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Batman: White Knight Presents - Generation Joker #2 (of 6)

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The children of The Joker and Harley Quinn run straight into terrible danger!

The “innocent” Joker family road trip has taken a turn for the worse. While visiting the place where their parents’ love story began, Bryce and Jackie find themselves trapped…by the daughter of the Ventriloquist! Will they be able to escape this puppet show from hell? Or does the Napier-Quinn line end here?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
29 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    In what seems to be a huge plot point, that’s dangled in front of us with nothing more than a tease, it appears that this story’s evolving into a “How can we revive our dead dad?” As we all know, no one stays dead in comics (Except Uncle Ben and the real Gwen Stacey… sorry, Spidey). Would these naïve children really risk bringing back the most horrific killer in comic book history, just to have some quality time with the dad they never knew? Again, this is just a feeling I’m getting two issues into the series, we may not get to see that. Sean Murphy’s stories change direction like a Batmobile on autopilot, so stay tuned folks!

    The art was good again, I feel the usually instantly recognizable characters are starting to look so different that they felt the need to add name panels for each one, or a hammy piece of dialogue like, “You bet, or my name isn’t Bruce Wayne” (written to avoid a spoiler Bruce didn’t say that). I also get the feeling, from which characters are being introduced, that Sean Murphy still hasn’t read many comic books, he’s just gone back and watched more animated DC shows. I mean I love the shows too, but this is a big deal comic. Some characters mean a lot to us, please don’t treat them as if they never existed.

  • 84

    Batman on Film

    A lot of good stuff here.

    Mirka Andolfo continues to excel with each scene she’s given. I gushed last month about how her style both fits into this universe, yet has its own look. There’s a fun Manga-ness to it to keep the story fun and the characters likable, yet also enough dark coloring and shading to have you on edge that another shock is just around the corner. I hope it’s not the end of the former “Deuces Wild”, as I really enjoyed the puppet show Andolfo has drawn us there these first two issues.

    Overall, another fun chapter, with just the right blend of action and drama to keep us invested, and excited, for the next issue.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    As fun as the idea is, Generation Joker doesn’t really have any right to be anywhere near as entertaining as it is. After all, this is just a few different elements that have been fused together into a road trip action comedy sort of situation. Andolfo’s art brings together a three-person writing team in a way that makes it all feel so vibrant and full of life. It’s just too bad that the artist doesn’t have more room to explore a more dynamic visual range. There’s just way too much going on in every single page.

  • 70

    Geek Dad

    This has been a very different title than the past White Knight stories, focusing on the preteen Bryce and Jackie—Jack Napier’s kids—as they go on the run with an AI of their father to try to get the answers their mother won’t give them. Along the way, they encounter some major threats including Ventriloquist’s deranged daughter and a gang of Joker acolytes, but their part of the story feels a little juvenile at points. It lacks the true sense of danger that Murphy often effectively brought to his stories. Meanwhile, Harley is forced to team up with a half-reformed Neo Joker to try to get her kids back, while Bruce is having a hard time settling into government work. This issue has a few surprising cameos from other government agents besides Diana—John Stewart and Wally West both make their debuts—but overall, this feels like a diversion from the ongoing story while Murphy gets ahead on the next volume’s art.

  • 60


    The entertainment is there. The execution is impressive in its ability to juggle so many stories at the same time. I’m just feeling a bit underwhelmed when I know what this comic looks like when put side by side with Sean Murphy’s stories. Sure Sean Murphy might not have navigated Batman’s world with the most tact but it was bold and brilliant in it’s own right and I still admire the risks taken. Not so much here…

  • 30

    Transitions are nearly non-existent in the pages of Batman: White Knight Presents – Generation Joker. The sequence of events on the page, whether they’re based in action or dialogue, rarely connect in a logical fashion. Instead, cars burst through second floor walls and characters forget what they knew the page before based on the immediate needs of the plot. It makes for a read that is coherent at its very best, but often falls to confusion and vagueness that make it difficult to concern oneself with the events on the page. Joker’s children continue to strike the same notes while being pushed ever forward by a collection of convenient coincidences. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the childrens’ relationship with their father, the Joker. They flit from being dismissive of his presence in one panel to desperately chasing a fool’s hope of resurrecting him in the next; dredging up his horrible crimes and then being shocked at how people remember him. There are evident ideas beneath the mess, but the script and its mediocre execution on the page barely cohere and fail to provide a story deserving of much more than a summary blurb on the Wikipedia page for Batman: White Knight.

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