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Batman - The Return of Bruce Wayne Paperback – Special Edition, 27 Jan 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; De Luxe edition edition (27 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781160414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781160411
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Morrison has a hit on his hands..." --(Ain't It Cool News) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Frazer Irving is a British artist known for the 2000 AD series Necronauts. He also worked on DCs The Authority: Scorched Earth and Marvels Inhuman.


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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's been coming for a while, and now it is finally here - the Return of Bruce Wayne.
This has been an absolutely epic series of books that began way back with Final Crisis with the death of Batman/Bruce Wayne at the hands of Darkseid. Since then, there have been many books dealing with what has happened to the characters in the Batman universe, and how they are dealing with the loss of the talismanic Dark Knight. And i have to say these spin off titles are well worth investing in! Mainly because they give you an idea of the importance of the role of Batman in Gotham, and the Justice League, but also the impact he has had on the lives of those people around him.
These books include;
Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn (Batman & Robin)
Batman vs. Robin (Batman & Robin)
Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die! Deluxe Edition (due out later in 2011)

In a separate run;
Batman: Streets of Gotham: Hush Money
ASIN:1848569793 Batman: The Streets of Gotham: Leviathan v. 2]]
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This film was supposed to play the MOST important role in the Grant Morrison saga, and to a major extent it succeeded in performing that task. At times the threads appeared too loose. At times I thought about banging the author's head repeatedly against any hard object that I could find, simply because he had left certain extremely promising characters in limbo, again. Nevertheless, if you had started following that particular arc that had begun with "Son of Batman", this is one volume that you can't afford to miss.
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As it turns out Bruce Wayne wasn't actually killed by Darkseid in Final Crisis. Like we didn't see that coming! So rather than shuffle off his mortal coil, he's been flung back to the dawn of time. From this point he re-becomes Batman time after time after time until he returns to the present and, you guessed it, becomes Batman.

Despite my sarcasm above, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne isn't too bad. It's not the greatest Bat-work, but it's an interesting romp through time and space.

Finally, despite this leading to Batman Incorporated, it (for me) hammers home the fact that Bruce Wayne IS Batman.
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I love the different Batmen through the ages style of this book and that's what it's about. It's an opportunity to create a set of truly engaging elseworlds-like tales in the mainstream Batman canon. Batman is part-cowboy, part pirate, part neanderthal, part 20s hard-boiled Detective anyway. The character has so many influences and so many characteristics it's really nice to see him placed in these surroundings without much knowledge of who he is, having to adapt, survive and clue together what is really going on. I really did love the stories. Andy Kubert's cover work as always is astoundingly good. I also particularly enjoyed Frazer Irving's work in part two: beautiful textures, lovely detail in the backgrounds and outstanding colours, which he provided himself. All the artwork is of a consistently high-standard. My only letdown is the slightly confusing nature of the modern day story with time jumps and a bit too technological mumbo-jumbo. I struggled on first read to understand it all, but maybe with another attempt I might get it! However this can't take away from an amazing book that I will enjoy time and time again.
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Lets be honest if youve read "the death of Bruce Wayne" in Batman RIP and Final Crisis then youve probably got a good idea what to expect here. Superman had to be physically beaten to a pulp when he died in the 90s but Batman had to be mentally beaten so he could die this resulted in stories that played with the readers mind too and while I found it fun reading them and piecing together the various strands myself I can understand why some people would be put off by it.
In the Return of Bruce Wayne we see him begin to pull himself back together as he is hurled through time, the big twist is SPOILER ALERT! Darkseid has booby trapped his body so that when Batman does get home he has built up enough omega energy to destroy the world! This is pure genius on the part of Morrison and I loved it END OF SPOILERS!
There is a great deal going on and you have to pay attention, the story does drag in places, it is odd to read Batman stories where he isnt swinging around the rooftops of Gotham in his usual costume however when it works it really works, its also nice to see Tim Drake get a role in events as for a whole generation of readers he is their Robin and as much fun Damian Wayne is in the role Tim is missed especially in the new 52 DC universe where hes pretty much only seen in the Teen Titans.
The art changes from chapter to chapter, some are better than others but its never ever horrible and works well for the story with the time shifts. I have to admit that when I read the ending and the so called "truth of Batman" I found it slightly emotional and it certainly shows what a real grip Grant Morrison has on the character.
In short if you like your Superhero stories straight forward with fights and snappy one liners read "The Death and Return of Superman", if you like them a bit deeper with some emotional truth and neat action then you cant go wrong with this.
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