Friday, May 27, 2011
Surreal Time-Travel Tale--Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
It was meant to sync-up with issues of Batman and Robin which were also being written by Grant Morrison but due to delays, this book wasn't able to do so. It had different artists every issue resulting in it always feeling quite different in tone despite being one series, and despite issues such as these, this is still one great series that not only tells a cool tale about Bruce Wayne and Batman, but fills in a lot of the questions Morrison had set up in his time spent on the main Batman book and Batman and Robin.
Yeah, this was overly ambitious in its idea of having a different artist per issue, but I'd say it mostly pays off. Perhaps this is because each issue takes place at such a dramatically different time that it would make sense to have a new illustrator--after all, everything is different. Also, despite Morrison writing this whole series he adjusts his writing style by the period, making the issue with the cavemen have a more prehistoric feel, and by the time we reach the fifth issue we get a good hard-boiled detective tale. Oh, for those who want to know the plot, basically you need to have been reading Batman and Final Crisis to be aware that Batman was shot with Darkseid's weapon known as the Omega effect which has caused him to become lost in time and jumping around to various points in history he then has to fight through in order to reach the present--with of course a few snazzy twists to keep thing interesting.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne should you want a good read.