[This thread is part of our Grant Morrison Reading Project. Unlike most of the other Morrison threads, this one was written as the original issues came out.]
Issue 1 (of 6)
The man in the street says: A very well illustrated story. Beautiful clear storytelling on the visual level. Is that guy in the grey trousers with the yellow belt perhaps Batman? His name is on the cover... He can certainly sock it to the bad guys when he gets going. What’s he doing in the Stone Age? Is that Superman at the end with those other guys? He looks very mean. Why does Batman jump to Puritan times at the end? He doesn’t seem to know who he is or what he is doing?
The average DC comics fan says: Beautiful art. Has Sprouse ever drawn DC characters before? If not, why not? Who are these cave men? Vandal Savage is the main villain. Why is Bruce in the Stone Age? Is this related to the last scene of Final Crisis? Why are the skies red? Is there a Crisis going on somewhere, or somewhen? Why don’t the superheroes refer to each other fondly by their first names? I like it when they do that. I’ll bet there’s a good comics series to be made out of Booster, Superman, Green Lantern and that guy in the bubble travelling through time! I’d buy it!
ClarkKent_DC said:Does anybody else have the feeling that Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne reads more like homework you should be doing rather than an adventure you really enjoy? I have that feeling, and I'm not sure I want to stick around to the finish.
It's ironic you should feel that CK. I thought the adventure with Blackbeard was quite a cool done-in-one team-up with the Black Pirate.
The stuff you probably found hard going were the bits that he put in just for readers who haven't been following all his stuff for the last few years. eg Command D and and showdown with Darkseid. The JLA were suming up some of the content of recent Batman and Robin storylines.
(I thought it was funny that Robin said 'shouldn't we get back to the Joker?' as the last issue of B&R finished with them suddenly finding themselves in the same room as the Joker. It's as if they left the Joker standing there while they went off to explore the bunker and told him to wait til they got back!)
But once again we're up against the drawback of the monthly publishing model. How do you know when you start collecting a series that its going to be something you enjoy? You don't know until the series is over... It becomes more problematic the more they charge for the comics.