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"Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Black Label


Written by Scott Snyder
Illustrated by Greg Capullo
Inked by Jonathan Glapion
Colored by FCO Plascencia
Lettered by Tom Napolitano
2019, 59 Pages, $5.99
Comic released on July 31st, 2019


Batman is in the midst of his greatest mystery yet. He has to figure out who destroyed the world. Joining him on this quest is the Joker’s severed head in a jar and a battle-scarred Wonder Woman. He’ll need all the help he can get as he enters the Plains of Solitude and faces off against terrifying versions of some of his biggest villains.

This is where I want to start in this review for Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2. I love artist Greg Capullo’s designs for Batman’s asylum costume, the dystopian warrior women like Supergirl and Wonder Woman, and the Green Lantern corpses in the first issue. Capullo’s talents extend to this chapter as well with what are easily the most frightening interpretations of Bane and especially Scarecrow I’ve ever seen.

The Scarecrow is going to haunt my nightmares for some time. He’s only a torso now, claiming that the new big bad, Omega, has cut away what wasn’t needed. Dr. Jonathan Crane gets around by holding on to Bane’s back. When he does hop off, his robotic fingers extend to carry his decrepit body forward. Those claws end in hypodermic needles.

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Colorist FCO Plascencia fills those needles with an unsettling pink liquid. The Scarecrow’s decaying head is surrounded by the same glow. Every other part of this monster is dirty and grimy, like he’s half a zombie. A shiver went down my spine just describing this guy.

That’s just part of the experience of Batman: Last Knight on Earth. Yes, it can freak me out with designs like this, but at its heart is a victory lap for Capullo and writer Scott Snyder, tying up a number of plot threads they began years ago during their run on Batman in the New 52. This issue explores a few of those, as well as getting to the heart of the Caped Crusader in a super interesting character study.

Bruce Wayne’s mission failed somewhere along the way. His actions led to the creation of this post-apocalyptic world and now he’s given a chance to right those wrongs. Since he doesn’t know all the details (and neither do we), he’s forced to question his next step as he struggles to comprehend this frightening new world.

Taunting him along the way is the Joker, who has become a stalwart companion. Letterer Tom Napolitano uses a haunting yet lilting font for the Clown Prince of Crime. It’s funny to see as a reader, but I’m sure it aggravates Batman to no end. This contrasts with the narration of the story, which appears to come from the Joker too. These caption boxes are presented in a normal font, yet in odd shapes, like they were torn from a journal.

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Oh! I didn’t even mention Superman! This book is so full of content that I can forget for a moment the absolutely insane way that the Man of Steel and Lex Luthor are brought in. I will admit that this gets a little convoluted in terms of setups for a master plan. I don’t know how any of this would work, but this is the DC Universe, so you just kind of go with it. Snyder gets his point across in a way that hits like a punch to the gut. It’s such a harsh reality check as to the status quo of this dystopian future that you have to wonder if it’s worth saving in the first place.

Inker Jonathan Glapion highlights the fine details in Capullo’s work, particularly with Luthor. This once great man appears as a shell of his former self, as if all his past deeds have begun to eat him away from the inside. Glapion emphasizes this with the sunken look on the man’s face, creating dark circles around his eyes.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth is a fascinating and exhilarating road trip through a broken and battered DC Universe. It simultaneously serves as a riveting standalone story as well as the culmination of the impressive run from Snyder and Capullo. Batman is forced to face his biggest failures, questioning his never-ending war on crime through a dark, horrific lens.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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