The new issue of DC’s Batman Ra’s Al Ghul starts off with a tremendous cover by writer and artist Neal Adams. Adams, of course, is no stranger to either Batman or Ra’s Al, having helped usher in the ‘new’ Batman decades ago, and having helped bring Ra’s Al Ghul to the forefront in the ’70s.

The story, pencils, inks, and colouring are all by Adams. The artwork is superb, actually. Great figures, nice panel composition, and flow from panel to panel. The reader always knows what’s going on, and where the story is leading them. The colouring is vivid, dramatic and, well, colourful!

Unfortunately, this issue isn’t as strong as the first issue. The dialogue here is chatty, irreverent. Characters hang around talking, spouting dialogue page after page. Which is okay if the dialogue is leading somewhere or giving us insight. In this case, it’s like sitting at the dinner table at Thanksgiving, listening to idle chatter. It’s a bit much and gets tedious. The story could have been edited more tightly.

Having said that, don’t count the series out, there are several issues left to go.

DC, Batman Ra’s Al Ghul #2, $3.99 for 21 pages of content. Teen

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!