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Review – Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 (DC Comics)

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1
Overall
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8.5/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
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Summary

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion
Colorist: FCO Plascencia
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 29, 2019

The Earth is in shambles, heroes have gone underground, and Bruce Wayne is locked up in Arkham Asylum being told he was never the man they call Batman!

 

What if It All Never Happened? Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Younger than what he should be and surrounded by people he thought were his enemies. But now they are saying they are here to help. That he was never the man they called Batman. Welcome to Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo team up once again to bring Batman into a whole new world. From DC Comics Black Label imprint, enter an Earth destroyed with heroes underground and find out the mystery of the Batman.

Writing

Batman Last Knight on Earth #1 (DC Comics) main cover by Greg Capullo
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 (DC Comics) main cover by Greg Capullo

Scott Snyder dives us back into an “Elseworlds” tale of the Dark Knight. Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 is the first part of an oversized bi-monthly three-part story. Snyder does a superb job of surrounding this story in mystery. From the first page, we are questioning what is happening. Even when things are revealed we are not yet given all the answers.

We do eventually learn what happened to this world and how things got so bad, which is a very interesting and novel twist. We don’t exactly know why Bruce is so much younger-looking yet. I do like how Snyder paces the oversized issue. Breaking it up into chapters slows the issue down somewhat and gives you a little time to think on what you just read.

It is a little hard to judge the story from this first issue. It definitely has me hooked and interested to see where Snyder is taking us. But, I also feel like it needed just a little something more for the first issue. Just maybe a little more reasoning for why this is happening or exactly how it happened. I can’t really talk about it without spoiling it, but I don’t exactly understand the event that caused the world to fall.

Art

DC got the band back together for Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1. The whole crew is back from their original Batman run: Greg Capullo on pencils, Jonathan Glapion on inks and FCO Plascencia on colors. This art team also has worked together a lot on other projects like Reborn.

I am a big fan of Capullo’s penciling work and it looks great, as always, in this series. He has a great eye for character details and designs. He gets to put that to good use in this series. Capullo plays around with a ton of iconic character designs in this alternate future world. It is always fun to see what creators come up with for alternate designs for these characters, and Capullo does not disappoint. I love Capullo’s eye for detail as well. Whether it is different types of clothing and armor or his knack for adding some superb background detail, he really knows how to bring a story to life.

Jonathan Glapion is the perfect inker for Capullo. His thin ink lines and ability to highlight key details are unmatched. Plascencia’s colors also continue to work extremely well. Plascencia does a great job of switching from lighter and darker tones. The settings of the issue switch often and Plascencia does a great job of capturing those locations.

Conclusion

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 is a good start to this three-part mini-series. If you like this creative team’s run on Batman then there is nothing here you shouldn’t enjoy. Snyder weaves an interesting new narrative for the Batman. And the series has a bit of a Head Lopper vibe (no spoilers, but look at the cover). The art team is, once again, fantastic. They catch the tone and feel of this series perfectly. A lot of times these “Elseworlds” stories are some of the best and it looks like this might be one of them.


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