Batman and Ra’s al Ghul #32 Review

Will Batman retrieve the body of Damian or will Ra’s succeed in his sick plan? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC Comics:

“The Hunt for Robin” concludes! Batman has caught up to Ra’s al Ghul, and the battle for the bodies of Talia and Damian begins!

Batman and Ra's al Ghul #32 variantEver since Damian’s death in Batman Incorporated it was only a matter of time before the young mischief maker returned. In Batman and…’s most recent story it’s been teasing this possible return with the upcoming Robin Rises: Omega escalating this. In this issue Batman finally confronts Ra’s al Ghul and along with Frankenstein attempts to retrieve the body of his dead son. These events prove to be very dramatic and intense with the outcome being rather shocking.

Following a slight decline in quality following Damian’s death Peter J. Tomasi has really picked things up over the last couple of arcs with The Hunt for Robin being a intense game of cat and mouse. In this issue itself Tomasi excelled with his dialogue with the dramatic exchange of words between the Dark Knight and the Demon’s Head being gripping to say the least. He also gave us dynamic action with the small glimpse into Damian’s past being very intriguing. Despite all this I did find the ending to be ever so slightly anticlimactic as though shocking it kind of took away from the tense battle.

Patrick Gleason‘s work has really grown on me over the course of this series as though I’ve always found it appealing it’s impressed me more and more with each passing issue. The way he shows the classic Batman in shadows really stuck a high note as though it’s commonly used to add suspense it brings back fond memories of the Batman Animated Series. Gleason also adds a dynamic flow with the action and general layout giving an intense vibe to the story. We also get brilliant inks from Mick Gray and terrific colours from John Kalisz with it adding to the dark tone of the issue.

Batman and Ra’s al Ghul brings The Hunt for Robin to a shocking climax with the set-up work making me eager for Robin Rises: Omega’s release. Highly recommended.

  • + Peter J. Tomasi does a fabulous job of setting up Robin Rises: Omega!
  • + Dark and dynamic artwork from Patrick Gleason.
  • + Batman finally gets his hands on Ra’s.
  • - Though the climax was shocking it was also anticlimactic.

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