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Grade 7 Up—Buzzing with action, Resurrection will appeal to Batman's fans, but it is not a good starting point for readers unfamiliar with the series history. Ra's Al Ghul has miraculously returned from what was thought to be a fiery demise. His features badly burned, Ra's needs a completely new host body to continue his evil ways. His candidate is bratty Damian-his grandson, who happens to be the child of Batman and Talia, Ra's Al Ghul's daughter. When Damian is eventually captured by his grandfather, Batman and Ra's face off to determine the boy's fate. The artwork varies with each chapter. Violence is depicted, and images of women may strike some as objectification. The exaggerated, comic-book-style illustrations are consistently well done, although characters are rendered differently by each artist, a fact that may throw off some readers. The writing also fluctuates with each chapter, from standard heroic platitudes to tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. This is not an essential purchase, but it will be welcomed by readers with knowledge of the characters and backstory.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
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Writers: Peter Milligan, Grant Morrison, Fabian Nicieza, Paul Dini and Keith Champagne. Artists: Don Kramer, Jason Pearson, Tony Daniel, David Lopez, Freddie Williams II, Ryan Benjamin and others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401220320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401220327
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jose Ibanez on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While the events of this graphic novel depict the return of Ra's Al Ghul to the land of the living, I noticed that the real theme of the story was about the relationship between a son and his father. Batman and his two adopted children, Tim Drake (the 3rd Robin) and Dick Grayson (Nightwing), join forces to protect his only biological son, Damian. In the mean time, Ra's Al Ghul is again presented as the complete opposite of Bruce Wayne, as it shows glimpses of his relationship with his father and son. While some thought the action was a little sparse, to me, the relationships explored here were far more interesting.

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.
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What happens when one of Batman's most powerful enemies comes back from the dead? Nothing too good, as Batman, Robin, and Nightwing and are about to find out in The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul. The story picks up with Damian, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul, seeking Batman for help when his grandfather returns from the grave to use him for a new body. Soon enough, Batman is on the scene, as Robin struggles with playing second fiddle to Damian, and Nightwing gets thrown into the mix as well. The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul is pretty much a crossover of a number of Batbooks, and feature contributions from writers including Grant Morrison, Paul Dini, Peter Milligan, Keith Champagne, and Fabian Nicieza; and artists including Tony Daniel, David Lopez, Jason Pearson, Freddie E. Williams II, Don Kramer, and Ryan Benjamin among others. The biggest problem with this hardcover collection is that a majority of the book just feels uneven and disjointed thanks to having so much talent on board throughout so many books. The brilliance of Grant Morrison's run on Batman in particular gets lost in all of this, but for the most part, The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul manages to be pretty entertaining regardless. Still though, it just seems that the story as a whole could have been much better too. Flaws aside though, The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul is a decent and entertaining Batman saga that you will get some enjoyment out of, but if you're looking for some Batman stories that really prove memorable, just stick with Grant Morrison's current run.
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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 Ra's seems a bit off and its focus on a relationship between Ra's and Batman is awkwardly portrayed at best.

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...
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