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Batman: Beyond the White Knight #7 (of 8)

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After a freak accident, Derek Powers has been transformed into the super-villain Blight!

With his metahuman abilities, he’s more powerful than ever and it’s only a matter of time before Gotham becomes his forever.

The Wayne family’s reign is over unless the heir to the name, Bruce, and his found family of heroes can figure out a way to take Powers down.

Find out what’s next for Neo-Gotham in this thrilling penultimate issue!

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Print Lenght
40 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Batman: Beyond The White Knight #7 is right up there with the previous issue, and I cannot wait to see what issue eight has in store for us!
  • 96

    Batman on Film

    We only have one more issue of this series, and it’s bittersweet. On one hand, I can’t wait to see how everything comes together. On the other, it’s the last time we know we’re getting another chapter in this universe. I’m not ready to say goodbye yet.
  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An intense, emotional and exciting story frim Murphy. The action is awesome, the plot has great energy and pacing and I love the build up throughout the issue to an amazing moment with Bruce and his allies. The Powers threat allows for some thrilling surprises and I cannot wait to see how this story comes to a conclusion. The Art: Murphy delivers some powerful and beautifully detailed art throughout the issue with fantastic and visually thrilling action mixed in with great character moments.
  • 90


    Batman: Beyond the White Knight #7 doesn't miss a beat, giving us some good character moments and bringing together the series threads in an exciting way, all setting the stage for the final issue.
  • 90

    Sean Murphy, Dave Stewart, and Andworld Design have created such a stunning and unique corner of the Batman universe in White Knight, and frankly, I'm sad that another chapter is about to come to a close. If the finale hits as hard as this though, we're in for something truly special.
  • 80

    Geek Dad

    The penultimate issue of this long-running alternate universe delivers some of the best action of the entire series. (...) There are some genuinely emotional moments, but the entire subplot of the ghostly/holographic Joker who has been haunting Bruce continues to be a weird vestigial tail for the franchise that takes on another strange element this month.
  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 40


    I’ve listened to interviews with Sean Gordon Murphy. He seems like a genuinely good guy who cares about listening to his fans as well as his critics. But I have to say, as someone who loved the White Knight universe when it started, this strikes me as a universe that has long run its course. I’m truly hoping that the final issue for this run really is the end for the entire White Knight universe.
  • 0

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

    Are people tired of the White Knightverse yet? I mean I was never not tired of it, but I’m hoping that just maybe other people are getting sick of the same one-trick pony it’s been from day one. “Haha here’s good guy Joker isn’t he a blast?” Don’t worry, even though this version of the Joker is dead, he’s still somehow hanging around as some sort of psychic projection latched onto Bruce’s brain. It would have been a lot better if it was actual hallucinations, but no, it’s an actual possession of sorts, because as of this issue other people can see him now thanks to him possessing the hardware in Terry’s suit and operating a holoprojector from it. This is so stupid.

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About the Author: Sean Gordon Murphy

Sean Gordon Murphy (born 1980) is an American comic book creator known for work on books such as Joe the Barbarian with Grant Morrison, Chrononauts with Mark Millar, American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest and The Wake with Scott Snyder, Tokyo Ghost with Rick Remender, and the miniseries Punk Rock Jesus. He is also the creator of the Murphyverse, writing Batman: White Knight and its sequels Curse of the White Knight and Beyond the White Knight.

Early life

Sean Gordon Murphy was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in late 1980. He showed an interest in comics during grade school. In Salem he apprenticed to local painter and cartoonist, Leslie Swank. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy high school in 1999, and attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and then Savannah College of Art and Design.


Murphy started working professionally before graduating, on titles such Star Wars and Noble Causes, before moving onto various projects for Dark Horse Comics.

Murphy’s comic book work includes the miniseries Batman/Scarecrow: Year One with writer Bruce Jones for DC Comics and the graphic novel Off Road for Oni Press.

He has also had a run on Hellblazer and, also at Vertigo, he is the artist on Joe the Barbarian, with writer Grant Morrison.

In 2005 he published his first original graphic novel, Off Road, which went on to win an American Library Association Award for young adults.

In 2006 Murphy illustrated the Dark Horse miniseries Outer Orbit along with miniseries co-creator, Zach Howard.

Murphy worked on Joe the Barbarian, which was published in early 2010.

In 2012 Murphy wrote, penciled and inked the six-issue, black and white creator-owned Vertigo miniseries Punk Rock Jesus, whose protagonist is a clone of Jesus Christ who starred in his own reality television program as a child, and has grown into a rebellious young man. The miniseries was described as Murphy’s “passion project years in the making”, and focuses on religion and the media in the United States as themes, more complicated issues than Murphy had previously addressed in his work. The series was inspired by Murphy’s reaction to ascendance of Sarah Palin into the national spotlight. Murphy says, “Sarah Palin scared the shit out of me in 2007 — I was floored that someone that ignorant could come so close to being President. And a lot of her comments were about religion, politics, and the media. It made me want to take action, but I was just a comic book artist and I wasn’t sure what I could do. So I started addressing my concerns about these three topics in Punk Rock Jesus. And I felt I really had something, but then Obama was elected and suddenly the need for Punk Rock Jesus was gone. I was an Obama fan, and I’m glad that Palin isn’t anywhere near the nuclear codes, but I felt that I’d missed a window where Punk Rock Jesus would be most relevant. But [the 2012 election] has brought up all my old concerns, so suddenly Punk Rock Jesus feels relevant again.” The series received positive reviews by Comic Book Resources, Weekly Comic Book Review, Bleeding Cool and IGN.

Personal life

Murphy lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Colleen Katana, having moved there from Brooklyn in 2016. Murphy was raised a Catholic, but is now an atheist.

[Latest Update: May 26, 2022]

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