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Review: Batman: Last Knight On Earth #2

"Last Knight On Earth" - Book 2 Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion
Color Artist: FCO Plascencia
Letterer: Tom NapolitanoReview by Steve J. RayBatman: Last Knight On Earth #2 is bonkers. I mean this as an honest and sincere compliment. In the last issue we discovered that Bruce Wayne managed to perfect his cloning process (please see Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Endgame, “Superheavy and “Bloom” graphic novels) and, in an apocalyptic future, the Batman lives. The world is in ruins, heroes have been killed, or scattered like leaves in the wind, and the Dark Knight’s allies are few. Oh, and the Joker’s alive too… if you count existing as a decapitated head in a jar as living, that is. This issue is chock-full of references to classic, and quirky DC titles of old. To see Unknown Soldier(s) and G.I. Combat’s Ghost Tank brought back some very fond childhood memories. I’ve always loved writers that honor the past, rather than just try to make a name fo…

Review: The Batman Who Laughs #7

"The Batman Who Laughs" - Part Seven
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jock
Color Artist: David Baron
Letterer: Sal CiprianoReview by Steve J. RayThe Batman Who Laughs #7 delivers a fitting finale to an amazing arc, and does what all great comics should do… it proves that nothing ever really ends. Originally due to run for six issues DC, and the book’s creators, decided to add a seventh, to tie-into the forthcoming Batman/Superman series.

Now I have something else to look forward to! Before reading this finale I went back and re-read issues #1-#6, and it was a seriously great move. Over the years, Scott Snyder has proven that he’s great at writing short stories and one-shots, but he’s inarguably a master at playing the long-game too. Once his sister series Batman: Last Knight On Earthwraps up, I’m tempted to embark on the massive undertaking of re-reading his entire Batman arc: All of the New 52 Batman run, Dark Nights: MetalAll-Star BatmanThe Batman Who Laughs and Last Knight On E…

Review: Justice League Dark Annual #1

“A Carious Bloom” Writers: James Tynion IV and Ram V
Artist: Guillem March
Color Artist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Rob Leigh Review by Steve J. RayThe Lords Of Order have been defeated, but that was just one battle in the ongoing war to save magic. Justice League Dark Annual #1 continues Swamp Thing’s arc from issues #1-#12, and serves as a direct follow up to #13. Oh… it’s also one of the best comics I’ve read this year. This issue is a work of art, and a beautifully written tribute to Lein Wein, Bernie Wrightson and Alan Moore. The pages that make up the memoirs of Oleander Sorel feel like the work of Wein from the vintage Swamp Thing comics of the 1970s, while the moments between Sorrel and Swamp Thing himself, and the scenes featuring John Constantine and Swampy, are very Moore-esque. The beautiful part is that neither James Tynion nor Ram V are aping those comics greats… no, they’re honoring them. The book still feels fresh and brand new, particularly in the way the writers breathe new l…

Exclusive Interview: Jorge Fornés – Artist On ‘Batman’

Interview by Steve J. Ray One of the great joys of this job is getting to meet and talk to some of the finest talents in comics. Over the last few years I’ve made friends all around the world and one of them, the incredible Pedro Pascual Paredes, is a fellow journalist and comics fan, based in Spain. (If you’re a Spanish speaker, you MUST check out Zona Negativa). Thanks to Pedro I was able to reach out to the amazing Jorge Fornés, an artist who has wowed the world with his incredible art on Tom King’s Batman. What could be a better way to celebrate Fantastic Universes' 700th published article, than an interview with one of the top comics artists? Jorge is from Vilanova i la Geltrú, near Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) and his art has graced the pages of Marvel’s X-MenThunderboltsDoctor Strange and Guardians Of The Galaxy. For DC Comics he recently blew fans away with his classy and atmospheric work on Batman issues #66 , #67 and #72, the premiere issue of Batman: Secret Files and h…