The Batman Murphyverse Expands With ‘White Knight Presents: Red Hood’

by Olly MacNamee

The Batman Murphyverse is expanding with the announcement of White Knight Presents: Red Hood from DC Black Label. The first two issues will be co-written by Sean Murphy and Clay McCormack (Bloody Hel) with art by Simone Di Meo (Future State: Harley Quinn) and colours by Dave Stewart (Batman). The debut issue will be out Tuesday July 26th.

“Bruce Wayne is Batman.” Four words that saved Jason’s life and destroyed his future forever. Banished by his mentor and damaged by The Joker, the former Robin is left to become something different, something stronger, a relentless force for justice in the city…Red Hood! With nobody to answer to, he walks the dangerous line between hero and villain. That is until he meets Gan, a local girl from East Backport who needs his help to save her neighborhood from a super-criminal terrorizing its citizens. And she’s willing to fight alongside him, whatever it takes! 

So, why this new miniseries? Murphy explains:

“People have been asking me for years about Jason Todd in the White Knight universe. We are trying to reinvent Jason into the Beyond timeline, while also honoring what made him so compelling for readers in the first place. In Batman: White Knight Presents: Red Hood, there’s definitely a grudge between Jason and Grayson and Batman’s two oldest sons will have to find ways to put their differences behind them in order to save Bruce.”

McCormack added:

“It’s a thrill for me to help shape the White Knight universe alongside two masters like Sean and Simone. Jason’s road is very rough, no matter the universe, and we definitely put him through the ringer here. He’s a hot head with a Batman-sized chip on his shoulder, so giving him an apprentice who has a much sunnier outlook on Batman creates a frustrating contrast for Jason, and plenty of fun for the reader.”

Di Meo also had his say on this collaborative new project:

“Working with Sean and Clay is really inspiring, and working with two professionals like them can only help to improve my work. Creating a new Robin is something really exciting to work on, the emotionality of making choices and the relationship with Jason.  I can’t wait for fans to be able to see it.”

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