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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 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...Read more ›
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The story about Ra's Al Ghul rescurrecting and Thalia's involvement in the story are good. However the scriptwriter has included almost non-stop action in the comic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ossiman
A great collection of stories about one of Batman's greatest foes and the introduction of the future character to take over in timePublished 9 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 12 months ago by jason lyell
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 17 months ago by Robert