Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1
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Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Sprouse Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 12, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 16
8.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Bruce Wayne must battle his way back to the present by fighting his way through time itself--starting with an adventure in prehistoric times! It's Caveman Batman in the premiere issue of Grant Morrison's time-hopping epic, featuring art by Chris Sprouse.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic May 16, 2010

    By showing us the different threads that make-up the tapestry of the mythos, Morrison reminds us what makes Batman such a special and enduring character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren May 13, 2010

    Just a lot of fun to read. Few comics will put a smile on your face like this one did for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn May 13, 2010

    This issue doesn't do a whole lot as far as answering questions or tying up loose ends, but it's a great comic nonetheless. You should definitely pick this up. I have a feeling this is just a very good introduction to what will be a very good miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 15, 2010

    Bruce Wayne is alive and stuck in a time loop and this is the first issue of his adventure. Bruce isn't fully Bruce so he needs some help and in this comic he gets some. However, others are in pursuit of him to make the comic book have a nice cliffhanger. You get thirty eight pages of a great artwork and a very cool story. I am definitely looking forward to the next issue to see how Bruce fairs in a different time period. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 12, 2010

    The Return of Bruce Wayne is off to a great start so far. It's a silly concept that is delivered with heart but also in a fittingly tongue-in-cheek manner. A surprise reveal towards the end also suggests this story won't be as simple or straightforward as it initially seemed. Now bring on Puritan Batman! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher May 13, 2010

    With the dire proclamation made by Superman, there are plenty of opportunities for Morrison to slip back into Crazyland in the telling of this story. For now, the plot is a solid journey from Point A to Point B, hits on the tropes of the prehistoric DC Universe, and gives readers a cliffhanger that should keep us around for the remainder of the series. It's a better than average start to a mini-series event, and earns 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany May 13, 2010

    Bruce is a confused mess when it comes to talking so he's having trouble communicating his basic ideas in any spoken form. Though he and the cavemen he comes to defend develop an understanding there is this interesting barrier between Batman and his allies. What ensues is a long-standing battle that ends with a time hop – the concept is very simple but here we are seeing the myth of Batman being rebuilt throughout history. He has no idea exactly who he is but by adapting a Bat-costume he assumes some kind of semblance of his past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace May 16, 2010

    The only part of the issue that bothered me slightly was the appearance of some time-travelling members of the JLA towards the end of the story. Despite setting up an interesting mystery that Im keen to see explained in more detail, the entire page felt out of place, in terms of both the tone of the storytelling and the quality of the writing and art. Im hoping that the page was included as an integral part of Morrisons story and not as an editorially mandated plug for the tie-in miniseries Time Masters: Vanishing Point that DC will be releasing to run alongside this main event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young May 16, 2010

    * Additionally, Supermans Kryptonian first name, Kal, could be considered a short form of the Hebrew name Caleb (Kaleb), which means Faithful. Thus, Supermans Kryptonian name could literally translate from Hebrew as the faithful of God (just as Gabriel (Gabri-El) translates from Hebrew as the hero of God). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 12, 2010

    DC is smart to ship a second issue of "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne" this month, because I'm already itching for the next installment. If the remaining issues hold up -- and with art from Frazer Irving, Yanick Paquette, Cameron Stewart, Ryan Sook, and Lee Garbett, we don't have to worry about the art -- this is going to be a Batman story for the ages. (No pun intended, honest.) Bring on the time-traveling Batman! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault May 12, 2010

    A carefully crafted, slow-paced opening to a 6-issue arc that should bring Bruce Wayne home, if it doesn't destroy the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser May 16, 2010

    Ultimately, I think the success of this series will be in its cumulative effect, giving us multiple implementations of the Batman template in rapid succession. At this point in the game, however, were only at phase one, where Morrisons master strategy is at its most basic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt May 13, 2010

    This issue was a fun read with some interesting ideas, but it seemed to be so wrapped up in how neat the concept was that it lost its purpose as part of a larger story. I think this would make a great Read Full Review

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