Article by John Hammond
It’s safe to say that Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth’s Batman: Curse of the White Knight comic book has been a massive success. I’m sure it is also safe to say that when it takes a brief pause in November, that it will be a bit of a downer. However, all is not lost, as readers can look forward to a new one from these talented creators, alongside legendary artist Klaus Janson, with Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze, a new one-shot title coming in mid-late November.
Readers already fully immersed in the White Knight series know that Victor Fries played an important part in the original run. This one-shot will explore more about his history, his ties to the Wayne family and how, at one point, he saved Bruce. We will also be treated to what happened in his own past and stories about his father figures.
The official description for ‘Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze’…
The Curse of the White Knight saga expands in this special interlude issue! Sean Murphy is joined by artists Klaus Janson and Matt Hollingsworth to tell the tragic tale of White Knight’s Mister Freeze. On the night of Bruce Wayne’s traumatic birth, Victor Fries must intervene to save the lives of Martha Wayne and the future Batman. As the evening unfolds, Victor distracts Thomas with the incredible tale of his own father figures—one a Nazi, the other a Jew—and their complex connection to Wayne Laboratories. As the Third Reich roars into power, the deep friendship and working relationship between the Baron von Fries and his research partner, Jacob Smithstein, is in crisis.
Ordered by Himmler to speed development of their cryo-technology in service of world domination, Smithstein is forced to go into hiding and compromise his moral code in order to save his wife and infant daughter, Nora, from persecution and certain death. When the S.S. ramps up surveillance over the project, young Victor begins to question his father’s true allegiance. Both families are driven toward an impossible choice and a sinister standoff, and Victor makes a pact with Smithstein that will ripple through generations.
Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze, written by Sean Murphy with art by Klaus Janson and Matt Hollingsworth will hit all good comic book shops on 20th November.