So far the best thing about these issues has been the covers. Andy Kubert has created some pretty exciting images that, unfortunately, are not backed up by what’s on the pages after them.
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2 follows the time-traveling caped crusader to the time of puritans, witch hunts, and silly hats. The amnesia-stricken Bruce Wayne is still unsure of his identity, but he’s managing to make use of his detective skills to solve mysteries in the little village of Gotham. This aspect is pretty cool. It shows how Bruce’s skills are so ingrained after years of honing and applying them. However, artist Frazer Irving doesn’t help the situation since every man he draws looks like the one standing next to him. This gets pretty confusing since it’s hard to tell which one is actually Bruce.
But while Bats is attempting to pin scarlet letters on would-be murderers, members of the Justice League are doing their own bit of investigating. Intercut throughout the issue, Grant Morrison gives the reader a spectacularly baffling side story at Vanishing Point, the dimension that lies outside the normal space/time continuum in the DC Universe. While there, Superman and Co. consult with an archivist who makes less sense than a solar-powered flashlight. In short they’re still trying to track Bruce through time, and the archivist makes it a little more difficult than it needs to be.
So, after all is said and done, but nothing is really explained or resolved, Bruce once again takes a bath and gets shot to another time period. Issue #3 is probably one that most people are looking forward to since Bruce will be brandishing a cutlass and hopefully yelling YAAAAAARRRR a lot.
Needless to say, Grant Morrison is not impressing me with this supposedly “ground-breaking” storyline. He has 4 more chances to redeem himself. If he screws up 1930s noir-ish Batman, there’ll be hell to pay. *shakes fist*
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2 is on comic shop shelves now.