I honestly never thought I would see Batman portrayed as a caveman, pilgrim, pirate, or cowboy, but here it is all in black and white.
Here we have the first four covers to DC Comics new comic book from writer Grant Morrison, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. This gives us a pretty good idea of what Morrison has in store for us in this new series. This great looking cover art was created by Andy Kubert and here's what Batman editor Michael Marts had to say,
In these covers for RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, artist Andy Kubert gives readers an exclusive glimpse into the mysterious realms that Grant Morrison has imagined for RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE. Intrigued? And guess what—this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne finds the original Batman trying to reclaim his memory, his identity and his proper place in time and space. The series marks the return of one of comic book's most iconic characters and, Morrison says, begins an important new chapter in a complex series of Batman stories that the author has been developing and intertwining over the past five years.
The first episode is set in the Late-Paleolithic Era, the second is in Pilgrim-era Gotham Village, and we also get to see Gotham in Western or noir style.
Each of the stories is a twist on a different "pulp hero" genre — so there's the caveman story, the witchhunter/Puritan adventurer thing, the pirate Batman, the cowboy, the P.I. — as a nod toward those mad old 1950s comics with Caveman Batman and Viking Batman adventures. It's Bruce Wayne's ultimate challenge — Batman vs. history itself!
I've tried to thoroughly research each time period so that the stories work not only as at least fairly plausible reconstructions of life in the real 17th or 19th centuries but also as romanticized "pulp" versions too, while at the same time referencing the more extravagant history of the fictional DC Comics Universe in the background.
This sounds like it will be a great series. Check out the artwork below and tell us what ya think!