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2.0 out of 5 stars A headache and full of holes, 16 Aug 2011
This review is from: Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne (Hardcover)
I have a lot of gripes with this book and with Grant Morrison in general.
Grant Morrison seems to have the ability to write genuinely brilliant and thrilling stories (All-Star Superman, Batman & Robin) and convoluted jumbles of confusion which cause major headaches (Final Crisis and this book).
The first headache comes from Morrison's decision to use a different artist for every issue. It's extremely jarring and causes the entire story to seem inconsistent and pieced together lazily. It doesn't seem like an epic journey because the art drastically changes every chapter. None of the art is particularly brilliant either. It's all... fine, just fine.
The second headache is in Morrison's dialogue. He has the habit of using complex words or phrases which seem to make no sense in the context of the current happenings. For example (possible spoiler): during the 'Bones Of Bristol Bay' chapter, Bruce turns to another character whilst venturing through a cave and, very randomly, says "Stop, what names, Jack?" to which Jack responds "The whistling demon, the breath of the bat. The bridge of bones. Or so I heard". Um, what? What does that mean? It springs from nowhere, makes no sense and just causes the reader to make ugly facial expressions.

My biggest gripe is that nothing is every made clear. Batman was blasted back through time, fine, but why, when he first awakes in a cave, is there a metal escape pod/time capsule thing outside of the cave, carrying Superman's cape and a miniature bat-signal? It is never made clear just how much he remembers each time he jumps forward through time, either. Sometimes he seems lost and confused, other times he is confident and cunning.
It feels as though nothing is ever explored thoroughly enough. The characters Bruce meets are shallow and generally confusing, especially the character of Annie in the second chapter. Side note: why does she have a necklace depicting the Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman logos? The third chapter also depicts a fantastic image of Batman dressed as a kick-ass dark pirate/Batman combo. This never happens and is HUGELY disappointing.

I've given the book 2 stars because it does keep you wanting to know more and see which era Bruce is flung into next.

The Batman & Robin storyline leading up to this was fantastic but this? Only buy it if your heart is set on it. Otherwise, you know how it's going to end so just skip it and be happy that Bruce Wayne is back.
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