Sunday, June 2, 2019

Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 by Scott Snyder - Comic Book Review

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, published at DC’s standard comic trim size.

This could be the last Batman story ever told…

Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 by Scott Snyder is an interesting read. It seems to be many things at once, several of which might be feints by Snyder. However, it was an intriguing story, and Snyder's track record bodes well.

When Last Knight on Earth opens, Batman is doing his thing, tracking a mysterious case that leads him to Crime Alley. He encounters a weird version of himself as a child, and then he is shot. He wakes up in Arkham, where the people helping him are strange versions of his villains. He is told he's never recovered from his parents' deaths and did something bad. He's been living in a fantasy as "Batman" and imagined the staff as villains. Then there is a Matrix moment, and Bruce discovers he isn't what he thinks he is, and the world is basically a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He finds Joker's head in a jar, and together they try to find out what happened and who is responsible. And that's just the first third or so of the book.

Snyder uses this first issue to set up the story he wants to tell, and it's a heck of a setup. I found myself trying to figure out what was going on, only to discover I was wrong multiple times. I'm still not sure that Snyder's plot isn't going to pivot once again, but I have a feeling that the villain will definitely be a surprising reveal once it happens. The characters are fun, particularly a cameo by Wonder Woman, mostly because they don't have to be part of the Batman cannon of stories (This is a DC Black Label book) and Snyder can put his own spin on them, both in how they look and how they act. I think this premise is also pretty intriguing, and it's fun to see Batman in a different environment than normal.

Overall, there's a lot of potential in Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 by Scott Snyder. I'm curious to see where he takes the story as it progresses. If you are a fan of Batman, Scott Snyder, or post-apocalyptic stories, check this book out. It's worth picking up.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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