Batman: Last Knight on Earth: Book 2 - Touring a Broken World
• FCO Plascencia (Colorist) • Greg Capullo & FCO Plascencia (Cover Artists)
• DC Comics (Publisher) • Recommend (Yes)
There's a lot to like about the Last Knight on Earth. The art is simply stunning and horrifying in spots. Scott Snyder delivers one of the grandest and sweeping Batman concepts I've ever read. The book keeps it interesting, constantly raising new questions and introducing new ideas on every other page.
To get heavy into plot details would be to go into spoilers. We see the fate of a number of heroes and all of it is grim. Superman gets it particularly rough. We also get a decent explanation for why the world is a mess.
I don't have many gripes with the issue aside from being annoyed by Joker. It doesn't distract from the story I just wish we had a different narrator. If you read the prior issue you know that the implication within the narrative is that this is not our Batman. He's a lot younger than he should be and is drawn like Zero Year: Batman without the mask. How cool it would have been if his companion had been an aged Damien or Dick Grayson. I don't think we've ever seen a version of Robin that was older than Batman.
To level set the series so far it feels like a cross between Old Man Logan and Marvel's Universe X series. With Batman as the Stand-in for Wolverine and Captain America respectively in those series. It's not a ripoff by any stretch but If you like those stories you'll be at home here.
Every revelation is followed up by a pretty horrifying reveal about the setting or a character. The book follows the same general cadence throughout. I'm curious to see if the villain is really (Redacted). I doubt the concluding chapter will be that straight forward but we'll see.
I love Elseworld stories and if Last Knight on Earth sticks the landing for the ending we may be looking at a modern-day classic.