Like always when I’m trying to explore some character or plot point, I went to Josh Epstein, and this time I asked for some books that involved Ra’s Al Ghul and Talia. I’d seen bits and pieces of stories where they were in it. I’d seen their interactions in the Batman video games but didn’t really know what was up. Josh didn’t even have an answer for me. Instead, David Jetter, the news editor here, gave me some suggestions. First up was Batman: Son of the Demon.
I finally got my hands on it, but when I flipped it open I was not so excited about reading it. I’ve gotten spoiled with recent art styles and rich colors. It all looked washed out. It was written when I was thirteen, though, so I guess I shouldn’t really complain.
But then the story was really predictable, and Talia, who I thought was going to be super tough, was a let down, and the story was really slow paced. I’m glad I read it because I got a little more insight into some of the foundations of Batman, but really and truly I was bored.
David also recommended Death and the Maidens. I’m still trying to get my hands on it. Maybe I’ll like it better.
(Cross posted on Capeless Crusader and Tattoogirl Reads)
In the real world Tattoogirl is known as Mai Byers and is a store manager at a video game store. She loves all things nerdy but has only recently gotten interested in the American comic book scene. She writes the column Point of Entry and reviews books and comics incessantly. It’s not just a clever name, she has 30 tattoos. Contact her at email@example.com