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Batman: Birth of the Demon Paperback – March 13, 2012

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Mike W. Barr, American comic books writer, is a regular contributor to both DC and Marvel. Denny O'Neil was the guiding force behind the Batman mythos during the '80s and '90s. He has also penned, amongst others, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Daredevil and The Hulk. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233815
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on March 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
In 1971, Ra's Al Ghul was created. An opponent of the Batman that, unlike his many other rouge villains created: Ra's was extremely intelligent, honorable, well financed, patient, unyielding, and had vast respect for his adversary. Ra's was an opponent that was ahead of his time; enough so where he has gone on to be what many consider Batman's greatest foe, even over The Joker (and if Joker is #1, then Ra's is a close second place). Ra's is even considered one of the greatest super villains in comic history. That's impressive, considering he was created in the mid-Silver Age of Comics, unlike many other famous villains created in the Golden Age and early Silver Age. And where as Batman: Tales of the Demon is the first Ra's stories told (and a definite pick-up for any fan of Ra's), there is only a hand-full of select definitive Ra's stories out there...until now...and finally collected together for the first time as "The Demon" trilogy!

BATMAN: BIRTH OF THE DEMON collects:
Batman - Son of the Demon (DC Comics)(Written by Mike W. Burr and penciled by Jerry Bingham)
Batman: Bride of the Demon(Written by Mike W. Burr and penciled by Tom Grindberg)
Batman: Birth of the Demon(Written by Dennis O'Neil and penciled by Norm Breyfogle)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Birth of the Demon is possibly the greatest Ra's Al Ghul story of all time, and certainly the best post-crisis tale featuring him. Batman has discovered a way to use Ley lines to find out where Ra's will have to dig his Lazarus Pits, which are responsible for his prolonged life. This leads to an account of Al Ghul's history, his discovery of the Lazarus Pits, and how he became the man he is today. The inevitable confrontation between Ra's and Batman is spectacular. Denny O'Neil, one of our finest writers, agains demonstrates his complete mastery of the written word, and artist extraordinaire Norm Breyfogle provides the breathtaking painted art. This is a magnificent tale; if you're a Batman fan, it's required reading.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gus Gordon on February 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ra's Al Ghul is easily Batman's most intelligent and feared nemesis in the entire Rogues Gallery of Gotham. This book sets out to finally quell in questions the well-read Demon and Batman reader's questions about how Demon's head got his name, where he came from, how he came to be the mad man we know now. This book doesn't disappoint. The artwork makes you fall right into it, as if you were living it rather than reading it. A must-have to complete the saga of Batman and his struggle to defeat the world's oldest living eco-terrorist: Ra's Al Ghul.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Regina on July 16, 2012
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There are three stories contained in this collection: "Son of the Demon", "Bride of the Demon" and "Birth of the Demon". Each story was originally published as a one-shot by DC in the late 80s - early 90s, and they're all very enjoyable. "Son of the Demon" is a tale where Batman and Ra's team-up to stop a terrorist with a link to Ra's past. Throughout the tale Batman and Ra's form a bond in a way and Batman even fathers a son (Damian, who is now Batman's latest Robin). This story strengthens the odd familail element present in all stories featuring Ra's and Batman, showing how they have simiarl goals, but can never really see eye-to-eye. Also, like most great Ra's stories it makes Batman into the globe-trotting James Bond-esque hero of the story, and that's always a fun depature from the grim, street level crime stories he is usually a part of.

However, the centerpiece of this collection is "Birth of the Demon". This story is worth the price of the collection alone. With a story by Denny O'Neil and painted art by the excellent Norm Breyfogle, this story follows the origin of Ra's Al Ghul and tells us of the tragedy that lead him to become the man he is now. I won't give away anything contained here, because I feel it's best to go in cold. You'll appreciate it much more that way. This is a must read for any Batman fan though. Often-times retroactive origin stories tend to be disappointing, or take away from the impact of a character. However, O'Neil is talented enough and has enough faith in his creation that he creates an excellent, nuanced story for Ra's, and it only gives him more dimensions as a character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Beitler on August 25, 2012
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Title: Batman: Birth of the Demon
Publisher: DC
Writers: Mike Barr & Dennis O'Neil
Artists: Norm Breyfogle, Tom & Eva Grindburg, Jerry Bingham
Collects: Batman: Son of the Demon, Batman: Bride of the Demon, Batman: Birth of the Demon
Price: $29.99

If you're a fan of Ra's al Ghul (aka The Demon's Head), you're going to want to pick up this book. Collecting the Demon Trilogy into one book, each of the stories in this trade focus on Batman's interactions with Ra's al Ghul and his daughter, Talia.

In the first book, we get to see Bruce Wayne's short-lived marriage to Talia. Though there was barely enough time to consummate the marriage, Batman leaves Talia with child, planting the seeds for the stories that dominated the Batman serialized books for the past few years (Batman and Son, Batman & Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn, Batman & Robin, Vol. 2: Batman vs. Robin).

In the second story we see Ra's attempts to live as a happily-married man, once again, as well as Batman's efforts to stop his latest world-ending agenda. Of the three books, this story is the weakest, though because it focuses on global warming, it still has some relevance, today.

The last book of the three is my personal favorite, as it tells the origin story of Ra's al Ghul. Having read this story, I like the character a whole lot more, and the climactic battle between Batman and Ra's at the end of the book is a great one!
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