DC Comics has announced a new series of one-shots that takes a look at Bruce Wayne’s return and how it affects those around him.

Welcome to BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME, eight one-shots that cover the city of Gotham and beyond, from Dick Grayson and Damian to the Birds of Prey to Red Robin to Commissioner Gordon in stories told by some of the industry’s brightest stars, including Adam Beechen, Fabian Nicieza, Mike Barr, Pere Perez, Ramon Bachs, Marc Andreyko, Cliff Richards and Bryan Q. Miller, featuring a connecting, 8-part cover by superstar artist Shane Davis.

Eight one-shots!?  For those wondering if Bruce will really be Batman again, Mike Marts spoils it for you.

“Bruce Wayne’s journey back home has been a long and dangerous road, but before he can assume the mantle of the Bat again, he must first figure out how things have changed in the world around him, how relationships have changed…and how those changes will effect his decisions moving forward as the protector of Gotham City.”

Bruce Wayne: The Road Home kicks off in October.

via The Source

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  1. Brian G.
    July 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    This makes me very happy! :)

    I’m also a sucker for connecting covers…

  2. TaZ
    July 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    So I guess shunting Chris Kent back into the Phantom Zone with Mon-El clears it for Dick Greyson to go back to being Nightwing in the future. Here’s hoping that Bruce decides to chose another way to assume the “Mantle of the Bat”. Dick Greyson’s doing a fine job as the Caped Crusader, IMO.

    Not only that, the question leads that after all he’s been through and since he basically used a gun to “kill” someone (who’s not really “dead”…blah, blah, blah fishcakes…) can he be effective as Batman again? Guess we’ll see.

    Not what I was looking for but with Steve Rogers having the jump on “passing on the torch and becoming something else” deal I suppose that this is the way to go.

    So, let’s recap the condition of DC’s supposed “Trinity”, shall we?

    1) Superman – Leaves his wife for a year, his second home-world gets blowed up (real good) and damn near everyone killed (again), comes home, kisses Lois and then sets off walking across America (but not the South) for some type of liberal-yahoo soul-searching.

    2) Wonder Woman – Causes the biggest furor over the character since the George Perez years by having a costume switch and being in a story-line that appears to be some type of alternate-reality heebie jeebie while stealing Kit Walker’s gimmick and stamping a “W” into the head of horrible (powerless) men that she beats up.

    3) Bruce Wayne – Coming off a really nasty head-trip through time trying to not bump into Steve Rogers (a good reason that there’s no Bruce Wayne in WWII book in the series) and in complete denial that the version of Batman in First Wave is way cooler. Now we know that he, like his pal Clark, will wonder around for about a year pondering his place in the world like some grad-school student who finally leaves college for the first time in 10 years.

    Which means that all three of these series will probably tie up these incredibly stupid plot lines just in time for the next BIG EVENT from DC next summer in which all three respectively fly, jiggle (in original costume) and swing into action again. Be still my foolish heart…

  3. July 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    Wake me up when Bruce Wayne actually is Batman again…

  4. Obsidian
    July 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    Hm. Not sure that Marts spoiled anything, actually. (Or perhaps this is my foolish wishful thinking at work.) Maybe Bruce will come back and realize that he can be the protector of Gotham just as effectively as the “General” rather than the “Field Commander.” After all, a scenerio like that could very nicely open the door for the events that finally push the Bat Family (with Bruce being an even more difficult micro-manager when he’s not physically in the fray) away and create the stage for Batman Beyond.

    Ah, who am I kidding? They won’t bring Bruce back just to have him do something other than be Batman. Unlike Captain America, Bruce is obsessive. Any dreams of a Secret Justice League are far fetched at best.

  5. DoctorFate77
    July 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    I, personally, would welcome Bruce back as the Batman. I would prefer that Captain America’s recent sagas not be a complete template and spoiler for DC’s greatest detective. Isaiah Bradley, John Walker, Jeffrey Mace… there have been multiple Cap’s. There’s only been one Batman.

    I’ve always been a fan of the DC trinity. I can’t say I’m fond of the idea them not being together because Batman has to go help the Titans save Raven from Trigon for the 50th time.

  6. Ricco
    July 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    Seen how she realised she loved Bruce during Blackest Night, I hope Wonder Woman gets one.

  7. Larry King
    July 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Well if Bruce does take the Batman mantle back I am glad I didn’t buy into the Dick Grayson Batman role. I really like Morrisons first issue of Batman and Robin, but knew that Bats would be back sooner or later. I was pleasently surprised when Marvel brought Cap back and didn’t have him take up the mantle from Bucky, my fingers are crossed that the same happens with Bruce and Dick, and I can embrace the Grayson Batman with no hesitation.

  8. nu
    July 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm — Reply

    Bruce Wayne = Gray Ghost

    • nu
      July 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm — Reply

      But if he comes back with powers Burce will become The Phantom Stranger

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