As the cover tells us: “The Search for Bruce Wayne Begins!” (Actually, the search began two-and-a-half months ago with The Search for Bruce Wayne #1, but that’s neither here nor there.) Booster Gold, Superman, Green Lantern, and Rip Hunter will attempt to find Batman before he can cause irreperable harm to the timestream.
For the first time we’re given a reason (an analogy to a healthy body and a virus) why Bruce Wayne’s travel through time isn’t a good thing. It’s not the best rationale for the problem of why time seems to be unraveling, but at least we’re finally given one. I guess it will have to do.
I actually enjoyed this issue more than I have so far with The Return of Bruce Wayne. The perspective shifting to the group searching for Wayne instead of somewhat bewildered Batman (three issues in, it’s still unclear exactly how much of his real life the Dark Knight remembers) makes the quest more interesting.
And I do have to hand it to writer Dan Jurgens for finding a way to include Superman in a comic without allowing him to overpower it. The rules of time must be obeyed, even by the Man of Steel. Worth a look.