Comic Review: Batman: Last Knight On Earth #2 (DC Comics)

DC Black Label imprint brings us the second issue of Batman Last Knight on Earth. Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo (inks by Jonathan Glapion, and colour […]

DC Black Label imprint brings us the second issue of Batman Last Knight on Earth.

Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo (inks by Jonathan Glapion, and colour by FCO Plascencis, lettering by Tom Napolitano). this title deals with the end of the world. Batman, racing around with the Joker’s head in a glass jar, is on a quest to find out who is responsible.

It’s an absurd premise, granted. But the weight, tone, and delivery of this wildly imaginative miniseries (3 issues) overcomes the stigma of the question: ‘what kinda crazy crap is this?’. It’s absurd, sure, it’s Joker-filled crazy, and it’s so off-the-wall that it makes you scratch your head in wonder. But it does deliver a solid backbone of a story, with unique characterization and vision. There is a logic to the lunacy. The lunar module is just scraping the loony surface!

The visuals are carefully constructed, dark as pitch and fast-moving as a curveball. The colouring is thick as thieves and sneaky as all get-out.

There are cameos, sly comic-fan references, and some old DC names come up in a sidelong fashion. Guess who’s in the wind? Last Knight breaks most of the rules of traditional comic storytelling, (thank goodness) and leaves you wanting more. If you read this issue, you’ll want to read the next issue.

DC Black Label, Batman Last Knight on Earth #2, $5.99 for 54 pages. Assume Mature rating

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