Batman and Robin #23.3

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jorge Lucas Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
7.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

The origin of Ra's al Ghul in The New 52! For centuries Ra's has had a plan for this world, and now he is faced with an offer from the Secret Society that could help him achieve what he wants...or undo everything he has worked for. Which path will the Demon's Head choose?

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 18, 2013

     Ra's is back, and I've been reminded why he's such a great villain to read. He's arrogant in all the right ways, and knows what's what in the world, and the Secret Society doesn't mean a damn thing to him, as it shouldn't. The way James Tynion wrote him reacting to the Secret Society, as if they were a joke, was just so spot on. I'm ready for Ra's to be a big part of Batman corner in the DCU again. I know he's going to show up in Red Hood eventually, but I hope he doesn't stop there.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Sep 19, 2013

    Im excited to follow Ras al Ghuls evil schemes once more. Im even going to swallow my distaste for Jason Todd and pick up Red Hood and the Outlaws, where this story will continue under Tynion's capable pen. Thats how much I like this book. In addition to being a great piece on my favorite baddie, its a perfectly executed one-shot story. You get a lot of action, a lot of drama, and bonus Batman. Theres little else you can ask for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 20, 2013

    Id say this is a great issue to get you into Red Hood and the Outlaws and a fun way to explain Ras al Ghuls inevitable appearance (or lack thereof) in Forever Evil. Go ahead and just buy the regular cover. Save yourself a buck. But dont skip this issue just to save money. Tynion and Haun are at their best yet again. And even though it doesnt really add a whole lot to the characters mythos (and the new character introduced just to die was a little irritating" we didn't even get his name!), its a nice reminder of just what makes him a great character and a nice preview of things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 19, 2013

    James Tynion IV reminds us why Ra's al Ghul is one of the greatest villains in the DC Universe and gets readers excited about what's to come in Red Hood and the Outlaws. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Oct 6, 2013

    A special thanks to Readers Den for managing to keep a copy of this beautiful 3D lenticular aside for us! Readers Den is offering 3D issues at the low price of R47! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 18, 2013

    Ra's al Ghul has been relatively quiet in the New 52 and it looks like he's ready to make a move. James Tynion IV fills us in on some past moments of Ra's life while also pushing the character forward into the FOREVER EVIL landscape that has exploded onto the DCU. This issue does set things up for Ra's appearance in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAW and you'll want to see what he has planned next. Jeremy Haun's art captures Ra's essence and you get a nice visual interpretation of what he's all about. Ra's al Ghul is done sitting around and it looks like James Tynion IV has some big plans for him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 23, 2013

    This was a fantastic issue, and I was very happy to see Ra's al Ghul as a main character in a story again, and hope that this will lead to him making a return in a continuing storyline. The issue itself however was very dramatic, and suspenseful, showing Ra's characteristics perfectly. It was also one of the most unique Villains Month issues that I've read so far, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Sep 19, 2013

    Ra's al Ghul has been off the grid for a long while now, but this issue is a fine way to welcome him back where he belongs. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 21, 2013

    So there ya have it.  Now all you suckers out there not reading the Red Hood and the Outlaws has an excuse to pick up the book.  Oh yeah this issue will tie into the next issues of Red Hood, sorry for the suckers comment.  This book was fun to read, just a little talky, and by talky I mean telling us everything we already new about Ra's.  Immortal bad dude, who fights Batman, and also respects him.  Now Ra's is back which is about time, and we have to wait to find out what he's up to now that the heroes of the world are gone.  I really enjoyed the artwork by Jeremy Haun, and hope that we get him working with James Tynion regularly on Talon, so that that book can be as good as this one was.  Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 22, 2013

    Writer James Tynion IV and Jeremy Haun deliver a solid retelling of the various aspects behind the character even if he's decidedly lacking in the kind of crazed evil malice that has defined Ra's al Ghul since his creation. It's far from a great Ra's al Ghul story, but for those needing a primer on the character it's sufficient. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 23, 2013

    For a comic in which not a lot actually happens, "Batman and Robin" #23.3 feels well-paced and interesting from start to finish. I'd love to see Haun on a monthly title again, and if Tynion happens to write it, we know they work well together. This comic could have easily been a snooze-fest, but this duo makes it work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 14, 2013

    If you aren't up to speed on Ra's Al Ghul is or want to know what he has been up to post Forever Evil, this is an issue you don't want to miss. Don't care about that? Then just check him out in the Red Hood issues this fall Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 24, 2013

    Overall I've seemed to have liked more than I've disliked when it comes to the different titles coming out of DC's Villains Month. I'm hoping that the final week can finish on a high note. If so, I'd consider Villains Month a SUCCESS! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Sep 20, 2013

    I can't say this is a must read, but if you're not super familiar with this guy it's probably worth a read, at least for the $2.99 2D cover. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 18, 2013

    Jeremy Haun is a superb artist who tends to produce some exciting and dynamic panels. This isn't his best work, but it still looks pretty damn good. Unfortunately, John Rausch's colors don't click with Haun's art and the end result is a little off. Rausch's coloring is bright, slightly cartoony, and heavy on the shading. A lot of the time, it looks like it's sitting on top of the art instead of becoming a part of it. It's not all bad, there are a few panels that look great, but the overall package is not what you would hope. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Sep 20, 2013

    This issue has, if anything, sold me on checking out the Red Hood ongoing just to see how such a prominent figure like Ra's al Ghul will handle the Forever Evil event. I get the sneaking suspicion that the happenings of the Secret Society's actions will make some antiheroes out of some of our favorite baddies! Read Full Review

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