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Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

“Shadow on Stone”

Volume 1, Issue 1, Early July 2010
Released May 12, 2010

Cover Price: $3.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 114,447 Rating
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  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, Vol. 1, #1. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Chris Sprouse
Inker: Karl Story
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Janelle Siegel
Editor: Mike Marts

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Cover Description: Prehistoric Batman assaults an angry mob of cavemen. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: Lost in time, Batman struggles to find his bearings.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Cameo (Booster Gold makes a minor appearance)

Costume Worn: MARK I.v2 power-suit

This story has been reprinted in:
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne (2012)

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Image Copyright DC Comics

Page 36, panel 2
Booster Gold, Green Lantern, Superman, and Rip Hunter visit Earth's prehistoric past in search of Bruce Wayne, who is apparently bouncing through Earth's history. Booster's "Omega Radiation" comment is a reference to the Omega Effect employed by Darkseid, the New God who "killed" Batman during the events of Final Crisis.

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Boosterrific Review: Heavily steeped in Batman tradition and Silver Age continuity, I enjoyed this issue in spite of myself. Still, the book fails to shed any real light on Batman's situation, creating even more questions than it answers, and doesn't even really begin to tell a story that has to be concluded in only 5 more issues.

To the point, this issue about is what one could expect from a contemporary Grant Morrison story. Whether that is an asset or not is for you to decide.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

Average Fan Rating:

  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
(3 votes)

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
BoosterPowershot (Oct. 21, 2010, 10:51:52)
This issue gets 3 stars ONLY because of the appearance of Booster in the panel shown above. The scene is a pretty well drawn one, and the angle looks real slick.

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
KMD (May. 26, 2010, 15:40:47)
I was expecting something a bit more memorable here.

  • Currently 2.0/5 Stars.
Superman (May. 16, 2010, 10:44:41)
Have to wait and see what Grant Morrison has planned next, but this book is not as gripping as I expected it to be.

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