Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on July 31, 2019

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Inking by Jonathan Glapion
Colouring by FCO Plascencia
Lettering by Tom Napolitano
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue their Batman swan song, and I am riveted. This is a fantastic showcase of the team's innate grip of the DCU and what makes it work, particularly when it comes to the characters and their relationships with each other. To think that they happen to tell a solid Superman and Lex Luthor story in this without skipping a beat from their main Batman plot should tell you everything you need to know about this book and why you should be reading it.
Continuing from where the last issue left off, Batman and the Joker's head are still in the wild of the DCU. Their brief time alone allows the team to explore some of the world that Batman left in his wake all those decades ago, and there are some pretty terrifying sights to see. In particular, a visual of a special kind of storm sent shivers up my spine, an image perfectly delivered by Capullo, inker Jonathan Glapion, and colouring extraordinaire FCO Plascencia.
This is a stunning book. Glapion bring an unreal level of sharpness to Capullo's pencils, and FCO's colouring work remains some of the best in the industry. The three of them make such a unique combination and the work is elevated as a result. Speaking of Glapion's sharpness, FCO's colours enhance this sharpness and detail by contrasting figures against bold, dramatic colours that seem unconventional. Put a different colourist on Capullo and see the different, it will certainly be drastic.
I'm afraid I don't want to say more about the plot in fear of spoiling some aspect of it, but this was a story huge in scope. Not in terms of wide-screen action, but in terms of setting the stage of the plot against this vast backdrop with a rich, decades-long history that Snyder so expertly teases and doles out information on. It's an exercise in world-building in a way, There's an underlying tragedy and sadness in this world and with one issue left to go, I'm genuinely upset that we won't get more of it come September.
This is well worth checking out. This is a fantastic example of letting a long-running creative team tell their story in the only way they know how. The art in this book is fantastic and I'm bummed we won't get more of it.

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