Batman: Death And The Maidens

August 23, 2004 | Trades


Batman: Death And The Maidens
Greg Rucka, Klaus Janson
DC Comics
$30.95/$19.99 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Batman’s greatest enemy is dying.
Ra’s Al Ghul, the Demon’s Head, has survived for over six hundred years by renewing himself in his Lazarus pits. But there are few left, and the villain needs the Dark Knight’s help to find one before he withers away.
What can Ra’s offer the world’s greatest detective in exchange for this information? Nothing less the means to communicate with the parents he lost so long ago in a hail of gunfire.
While the pair play their cat and mouse game, the sinister Nyssa appears, denying aid to Ra’s in his quest for a pit, while telling Batman to simply let the villain die.
Flashing back in time, we learn Nyssa’s age belies her beautiful appearance and that her life and Ra’s’ are very much intertwined.
Death And The Maidens examines family, destiny and the hard choices that people make, leading both Nyssa and Bruce Wayne to surprising realizations.
Veteran artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil) gives this series an edgy feel with his ink-heavy work, while writer Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, Queen & Country) has crafted a smart Batman story that shakes up the status quo, which will no doubt have lasting repercussions on the life of the Dark Knight.

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