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on 6 September 2012
This is a really confusing short Batman book. First the sub-title "Year One" - this book has nothing to do with Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli's masterpiece. Apparently it relates to the first Chris Nolan Batman movie, "Batman Begins", but doesn't really as it has nothing to do with that either. The story makes no sense whatsoever. Ra's Al-Ghul is finally dead and Batman has destroyed all of the Lazarus Pits - except one remains which means no one in Gotham can die? My understanding of the Lazarus Pits were that whoever went into them were brought back from death or near-death; the very existence of them doesn't automatically mean people thousands of miles away are affected. Yet that seems to be the baffling premise sending Batman around the world fighting Ra's henchmen.
This is as brainless a book as the zombies that appear in the story and makes no sense whatsoever as a Batman story or as a companion to any of the Nolan films. It's both poorly conceived and written and is a complete bore to read despite its short page count. For readers looking to find out more about the mysterious Ra's Al-Ghul, try "Birth of the Demon" instead and ignore this strange aberration of the Batman mythos.