Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul Hardcover – May 20, 2008
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- Item Weight : 1.18 pounds
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401217853
- Product dimensions : 6.97 x 0.6 x 10.51 inches
- Publisher : DC Comics (May 20, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this story Ra's disembodied spirit is looking for a host and we get the filet of his life story as the host body is being prepared for possession. My understanding was that, if the Lazarus pool failed to resurrect the body then the character would be gone. I was hoping the redirection the story titled itself after was something less literal.
Now that Batman's got a son with Ra's Al Ghul's daughter, maybe the story is going to be about the Ascention of the kid to the role, or even more clever: his mother. Nah. This is a 'cult' story, a story of worship and ritual. This isn't a story of a rise to power and acceptance of the role (ala, I don't know, the Godfather, for example). Gramps want the body of the boy. And when that doesn't work out, we get the rise of zombie Ra's and soon another bodily possession of a character who was introduced just for that purpose and then to die. Meh.
I've always liked the relationship Ra's and Batman: his daughter loves the 'Detective' and is regularly blinded by his own love of his daughte to the point that she thwarts his plans time and again. But that's aside the point because these relationships are really unimportant in this story: just that the boy is Batman's son. And that Robin wants to resurrect his father. Geez. Not every character born of tragedy needs to be bathed in it and ignorantly obsessed...
There's no plan for world domination ... that's fine. There's no romance between Batman and Talia. Okay... There's no real character development ... Uh... The villain is a zombie. Oh.
And in the end? A toast to family and nothing's changed. It's just not what I want in a story focusing on Ra's Al Ghul, let alone a crossover 'event'.
I would save the money.
He and Nathan's family fight, Talks carried Damien away and our heroes take off in the Batjet and by the way it's Christmas...
I do hope this continued and will contain a more mature writer... This is like a sitcom or video game. Needs depth. Batman and company are DEEP
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This is pretty obvious in its plot points and pretty deconstructed in its gradual pacing but I have to say - I like it.
The resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul is only a background to this collection, this is much more about the manner in which Damien joins the Bat-Team supporting cast proper and the various interactions with the other Bat-boys.
The artwork varies a little but remains good enough throughout and the writing, although a tad repetitive and drawn out is consistent enough to hold the characterisations well.
Damien's story begins to bed in well here, a classic development and I am quite suprised at some of the less than glowing reviews posted here - so much so I wanted to add my own - this is a recommended volume.
For me Ra's Al Ghul is one of the premier foes of Batman, and he is deserving of a much better resurrection story than what he's been given. And as a result this is not an essential read if your following the whole Batman & Son arc towards RIP, but as long as you don't set your standards to high then you will probably enjoy this.
plot was contrived and the ending disappointing
dont waste your money