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Batman: Tales of the Demon Paperback – February 23, 1991

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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (February 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930289943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930289942
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get this to complete your collection, but you may not find yourself re-reading it.
Matthew Hamby
The Tales of the Demon graphic novel is a great collection, chronicling the early encounters between Batman and Ra's Al Ghul.
I have always loved Batman and this is one of the best, to me at least, in the Batman comic publications.
Alvin Lewis

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Volmar on June 29, 2004
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This book is a beautiful, complete reprint of the original 1970's stories that shaped Ra's al Ghul and Batman's relationship.
It includes issues #232, 235, 240, 242, 243 and 244 of Batman Comics, Detective Comics #411, 485, 489 and 490, and DC Special Series Volume 2 #15.
Since they are collected in a single volume in the same format that they were originally printed and released (from non-sequential issues), when reading from cover to cover there are many gaps in the story line, some seemingly unresolved endings and a few abrupt beginnings. Remember, Ra's al Ghul's case was one Batman kept open between his usual obligations to Gotham.
Also noticeable is the fact that neither Batman nor Ra's al Ghul live up to their present-day personalities in these stories. But, it's fair to keep in mind that Adams and O'Neil's was the first attempt to return the Dark Knight to his dark, gothic origins and break the stride of his 1960's camp characterization. This they cleverly did by matching him against an antagonist that not only respected him and constantly tested his prowess and investigative abilities, but that also wanted to recruit him as his successor, making the Batman doubt his own morality.
This volume's value is mostly archival, collecting every appearance of Ra's al Ghul and containing the sources of other events in the life of the Caped Crusader like his marriage to Talia, Ra's's daughter, the death of the first Batgirl, and the origins of Matches Malone.
As a bonus, it also includes a delightful introduction by Sam Hamm, explaining the villain's creation, and an afterword by Dennis O'Neil, looking back at his involvement with Batman over the years.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Corum Seth Smith on August 3, 2005
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"Tales of the Demon" highlights the issues of the comic in which the infamous villain, Ras Al Ghul, was introduced. Ras Al Ghul is one of the best Batman villains out there. He knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman, he is the leader of powerful assassin groups, and he can be revived from death or serious injury by using his "Lazarus Pit," implying that he may outlive Batman. However, Ras would actually like Batman to replace him and take his beautiful daughter Talia as his wife. So the relationship between the two is very complex.

Batman realizes that in terms of strategy, power, and longevity, Ras may be his greatest challenge. Threatening worldwide destruction, Ras is a villain whose scope of tyranny oustretches even the Joker's. Batman desperately seeks to bring Ras to justice. Not even his affection for Talia can deter him from this single goal.

The stories depict two men who conceive justice in extremely different ways. This book chronicles the personal war that wages on between two men who are strikingly similar and yet worlds apart. If you want to read the history of one of the greatest Batman villains, this is for you.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Savant11 on April 16, 2005
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This book collects the entire 70's run of stories involving Ra's Al Ghul (the demons head) and Batman. It was written mostly by Denny O'Neil and penciled by the Neal Adams, one of the most famous Batman artists ever.

It involves eco terrorist Ra's Al Ghul as he takes on Batman. Ra's has one daughter, Talia. Whom Ra's wants Batman to marry as he is the only man worthy of her, and whom Ra's wants to take over his operations after he dies.

Some view The Joker as Batman's greatest foe. But I say it is Ra's. He is Moriarty to Batman's Sherlock Holmes. And while there is an animus between both men. There is also a grudging respect. Almost like a father and son relationship.

Anyone familiar with the James Bond films, will notice a startling simlarity between this book and the movie "On Her Majesties Secret Service". I don't know whether it was intentional or not but it seemed that movie(or book) was heavily refrenced in this book.

The story is not that engaging, but I am not going to fault it for that because it was written back in the 70's. And writing styles have changed. However this book is a must for Batman fans and those who want to know how the Ra's Al Ghul saga started.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. Grindrod on November 30, 2005
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While most of the material was originally published during the early 1970s, none of it appears outdated or lacklustre; a testimony to Dennis O'Neil & Neal Adams' vision of comic book storytelling. This trade paperback edition also includes stories that first appeared in 1978, 1979 & 1980. These later tales lack the intensity and drama of Al Ghul's earlier appearances but they still overpower the nonsensical sagas of Bruce Wayne: Murderer & Batman: War Games.

There is no doubt that The Joker is the most recognizable nemesis of Batman's rogue gallery. Alongside The Penguin, Two-Face, The Riddler and the original, criminal version of Catwoman, these characters have helped define as well as elevate The Caped Crusader's popularity in all mediums whether it be comic books, animation or film. However, what separates Ra's Al Ghul from the other villains is that he is not grotesque in appearance nor is he prolifically insane. Contrary to Batman's high profiled enemies, this character is treacherously intelligent, logical and relies on order instead of chaos to further advance his plans. Another distinctive trait is that by harnessing the earth's magnetic currents and the properties of certain chemicals, he has invented a method to revive his body when death approaches'. The aptly named `Lazarus Pit' has allowed Ra's Al Ghul several lifetimes in which he created a network whose goal is to cleanse the earth of a parasite that is destroying the planet. That is, the over abundance of human population that is making the air non-breathable, the water undrinkable and rapidly depleting our planet's life giving resources. Al Ghul has no desire to completely wipe out the human race but rather to downsize it at a level that the earth can sustain and of course, would usher this new age as its master.
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