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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845768450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845768454
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 0.9 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,168,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
SPOILERS

So Ra's Al-Ghul is back from the dead. Again. He's after a new body to insert his spirit into and picks his daughter Talia and Bruce Wayne's kid, Damian, for the task only Damian doesn't want to be a shell for a centuries old nutjob so he runs to Gotham to hide. Enter the Bat.

This is a pre-cursor to the huge saga that Batman went on that Grant Morrison masterminded, so maybe coming to this after I've read the series is a bit late, but I guess I was hoping for some fun, but saying that it's kind of a chore to read and not that brilliant a book.

Ra's Al-Ghul's return was always going to have a confrontation with Batman, and this happens, and there's a bunch of fighting as Batman fights his way through the legions of henchmen that Ra's throws up along the way and of course he deals with them too.

There are a lot of side stories that seem to detract from the overall story arc such as the three sub-par superheroines in Gotham, the whole Batman in Australia thing, the "death" of White Ghost which doesn't explain why 100 pages later he re-appears without explanation, or the pointless fight between Tim Drake and Dick Grayson that was a waste of time even before it started, let alone an issue later. This might have been because of the various writers involved - Grant Morrison and Paul Dini are emblazoned on the cover but they only wrote two issues each, so the majority of the book was handed over to lesser writers to pick up.

Ra's is kind of an ok villain but because of his extreme longevity coupled with a seeming indestructibleness and what appears to be magical powers to transfer himself from one person to another, he's the kind of ethereal villain that shouldn't be in Batman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 May 2013
Format: Paperback
This volume reprints the titular story which spans Batman Annual #26, Robin Annual #7, Batman #670-671, Robin #168-169, Nightwing #138-139, and Detective Comics #838-839. Batman is investigating the disappearance of two Wayne Foundation employees in the Australian Outback and discovers a hyper-active old man who recalls his days on a convict ship, which leads to the discovery of a Lazarus Pit... Meanwhile Talia is teaching her son Damian the life story of her father, Ra's Al Ghul, prompted by her father's chief aide, the White Ghost, who has preserved Ra's's `spirit' in a Lazarus Pit, and is preparing a new host for it to inhabit... The Sensei is also after the secret of immortality and is looking for the path to the hidden city of Nanda Parbat... All these strands get interwoven as Talia and Damian decide they don't approve of the White Ghost's choice of host for Ra's, and go on the run. Damian goes to the Batcave looking for his father, who happens to be off tracking Ra's, leaving left Robin in charge. Nightwing is called in to help as an army of ninjas invades Wayne Manor looking for Damian, and everyone ends up in a final showdown in the Himalayas. This is a story about the importance of family, as several characters have to make choices about which family is most important to them, and although there are a few minor continuity errors in Damian's clothes between episodes, this is a well-written and well-illustrated entertaining adventure. I shall overlook the insulting cameo of the Duke of Wellington and the ill-judged reference to Lady Hamilton, mistress of the late Lord Nelson.
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By Flora on 20 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was not as good as I expected it to be and the artwork seemed like it was aimed at a teenage demographic
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By A. Standen on 9 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There are positives and negatives to this story; it's certainly not a classic by any means but that's not to say it's all bad. However I will admit that I think the actual story has been badly developed, it's all so basic and you can guess what's going to happen before even having to turn the page. Why one graphic novel needs four writers and subsequently four artists to complete is beyond me. And that is where my main issue lies, the constant changing of the artwork really annoyed me. Some of the chapters, specifically the ones drawn by Tony Daniel, are very well done; But there are some that look so cartoony and truly awful. But if I look past that then I still rather enjoyed it.

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.
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