he's done the same to the reader, planting convincing doubts as to who's right in all this. Read Full Review

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    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Feb 8, 2018

    Featuring some of this series's strongest character work,White Knight #5 nevertheless suffers from some lopsided scripting. Murphy's best work comes early, and while the latter portions are still good, they feel like a letdown after such a satisfying appetizer. That said, it's never bad, and the artwork is never less than stellar, so even as a low(er) point,Batman: White Knight #5 is still worth every penny. Read Full Review

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    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Luis Cruz Feb 8, 2018

    Batman's obsession with Jack is taking its toll. Jack's body is failing as they move forward to their inevitable showdown. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 7, 2018

    There are interesting ideas here, but the series feels stuck in neutral with only three issues left. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Feb 7, 2018

    The things that work in Batman: White Knight #5 work really well. Murphy offers a highly personal and stylized spin on these popular characters. In fact they even balance out the aspects that don't necessarily work as well such as Neo-Joker and Bruce's connection to the Nazi's. But all of this is contingent on the unknown; mainly will the old Joker resurface or is Jack Napier here to stay? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nihilist Feb 7, 2018

    Batman: White Knight, if it keeps its current quality of storytelling, will most definitely make history and become one of the most important modern Batman stories. It's mesmerising, and what makes me even happier with this particular issue, is how much depth and development both Harleys get. They're supporting characters, giving Batman and Jack proper background, but their writing hasn't been nearly as good since The Mad Love. They're taken seriously, and Sean Murphy isn't afraid to flesh them out, contrary to Palmiotti and Conner, whom used Harley's accent as a punchline for everything, in between soap opera drama and forgettable action scenes. Their motivations are believable, and naturally same applies to Batman and Jack, the leading st more

  • 8.0
    Dispatchdcu Feb 7, 2018

    We see the pills are effecting Jack so I see him turning back before the end.

    Iwe see Batman getting angry and confused that no one seems to understand what the Joker is doing. He's upset everyone can't see that Joker is playing them. And for the first time throughout the arc, I agree with Batman. I feel like we were lead to believe that Joker is the good guy in the story and Batman is the villain. But I think the M-night shamalamadingdong twist is that Batman was always the good guy and the joker played everyone including the reader.

    If I'm right, the book goes from a B to an A+. I hope that's the direction this is going.

    Again, the Wayne's being connected to Nazis... just plays more into the reader think more

  • 9.5
    Bleemak Feb 8, 2018

    Amazing book. The scene between Harley and Batman is the best thing about this book.

  • 9.0
    SloboSOY Feb 8, 2018

    A new issue of Batman White knight ... The last comics of the thirteen I read this week (Without counting 3 tpbs).
    We have some moment between Harley & Jack. Between Batman & Nightwing. Between Batman & Harley. And in the center the other harley who call herself Neo Joker. I loved the Bruce impression of he rich & scared golden boy (Even Neo joker find it weird).
    This is a very great story. I liked that Freeze know well who is Bruce & how they Murphy explain that Batman is now wanted.
    I will miss this univers at the end of Murphy run.

    Cover - A very nice cover, but i feel like that should have been one for the previous issue. 1/2
    Writing - Murphy keep up with this amazing story. And I like how he use each char more

  • 8.0
    bucswin611 Feb 7, 2018

    What it lacked character development, it made up for with an amazing Sean Murphy car chase that is not to be missed.

  • 8.0
    Herushalaim Feb 8, 2018

    Batman: White Night is an interesting idea but I think that it's going a bit too long. I feel like there was almost too much reliance on the concept. It turns out that when the Joker isn't insane and evil, he's not the most interesting character. And the politics of Gotham aren't very interesting, either, to me. They're pretty standard, actually, compared to any other politically inclined comic coming out. Luckily, I think things are finally starting to move forward again with issue 5. We get more focus on superheroics and characterization instead of politics. It made me like New Harley a bit more. I'm interested to see how this all turns out. I figure Joker is still the bad guy. He's already done morally questionable things, like destroyin more

  • 10
    Melkor Apr 14, 2018

    OH MY %#&*! It's reallly impresive story arc

  • 9.5
    TheImageIsStrong Feb 13, 2018

    One of my favorite series at the moment. SGM and Hollingsworth are a great team and this series just gets better with each passing issue.

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    Nobodyisemo Feb 12, 2018

    This is why most artists shouldn't write their own books. The plot is almost nonsense and has mostly been treading water for three issues.

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