Thursday, June 24, 2010

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3 (of 6)

Here we hit the halfway point on Bruce (Batman) Wayne's return, and so far it's been an entertaining ride.

You can't help but think that Grant Morrison approached this time-hopping adventure with the thought, "What time periods will be the most fun to visit?"

The first issue took us back to the time of the caveman, and the second issue carried us to the Salem-esque witch trials of the 1600s. This issue takes us into the 1700s as Batman encounters the most famous pirate of them all, and a deadly search for hidden treasure.

Considering the story deals with piracy, murder and lots of death, it's actually quite a bit of fun - the dialogue alone is entertaining.

The art is outstanding, with pencils by Yanick Paquette, inks by Michel Lacombe and colors by Nathan Fairbairn. It's dark, mysterious and intense. The characters stand out and the expressions are outstanding - lots of emotions and real people on display here.

Once again, we get some snippets of mysteries carrying through time, and we still don't know why the modern heroes are so concerned about Batman returning (not to mention the fact that several of them were facing their doom at the end of time last issue).

But those are all good reasons to keep following this story to see how it all sorts out. So far, it's quite good and highly recommended.

Grade: A-

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