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The Return of Bruce Wayne


Author: Grant Morrison
Artists: Chris Sprouse, Frazer Irving, Yanick Paquette and others
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99, US $19.99
ISBN: 978 1 78116 041 1
Available 27 January 2012

After facing off against and defeating the ultimate evil, the Dark Knight has fallen - but neither Heaven nor Hell awaits him. Instead, Gotham's protector is condemned to a prison fashioned from time itself. Blasted thousands of years into the past, the man who once was the Batman awakens in an eerily familiar cave, stripped of his identity and surrounded by savage foes , from there he embarks on an extraordinary journey through history, fighting evil in one era after another as he slowly reassembles the pieces of his shattered self. But the darkness that he stood against has not been entirely vanquished. As Bruce Wayne makes his way across the ages. Darkseid's ultimate revenge draws inexorably closer - and from this final reckoning there can be no escape...

The Return of Bruce Wayne reprints Grant Morrison’s six-issue miniseries. Witness Bruce Wayne’s adventures across time as he is swept through the time stream, from the ancient days that predate history itself through epics set in the times of pirates and the Old West, through his triumphant return to present day Gotham City.

I couldn't help feeling that this was an original story idea where Morrison had slapped Bruce Wayne into the main character in a bid to sell his unpublished tale to the Batman universe. However, that doesn't detract from the fact that this is a strong, original story that's well worth reading.

I also couldn't decide whether the constant change in artist was a good or bad thing. While it clearly separates the different time periods, it does get a little distracting.

If you're looking for an interesting, and original tale set in the Batman universe, then you may just have found what you're looking for in The Return of Bruce Wayne.


Nick Smithson

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