GLX reviews Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5.
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencillers: Ryan Sook and Pere Perez
Inkers: Mick Gray and Pere Perez
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
"What is that you're reading?"
"A story close to my heart, you could say. The plot's got a few holes, but I think it's starting to make sense."
That sort of describes my feelings about Morrison's writing in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5. There's a lot of familiar elements at play, but not all of them are coming together for me. A lot of the blame falls upon this issue's late release. After all, this comic was supposed to come out in August. Still, there are some elements from Morrison's previous work that emerge here. Components from Batman RIP, the Club of Heroes story and even Batman #700 are tied into this issue. There's plenty of content here to make multiple readings a pleasure.
All of the characters act in a believable manner. Even his flat characters seem to have a nice foundation to them. The differences between Marsha and Bruce are interesting. Though it's not apparent within the first couple of pages, they have very different values. It also helps that Morrison's characters have some great lines.
"When you think about it, life is like a detective story...it's all shadows and clues, mysteries and secrets. And it always starts with a dame."
Ryan Sook is one hell of an artist. Every panel that he touches is unique, filled with expressive characters and a nice use of black. Mick Gray's inks further enhance Sook's art. Unfortunately, Sook and Gray didn't handle the entire comic. Thankfully, Pere Perez came in and did a nice job of keeping his art similar to Sook and Gray, while not forfeiting his art's unique properties. What every page shares in common is Jose Villarrubia's colors. Even though his work looks better with Sook and Gray's art, Villarrubia makes every page stand out.
For fans that were disappointed with issue #4 - fear not. With some solid art and Morrison's superb writing, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5 is worth the $4 price tag. Hopefully, the last issue can maintain or improve upon this issue's level of quality.
8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX