Batman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how the Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him, but it’s the beginning of a quest unlike anything the Dark Knight has undertaken before. In this strange future, villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes. Fighting to survive while in search of answers, Bruce Wayne uncovers the truth about his role in this new world—and begins the last Batman story ever told.
Holy Finale, Batman! It’s been eight years since readers were introduced to the real life dynamic duo of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. With The Court of Owls, Snyder and Capullo redefined Batman for the new 52 era. Their Batman was more gadget-heavy and used holograms, augmented reality lenses, and even mech suits. Now these collaborators unite once again to bring us Batman: The Last Knight on Earth; a three-issue, double-sized limited series under DC’s Black Label.
Snyder has been planning this final story for years. In an interview for comicbook.com Snyder recalls having a conversation with Grant Morrison when he was under severe pressure to deliver a successful Batman story. Morrison gave him the following advice:
Here’s what you need to do. You need to give your version of Batman a birth and a death and just know it’s yours and relax. It’s your version. You’re not fighting against Frank Miller, me, or whatever to try and touch the hem of that stuff at all.
Batman’s birth became Zero Year, one of Snyder and Capullo’s strongest collaborations. Having given Batman a birth, Snyder needed a death, or at least an end; that is where Last Knight on Earth comes in.
Snyder and Capullo’s Batman is my favorite rendition of the character in comic book form. However, I felt that the story quality slipped after the Endgame arc. As a Bat-Fan I hope these creators have saved the best for last.