lived hundreds of years but he's not immortal. The eco-terrorist
knows his days are numbered, his life's work far from complete.
Time and again the Dark Knight has thwarted him. But now,
a dying Ra's al Ghul has no choice but to beg Batman, his
greatest nemesis, for help. In exchange, he offers the Dark
Knight the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to speak
with his dead parents. But that ability comes with a price,
and what Batman's parents have to say to him will profoundly
affect both the man and the hero...
and the Maidens is
a good solid romp through the Batman universe. Author,
Greg Rucka, delves into the caped crusader's past and
asks what would Bruce's parents think of how he turned out
if they could see him from the spirit world? The answer is
not what Bruce would have hoped for. But, is his meeting with
his parents a clever trick, an hallucination, or is it for
real? And does it really matter? Has he wasted his life chasing
crime? And now that he no longer feels any emotion regarding
his parents murder, is it time to hang up the mantle of the
Janson's artwork beautifully compliments Rucka's script. Janson's
job is not an easy one, as the story shoots forwards and backwards
in time (almost on a page by page basis on occasion). Being
able to differentiate between each time period is essential
if you want to stop the reader getting lost - and Janson manages
to do this without drawing attention to the fact too much.
doesn't matter if you are not familiar with Ra's al Ghul and
Batman's past history, nor the fact that Batman and Ghul's
daughter, Talia, had a previous relationship. In fact even
if you come to this collection knowing nothing about Batman,
you will still go away having enjoyed this tale as much as
a true Bat fanatics.
wonderfully told tale.
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