Artist Greg Capullo has treated fans managing the polar vortex with a chilling sneak look at his up and coming joint effort with Scott Snyder: Batman: The Last Knight on Earth.
The task, announced by Snyder at 2017’s New York Comic Con, was initially to be drawn by Batman: The White Knight artist Sean Murphy, yet in March of a year ago, the declaration was made that Capullo would join Snyder for the arrangement, presently to be discharged under DC’s Black Label engrave.
Capullo’s illustration, which the craftsman shared on Twitter, is an early pencil portray of a whiskered, clearly chilly Batman running with the Joker’s head put away in a container and lashed to the Dark Knight’s back.
In the story, Batman will wake up in a “strange future, [where] villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes.”
“Batman suddenly wakes up and he’s … young,” Snyder revealed at DC’s NYCC Batman panel, “but he wakes up in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, crawling out of the sand in this Gotham City that’s been ruined. He’s got the Joker’s head chained to his belt, but it’s alive and like ‘You gotta move, kid!’ It’s got old Wonder Woman, Baby Superman — it’s like my Lone Wolf and Cub Batman story.”
Joker’s association with Batman was a story Snyder and Capullo explored over and over amid their fan-most loved keep running on Batman, with Death of the Family and Endgame bends exploring the pair’s eternal confrontation and the effect it had on the world around them, especially for those living in Gotham City.
It will be interesting seeing Batman in this new context, which brings to mind the 1990s Elseworlds comics which reinterpreted DC characters in a similar fashion. Throughout the series, Batman’s search for answers will reveal his role in this world in a story Snyder has said will be “closing a chapter in my version of Batman.”