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"Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Black Label

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Written by Scott Snyder
Illustrated by Greg Capullo
Inked by Jonathan Glapion
Colored by FCO Plascencia
Lettered by Tom Napolitano
2019, 61 Pages, $5.99
Comic released on May 29th, 2019

Review:

After turning in instant-classic Batman stories like Court of Owls, Death of the Family, and Zero Year, where could writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo possibly take the Caped Crusader? The answer, it seems, is to the end. Batman: Last Knight on Earth is the iconic duo's last story featuring the World's Greatest Detective and it's a doozy.

Bruce Wayne wakes up in an asylum with some familiar faces, but not quite what he's used to. He's younger than we've seen before and everything feels a bit off. We're led to believe that his adventures as Batman have all been in his head this entire time. Everythin, from the rogues gallery to the trophies in the Batcave were just figments of his imagination. They're delusions of a mad man.

This is a chilling thought and a great way to start off this series. Snyder explains away everything perfectly, instantly shrugging off any ideas that this might be some effect from the Scarecrow's fear gas or some other enemy. This realization obviously doesn't sit well with Bruce. Imagine being told your whole life was a lie. You'd probably have a hard time accepting that.

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Bruce fashions a Batman costume out of what he has available and the design is amazing. Instead of body armor, the base is a straitjacket with a large W emblazoned on the front. Glass shards make up the points on the gauntlets. The cowl is replaced with a leather electric shock helmet. This is what a crazy Batman looks like.

All of this is just the beginning. We haven't even gotten to the real scary parts of Batman: Last Knight on Earth yet. I won't get into too much detail here, but I'll leave you with two terrifying items: the Joker's talking head in a jar and zombie Green Lanterns pulled by giant baby constructs. There's a lot to take in from this massive debut issue, but those are two of the more frightening stand-outs.

We've seen dystopian versions of the DC Universe before, but none quite like this. Entire imprints could be launched based around this world and how it fell. This is not a bright and shiny reality. This is a dark and dreary landscape full of unspeakable terrors.

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Colorist FCO Plascencia creates a gritty feel to Batman: Last Knight on Earth. You really understand the post-apocalyptic nature of the story. This is a world where the sun doesn't shine. It's constantly overcast or worse. There is no hope here, yet Batman doesn't accept this. He finds the strength to soldier on. Sure, this might be more than a little insane, but he's been through some pretty crazy situations over the course of his life as a vigilante, so we can cut him some slack.

Capullo's artwork is second to none. It's easy to get lost in these pages, poring over the incredible line work and impressive amount of detail. This world feels lived in with all these elements. For example, Wonder Woman has a scar on the left side of her face, marring the beautiful Amazon. What could have done that to a warrior as strong as her?

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The Joker's head serves as this strange narrator for Batman: Last Knight on Earth, cracking jokes and urging the Dark Knight along. Letterer Tom Napolitano uses a chaotic-looking font for the clown prince of crime's speech, with letters that appear in different sizes. We don't know how the Joker's head ended up in the jar, nor do we need to know that yet. For now, it's part of the weird and creepy mystery.

Comics mainly consist of the second act of a never-ending story. We've seen the beginning long ago and we rarely see an end. Batman: Last Knight on Earth feels like an end and it's an amazing one. With all that Bruce Wayne has been through, he deserves one epic sendoff and that's what this is. This is big, scary, and so very awesome. Plus, it's super accessible so anyone can jump in and enjoy, even if you only have a passing knowledge of Batman.

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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