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Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul Paperback – May 12, 2009
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Damian, Bruce Wayne's son and Ra's Al Ghul's grandson, plays an integral part in the plan to bring Ra's back to life. He has been raised in the lap of luxury and has known no hardship. Naturally, he's completely insufferable, and is a very easy character to hate. In what could perhaps become a redeeming quality, however, what Damian desires above all else is the approval of his father, even though Bruce could really care less, and is much more interested in ensuring Ra's remains comfortably dead.
Nightwing and Robin, Bruce's two "adopted" sons, also seek the respect of Batman, but I think deep down they know they already have it. Neither want to fail him, but also, it seems both would rather have their biological parents back if they could. By far, the best parts of this graphic novel are the scene written by Paul Dini where Ra's tempts Robin with bringing his parents back, and the resolution of that situation later on.
The second Robin, Jason Todd, is only mentioned in passing, but it should be noted that he was killed by the Joker while looking for his biological mother.Read more ›
In a recent radio interview on Coast-to-Coast, Neal Adams remarked that he and Denny O'Neil -- in their massive stint at re-creating the Batman mythology in the 1970's and 1980's -- were tasked at one point in creating a stellar Bat-villain: much like Sherlock Holmes has his Professor Moriarity, they gave Batman his Ras al Ghul ... an almost evil mirror-image to Bruce Wayne: Ras had vastly greater wealth and power than his Gotham playboy counterpart, and he represented the worst the could have happened to Bruce had he allowed the death of his parents to push him onto a more violent, more vengeance-fueled path. Ras was the perfect foil -- where Bruce was a socialite, Ras was an introvert. Where Bruce used his influence in Gotham, Ras' playground was the entire world. But, alas, it wasn't meant to be: Ras perished in a fiery doom and was thought to have at last found rest in peace. His return, however, is far from perfect: his flesh has been denied the healing powers of the Lazarus Pit for far too long so a new host body is required ... and, lo and behold, Batman and Ras' daughter's tryst (oh, the ever lovely Talia) in BATMAN: BRIDE OF THE DEMON produced a male child -- Damian -- and now the Caped Crusader must race against time to thwart his adversary's dark plans to inhabit the soul of the son he never knew he had.
That said, there's probably as much to celebrate in RESURRECTION as there is to -- well -- loath.Read more ›
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A great collection of stories about one of Batman's greatest foes and the introduction of the future character to take over in timePublished 3 months ago by daniel james mceachren
Ra's is definitely one of the more interesting characters in the DC universe and has been one of my favourites since I saw him in batman begins. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jason lyell
This story doesn't hold a candle to the older Demon stories. Maybe it's not supposed to: it's not about the goal of cleansing the earth, the art is disjointed, the character of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ra's Al Ghul (The Demons Head) had lived for centuries, and finally died for real during "Batman: Death and the Maidens", but no one stays dead forever in comic books, with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert