Recently, I explained the Brilliance of Batman: White Knight in anticipation of Batman: Beyond the White Knight – coming March 29th, 2022. Now, let’s dive into the next book in the series:
There’s a lot of excellent art, writing, and all around fantastic Batman storytelling in Batman: Curse of the White Knight. But since we’re devoted to talking about Harley, we’re going to focus on her and the roles of her relationships to others within this story.
Spoiler warning! There will be Curse of the White Knight spoilers in this post. So don’t proceed if you haven’t read it and want to avoid spoiling it.
When Batman first gets to Harley in Batman: Curse of the White Knight, his excellent detective skills pick up on something – Harley is very pregnant. And with that development, she isn’t particularly interested in helping Batman interrogate the Joker. She believes Jack is gone, and all that’s left is the Joker, and with the twins on the way, she wants to stay away from him.
A beloved scene in Curse is between a very pregnant Harley and a full Bat-gear Batman, where Batman helps Harley assemble cribs as they talk.
“I won’t let him hurt you, Harley. I promise.”
Harley trusts Bruce, and goes to the interrogation to assist. The trust being built between Harley and Bruce is a beautiful, blossoming thing that sparks a lot of what is to come in this series – and it’s something I am a huge fan of. He treats her with his identity, takes her in, and even helps brings the twins into the world.
Beyond just the connection with Batman/Bruce Wayne, there are developments between herself and Jack/Joker. She faces the Joker with Batman, and again with the twins after they’re born, and finally manages to pull Jack back out from the Joker when Batman isn’t around.
Joker ends up escaping Arkham and kidnaps the twins from Harley, knowing his weakness is Harley and their children now, and he needs them to lure her out to kill her. This makes Harley furious, making her not only ready to go deal with the Joker, but also bossing Batman around to do so.
This stand off between Harley and the Joker is one of the most emotional and powerful scenes in any Batman comic, not just the White Knight series.
Jack reassures Harley she isn’t helpless like the Joker tries to make her feel, but rather the Joker fears her and that’s why he keeps her down – something I absolutely LOVE.
And from there things, well… escalate. I’ll let you do the reading for that one.
The rest of the book (for Harley at least) revolves around her deep connection she’s developed with Bruce – and how heartbreaking it is for her to lose him now, too.
Batman: Curse of the White Knight beautifully explores the pain of old wounds and Harley’s ability to let in new people in her life that care about her and bring out the best in her. It’s one of the reasons I recommend the White Knight series to Harley fans – her character is given so much depth and respect.
Stay tuned for more White Knight posts, including a review for Beyond the White Knight – coming March 29th!