Comic Review: Batman vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1 (DC Comics)

For those who admire the work of Neal Adams, the veteran comic artist who ushered in the darker, more mysterious Batman in the late ’60s and ’70s, this new DC […]

For those who admire the work of Neal Adams, the veteran comic artist who ushered in the darker, more mysterious Batman in the late ’60s and ’70s, this new DC miniseries entitled Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul is a welcome treat.

Adams, now 78, is still very much active. He has recently written and illustrated critically acclaimed works like Batman Odyssey and The Coming of the Supermen, and a Deadman miniseries. Plus tons of single stories and variant covers for multiple publishers. And weekly convention appearances all over the world. That said, his writing has taken some hits from critics and readers, who can be baffled by twists of logic and opaque storylines.

Batman VS Ra’s al Ghul is an invigorating relief, then. The storyline is that US domestic terrorists are attacking US nuclear facilities at Gotham. Gangs of armed humanoids are descending and attacking. Enter Batman and Ra’s. And Deadman. There are appearances from other DC stalwarts and a cast of dozens, but the storyline stays understandable. It’s all tense, dramatic and well-illustrated, with Adams writing, penciling, inking and colouring his own work here.

DC, Batman VS Ra’s al Ghul, $3.99 for 22 pages of content. Teen +

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