BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #6 (OF 6)
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Art by LEE GARBETT, PERE PEREZ, ALEJANDRO SICAT & WALDEN WONG
Colors by GUY MAJOR
Letters by JARED K. FLETCHER
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover by LEE GARBETT
Size: 40 pages
Finally. The DC event with the hellish release schedule is over. Of course we had to read the finale last week, but nevermind; this is the end of ‘Return of Bruce Wayne’. What started off as a promising, epic return of Bruce Wayne has now spiraled down into a mess of uneven art and a confusing story (even for a guy like Morrison it’s too confusing for it’s own good). Can anything from this final issue bring anything worthwhile to remember?
I will say one thing, even though it infuriates me that an artist couldn’t finish a project on time again, the art is very good. After reading the first trade of Batgirl, I was a bit indifferent with Lee Garbett. What’s there was good, but nothing ‘wow’ or amazing to make it stand out. The pages that Garbett does here though, is really good looking. I love the concept of these ‘Vanishing Point’ aliens and seeing more of them is a good thing. But the way the panels flow together and the overal designs by Garbett are well done. When the action gets heavy and we see the various set pieces; it is a bit impressive that Garbett can keep everything in check. It’s not all perfect mind you; some of the faces look a bit uneven and there’s even a mistake when it comes to Jesse Quick’s design on one page (it’s clearly Jade). When it has to go into Pere Perez’s pages; I gotta say the transition from him to Garbett (and vice versa) is much better then from Ryan Sook to Perez from the last issue. However, I am just not a fan of how Perez draws some of these characters. His faces look even more off model then the tiny mistkaes Garbett will did in here. There are times where it looks like I’m seeing a completely different person than Bruce Wayne.
Then we get to the story. If it isn’t confusing to follow then you get to laugh at some really laughable dialogue here. Bringing back Superman, Booster, Jordan, and Hunter doesn’t seem like it really means anything then to just bring more bodies to fight back Bruce’s Omega radiation. There are times where Hunter really says some things that made me cringe (is ‘Oh my God’ his catchphrase or something?) That and using the various JLA and Titans members seems to be a last minute though. Yes they were around in the last issue; but reading Cyborg or Congorilla talking is just embarrasing to read. Grant Morrison is much better then this and it feels like he just threw a dart on a dartboard to see who should be fighting Bruce towards the end. That and I gotta admit, even as a huge Grant Morrison fan: A lot of this is just way to confusing to comprehend. I read it several times just today and I still don’t get it. Maybe when you read it all together it will make more sense. But as a ‘finale’ for this mini-series; it certainly doesn’t help you need to read a completely different series to get the true ending.
So while the art is unbalanced at times, it definitely is the highlight here. If only Garbett could finish the issue then this would’ve been, probably, the best looking issue out of the entire mini-series. It’s just a shame that this story is so incomprehensible that it takes all the enjoyment out of the return of Bruce Wayne. At least you have some really laughable exchanges throughout the issue to get some source of entertainment out if it. I cannot wait to see how this reads all together. Because the abrupt ending certainly won’t make this too enjoyable as a whole.
Art: 4 - Very Good