Bruce Wayne blames himself [SPOILER]it’s death

Bruce Wayne struggles with the tragic death of one of his most trusted allies in the latest Batman: Beyond the White Knight installment.

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #5 reveals that part of the reason an older Bruce Wayne refuses Barbara Gordon’s help is because he blames himself for his father’s death.

A preview of the issue shows Bruce at the helm of a flying Batmobile, which he discovered in issue #4. Bruce is on a mission to investigate Derek Powers, the billionaire who has taken over his company. When Barbara hacks into the Batmobile’s video console, Bruce refuses her help and also warns her to keep Duke Thomas – now wearing his own Robin costume – away.

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“I corrupted your father by implicating him,” Bruce says when Barbara retorts that as Batman, Bruce once relied on Commissioner Gordon for help. “I won’t do the same to you.”

How did Commissioner Gordon die?

At Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight trilogy, Commissioner Gordon died in the second volume, Batman: Curse of the White Knight. He was killed by Jean-Paul Valley, better known as Azrael, who had been manipulated by the Joker into declaring war on Bruce Wayne. While Gordon and Batman had been through their ups and downs throughout the series, Gordon was aware of Bruce Wayne’s secret identity and his death sent the Bat Family into a spiral. In the end, Batman took it upon himself to donate his entire fortune to Gotham City and turn himself in to authorities after defeating Azrael, with a significant portion of his funds being donated to the police in honor of the memory of Gordon.

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Batman: Beyond the White Knight picks up a decade after its predecessor was shut down, with Bruce escaping from prison once he learns that Derek Powers has used his fortune to turn Wayne Enterprises into a company that profits from wartime profits. While Barbara could have followed in her father’s footsteps and become Gotham’s Chief of Police, it’s clear that Bruce feels guilty enough that he’d rather work with the disembodied voice of Jack Napier than endanger his former protege. .

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #5 is written and illustrated by Murphy, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Andworld Design. The issue includes main and variant covers by Murphy, as well as an additional variant by J. Scott Campbell and Sabine Rich. Batman: Beyond the White Knight #5 goes on sale September 27 from DC Comics.

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