Comic Book Review

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

Batman: Last Night On Earth #1

Art by: Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo

Cover by: Greg Capullo

Variant cover by: Jock

Written by: Scott Snyder

DC Comics

2019

 

Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane.

And…he was never Batman.

So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it…

From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of “Court of Owls” to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH, published at DC’s standard comic trim size.

This could be the last Batman story ever told…

Now, I’ve never been a ravenous fan of Batman, but I’ve been reading, and enjoying him, pretty much all my life. We’ve gone through some ups and downs together, and while he’s never really made my top five list, I do consider myself a fan. I say all of this to give you some context, so that it has some weight when I say this – The first 15 pages of this story are some of the best Batman I’ve ever read.

Now, I’m not going to spoil anything – I want you to read this one – but I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve joked about this very scenario with your friends, just like I have. And it’s great to see it in the comics. It’s even better than I thought it might be, even though I thought we’d never see it. Of course, we’ll have to see what’s really real at the end of the series, and I don’t expect much of what we’ve seen will be what we thought it was, but the ride is damn good.

In fact, my one complaint about this one, is that the chosen means of telling the story make it purposefully hard for the reader to keep up. As reality shifts for the characters, the readers are left with huge jumps between points of views and settings, and has to guess which parts of each are going to be real. I do have faith it’ll all make sense, as much as the convoluted comic universe ever does, in the end, but I HATE that feeling that I flipped two pages at once and missed something.

 

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

The Batman story I've always wanted. It's a fantastic story marred by scene jumps that confuse and bewilder, but once it all starts to come together, it's worth every panel.

8.7
Art:
9
Direction:
8
Story:
9

Brian has been reading comics since January, 1987, when the death of Optimus Prime rocked his young world. Once a regular presenter on The Nerdstravaganza Podcast, Brian now writes for Florida Geek Scene.

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