What did everyone think of it?? Thought it an overall solid enough Batman comic but a nothing special Special...
Batman: The Return
The cover was very plain for a poser piece. The One-Shot the marks Bruce's return needed more. Even a blurb would have helped. Does anyone know offhand if Batman Incorporated is to be read before or after this? Is it better or worse reading? Are there any sites listing the reading order of the ton of Battitles being pushed thru a reading funnel?
The POV of THE iconic bat that inspired Bruce is an inspired idea but 5 pages to do did NOT 'make it a great opener' for me. There's been cooler sequences that have dealt with Handbook DCU animals over a 'Discovery Channel' plain old bat account.
Then adding an indulgent double splash title page just added insult to injury with basically just the cover image shown again. Curious to see how often an artist will simply artistically omit the circle within the new Bat symbol on his chest in the future titles.
Okay the opening bomber scene does grab you with its exciting art. And a rescue right off showed many facets of who this old/new Batman is/will=be. including thinking outside the box and utility belt; did Bats plan if he fell off that specific side of the building - or were airbags set up all 'round. The prep time spent must be assumed even though it would be better to have found out Bats had sidekicks handling that while he went up to save the kid ASAP.
Sure, dwelling on layout design du jour every other appearance can sometimes be annoying when not visually pleasing - but that was NOT the case here. Now THAT double splash page is worth it. Awesome Batcave.
Batman talking to the troops is a necessary to 'The Return' of his reign over Gotham. Readers also get a good dose of directions for the Batfamily for the near future.
Can't imagine TRAKTIR deserving any Arkham Card Partiy invites but introducing a new foe felt like the right thing to do in his new
Batarmor. It was a weird intro sequence but the mano a mano choreography was nice enough. Robin acted weird for some reason missed on my first read thru.
Bruce and Damian have Part 1 or their long anticipated talk. Seems like it is going to be a clerical and reviewers nightmare to have to keep distinguishing Dick from Bruce if they are going to share the title. Reserving judgement but leaning towards not liking that.
Alfred does his standard sideline starring and promises to help out with this new
Wayne Reign for good or Batman International if you will. Then the next thing Bruce does is to plot a robbery! Ha! Well, at least the chronologically curious Catwoman is drawn in sans Sirens for readers to start debating on their dynamics now.
Return to the weird villain stuff was a confusing way to end it with Batman trying for a catchy closing line "GAME ON" that didnt strike a chord. Do not feel this One-Shot was best served with such an open ending. They went with trying to grab readers interest to come back rather than go with a selfcontained feel good ending to endear Batman, again, to tempt readers with more happy endings. Hopefully for DC this relaunch works and it is not GAME OVER.
Here is the plain ending with Batman sitting on the job
I miss my brother.