How did we get to this – Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1, the first issue of a three part tale?
With the start of the “New52” a few years ago, Batman, the monthly comic book underwent a reinvention under the helm of superstar creative team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.
Beginning with a brand new #1, the series was an instant hit. That first issue can fetch a tidy sum these days…not bad for a fairly recent comic book that had nigh 100,000+ copies available in the market place. The writer/artist tandem would continue their critically acclaimed ways for three-plus years on the monthly title.
Sowing some ideas that were planted in the pages of their Batman story, the team then created the absolutely crazy Dark Nights: Metal miniseries and redefined the entire DC Universe. Dark , nightmare versions of the world’s greatest superheroes existed, you see, and they were the absolute greatest threat to everyone’s existence!
Now, Snyder and Capullo are completing their Batman run with a three-issue prestige-format (how’d that for a 1980’s and 1990’s throwback?!?) miniseries, published under DC’s Black Label insignia. This is the label reserved for crazier, darker and heavier-hitting stories.
Batman: Last Knight On Earth is NOT your kids’ Batman!
Take for example, the Joker.
Batman’s greatest enemy spends the story as a cloven head (still alive, mind you!) kept in a jar that Batman lugs around with him. That’s as crazy a start as you can find. But Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 ramps it up from page one.
Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. He’s young. And he’s sane. And he was never Batman.
How’s that for a start?
In a sort of Mad Max-inspired, end-of-days landscape, Wayne tries to piece together the mystery of his present – along with his own identity – in order to save the world. Behind the bleak veil is a new, evil force that has seemingly destroyed everything!
Batman: Last Knight On Earth is a 52-page tour-de-force that incorporates nearly everyone from the DC Universe, specifically Batman’s rogues gallery, in ways that you’ve never seen them before.
It’s a throwback to comic book publishing in the mid 1980’s mixed with twenty-first century storytelling sensibilities…funneled through guitar metal music so loud, it’ll blow your eyeballs out of their sockets!
It’s a semi-hallucinatory adventure through a heart of darkness that only Snyder and Capullo could tell. It’s the comic book medium at its most wild best, blowing away your expectations and shattering your senses!
Come along for the ride of your life! Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 today!
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