Batman: Last Knight on Earth is the second series published under DC Black Label. Tom King’s Batman is currently killing enthusiasm for the character. This is the Batman readers want. He’s strong, brave and exhibits the best traits of the character.
Black Label books are meant to be collectable and are “aimed at mature readers looking to be challenged and surprised as they’re entertained, with an eye for the unique and remarkable.”
There is nothing available on the current market matching the quality DC Black Label delivers. Scott Snyder delivers exactly what I had in mind when DC Black Label was announced.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo reunite to tell their final Batman story for DC Comics in Batman: Last Knight on Earth. Snyder and Capullo had a very successful two year run on Batman during the New 52. The duo created several classic stories and villains, most notably the Court of Owls. Greg Capullo has a brooding style that perfectly accentuates the Batman character. The inks and colors by Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia add to the chilling atmosphere of the book.
Batman: Last Knight on Earth follows Batman: Damned as the second book under the label. Lee Bermejo’s art in Damned is spectacular and completely unique due to the format.
The beginning of the book places The Dark Knight in his familiar Gotham setting. It’s great seeing Capullo in his element again. If DC Comics decided to name him as the Batman series artist indefinitely most readers would be very satisfied.
The story of Batman: Last Knight on Earth later moves to Arkham Asylum and Capullo makes it feel like something from the mind of Hitchcock or Kubrick. Capullo creates an extremely sanitary, frightening atmosphere as Bruce is strapped against his will. The pure horror in his eyes as an alternate version of Joker stands over him is perfection.
The events in Last Knight on Earth are set-up in part by a short story by Scott Snyder and Sean Gordon Murphy in the Detective Comics Vol. 2 #27 anniversary issue.
‘Twenty-Seven’ tells of a machine that clones a new Bruce Wayne every 27 years. If you don’t mind a little homework, check this story out prior to reading Last Knight on Earth for a better understanding of events. Plus it’s Scotty Snyder and Sean Gordan Murphy creating a story together! That’s worth the cover price in and of itself.
The art in Batman: Last Knight on Earth is virtually flawless. Snyder is crafting the perfect ending to his Batman run. I’ve only scratched the surface of the great story, art in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Last Knight on Earth.