Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 (DC Comics)
DC’s Black Label imprint got off to a pretty shaky start with the release of Batman: Damned last year, but it’s now set to release another monster (though probably less controversial) hit with Batman: Last Knight on Earth. Re-teaming the legendary duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the newest installment of the imprint finds the Dark Knight in a mysterious wasteland world, with no memory of how he got there, what’s happened, and why he has the head of the Joker in a lantern.
So yeah, Last Knight is weird, for sure. But the mysteries of this issue lead to a very compelling read. After getting a little too esoteric with his Justice League run, Last Knight On Earth finds Scott Snyder still in strange territory, but it feels more fitting now that he’s back with Capullo and the Batman, and like the best Snyder/Capullo tales, this one borrows from not only previous Batman tales, but a few from other companies and properties as well. There are shades of “The Last Arkham” storyline from Shadow of the Bat, Marvel’s Old Man Logan, and even a dose of Mad Max peppered in Snyder’s script, and works well for those who have followed his run on the character for years and those that are picking this up for the first time.
Greg Capullo goes with Snyder like chocolate goes with peanut butter, and seeing his take on the Dark Knight is like seeing an old friend. Snyder’s script allows Capullo to really go wild, drawing some truly crazy visuals unlike anything he ever drew during their New 52 run. I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises here, but there’s new depictions of some classic DC superheroes that are sure to become the new favorites for cosplayers.
If this truly is the last Batman story that Capullo and Snyder are telling, then they’re really going out in style. Last Knight On Earth is really an insane ride, and uses the Black Label imprint fully, but it’s not too gratuitous like Damned. This is a fantastic way to spend your hard-earned money, and looks to go done as one of the best, and most unique, Batman stories of the modern era.