Murphy's Batman: Curse of the White Knight Introduces Azrael

Azrael by Sean Murphy

Superstar comic book creator Sean Gordon Murphy's next project has been announced and its a followup to his popular DC Black Label miniseries Batman: White Knight.

After posting a teaser image with a drawing of occasional Bat-Family ally Azrael, Gotham City's holy protector and one-time replacement Batman, Murphy confirmed his out-of-continuity Batman story would receive a sequel in next year's Batman: Curse of the White Knight. Promotional artwork, drawn by Murphy, is below:

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"My goal with White Knight was to write Gotham as a real city, not a comic book city," explained Murphy in an interview with Paste Magazine announcing the sequel. "I wanted to turn the reader into a citizen of Gotham and pose questions about Batman that we would ask in the real world, like, 'Is Batman a criminal and are the police complicit? Who pays for all the collateral damage when he fights a villain? What kind of white-collar corruption would we expect to see from Gotham’s politicians and business leaders, considering they allow Batman to exist?'"

The previous miniseries had seen the Joker seemingly become reformed and turn to politics, leading a task force against the Dark Knight. With a new, fearsome vigilante in town, the Joker may be forced to trust in unusual allies to take Azrael down. DC Comics' official synopsis for the miniseries along with its first cover, drawn by Murphy and colored by Matt Hollingsworth, is below:

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Batman: Curse of the White Knight Writer/Artist: Sean Gordon MurphyRelease Date: 2019In this explosive sequel to Sean Murphy’s critically acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT, the Joker recruits a savage partner to help him expose a shocking revelation about the Wayne family’s legacy and run Gotham into the ground. As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from this corrupt conspiracy, the mystery of his ancestry unravels and deals a devastating blow to the Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash across history in this unforgettable chapter of the WHITE KNIGHT saga—and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its core!

Written and illustrated by Sean Gordon Murphy, Batman: Curse of the White Knight is expected to debut sometime in 2019 from DC Comics.

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