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Mike W. Barr has written in every one of the first four incarnations of Star Trek: Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager -- in either comic book or other formats. His credits include the first comic book version of Star Trek that was commercially viable and critically acclaimed; Camelot 3000. He also worked on the first comic book maxi-series, with artist Brian Holland - Batman: Son of the Demon. This graphic novel's proceeds restored DC Comics to first place in sales after fifteen years. Barr's Batman scripts have been adapted for the mobie Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and for several episodes of the Batman cartoon show and he continues to be a profilic writer of novels.
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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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Most reviewers give "Birth" all the praise, but the other two books are also quite good. Son of the Demon was very enjoyable, especially the beginning. Although continuity is questionable, and a whole other discussion, the part where Batman finally opens up with Talia and lets himself become emotionally vulnerable is interesting to see. Bride of the Demon is sometimes reviewed harshly, but I still thought it was an enjoyable tale. A little lengthy, and the art isn't quite as breathtaking as the other two, but nonetheless a good read. You can tell the origin of this book is dated - it appears to be set in the late 70s/early 80s. However, it doesn't feel dated though because the issues they face in this book are still major issues today - global warming, greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, etc. Finally, Birth of the Demon is already reviewed at length by many of the others on here so I won't go into detail. If I had to rate them right now off the top of my head, I would give "Birth" a 5 of 5, "Son" a 4.5 of 5, and "Bride" a 3.8 of 5. While many might not consider this an essential batman TPB, it would be a shame not to read this, especially if you're past the "recommended reading" of Batman (Long Halloween, Hush, Year One, Dark Knight Returns, etc). If you enjoy "Birth", Ras' origin tale, you may also enjoy "Tales of the Demon", which is more of his Year One in confronting Batman. They are very different, however, in that Tales is more of a collection of short stories and is not an epic such as Birth. Not a bad combo for a Ras fan, however.
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