FROM THE PUBLISHER: 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.
This could be the last Batman story ever told…
I’m comfortable calling myself a Scott Snyder fan. I’ve enjoyed almost everything I’ve read by him. I actually love his Endgame story from a while back, it was a perfect Batman vs the Joker tale. I put it up there with Man Who Laughs which is my current favorite. I didn’t even hate the Superheavy storyline. I was okay with it. I knew Bruce would be back at the end and everything would be wonderful again. That said, I’ve always felt his stories should be released in a collected format instead of monthly or bi-weekly. The arcs are usually pretty long, not a bad thing, and can just be hard to keep up with. However, that idea hasn’t ever stopped me from being excited for a new Snyder title. He’s proved himself so worthy that it seems he’s allowed to do whatever he wants now at DC. He’s even responsible for the Batman Who Laughs which is huge right now. Massive applause to the guy! Now, we’ve got his new event titled Batman: Last Knight on Earth.
I wasn’t ready. I really wasn’t.
With comics, I don’t usually read too much about them beforehand because it’s such a quick medium. I read the general synopsis, which I didn’t for this one, and check out the creators. Imagine my surprise when I started reading through it and see the Joker’s head is trapped inside a Red Hood inspired lantern that Batman is carrying around a desert.
I didn’t see that coming to say the least.
But y’know what? That’s not even the nuttiest thing in this book! The book is divided into chapters and comes in at a hefty 56 pages. The story begins with Batman following a strange case accompanied by some heavy narration layered throughout the opening pages. Some very cool, depending on how you look at it, things happen and then Bruce suddenly wakes up in Arkham. This was the first time I said “Uh, whaaat?” while reading the book. Bruce has no memory of how he got there or why of course.
If you’re thinking we’ve seen something like this before, we haven’t. It isn’t the typical “Marquee Character has lost all memory” kinda thing. Snyder is clearly out to make something huge here with the choices he makes in Book One alone. As usual, I’m not going to detail everything that goes on. I stick to a No Spoilers style of review, I’ve decided I have a review style now by the way, and this book is just so strange you don’t want it spoiled. I was glued to this story. It has a nice cast of characters so far, some which you won’t expect, and just some neat stuff in general from Snyder including a fairly big mention about something from a previous story.
The art by Capullo is what you’d expect, it’s gritty and...well, it’s gritty. I’m not the biggest fan of his work but it’s fine, it seems to always be fitting for Snyder’s stuff. They’re like a modern Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. In this book particularly, I think Capullo’s style matches the tone for the most part.
Overall, this is easily the most bizarre comic I’ve read in a while. The ending literally had me saying “WTF?” out loud. I don’t think I can spell that out here but I didn’t just say the letters kids. I love that even after reading 56 pages of this, I still have no idea what’s going on. It’s great! I have to see where Snyder is taking this story next.
To take a quote from Django Unchained...
“You had my curiosity but now you have my attention.”
RATING: GOTTA GO!
“One of my earliest memories is watching Tim Burton’s Batman and absolutely loving it. I was instantly hooked on anything Batman and later other comic related stuff too especially the X-Men. As a kid, I was already trying to fancast my own X-Men film. Y'know...now that l think about it, not much has really changed.”