One of the most classic superhero tropes is familiar heroes facing the end of the world. Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 not only brings us a new take on that trope, but does so while bringing a years-long Batman saga to its end.
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plasencia, and Tom Napolitano bring this new take on the DCU to life, and wrap up Snyder and Capullo’s Batman saga!
After facing a particularly horrifying case, Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. After breaking away from the illusion of the Asylum, he finds himself in a horrific wasteland, his only companion the disembodied head of the Joker. How did the world end, and can he reverse the damage done?
Snyder creates a complex and interesting new take on the DCU. He builds on the seeds he planted for years through his various Batman stories, but doesn’t leave it there. This is a DCU story starring Batman, not just a Batman story, which makes it a lot deeper than it would have been. The only downside is that the second act of the issue, featuring Batman in Arkham, was a bit too confusing which was probably the intent, but doesn’t quite land.
Capullo and Glapion’s line art is probably career best. They don’t do anything innovative, but they don’t need to. They deliver emotional character beats, solid action, and unsettling horror. Plascencia’s color art is great, with an unsettling bright light in the Asylum, deep reds in the wasteland, and purple dominating the final act’s visit to Gemworld.
While not perfect, this is a fantastic alternate universe story, and a great climax to Snyder and Capullo’s Batman.
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 is available now from DC Comics.