Batman & Ra's Al Ghul #32

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 18, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 9
7.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

"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!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Jun 18, 2014

    A very good penultimate issue or rather prequel for ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1 which if looking into some context clues and the shock character arrival at the end, well, it's going to be rather “out of this world”. Buy it! (it has pretty art, you want it anyway!) Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jun 20, 2014

    It may only be June, but it is safe to say that Batman and Ra's al Ghul #32 will be one of the best comic books to feature the Dark Knight and/or his allies in all of 2014. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 18, 2014

    Batman and Ra's Al Ghul #32 is another good issue and brings us closer to getting a new Robin.  Whether it will be Damian is still up in the air, but if it's up to Batman that won't be the case.  Peter J. Tomasi ups the action and anger and Patrick Gleason's art keeps up the pace. Crazy cliffhanger aside, I am finally excited to see what happens next in the Hunt for Robin. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 21, 2014

    One of the rare occasions when less substance and more action would've profited the issue, but it's a good adrenaline rush of a read all the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 18, 2014

    With the Hunt for Robin now concluded and Robin Rises: Omega set to begin, it's clear that the fate of Damian Wayne is still very much up for grabs. The surprise reveal comes completely out of left field, but promises big things just around the corner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jun 18, 2014

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jun 22, 2014

    So, Bruce gets Damian back, and all hope of the assassin child coming back is dead"or is it? Judging by that last page"well, who knows what's going to happen next! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jun 19, 2014

    Once the action kicks in everything brightens up, finally releaseing the tensions that's been building since page one. The fight looks fittingly chaotic as the bad guys swarm Frank and Bats, but it never looks confusing or blurry. Once Batman reaches the Batjet with Damian's remains, it's time for the main event to start. Batman and Ra's have an absolutely brutal one on one fight, which should rank among their best encounters. In Gleason's hands the fight is thrilling, not pose-y, and bloody without becoming gory. The anger these two characters feel for each other is palpable on the page, and this scene is definitely the highlight of the entire arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 23, 2014

    That may not be what this comic is meant to be, however. Tomasi has already spent plenty of time with Batman mourning the loss of his son - continuing to harp on that ad nauseum might prove to make this too dour of a read even for Batman. This is a fight comic, through and through, and while it's not the most striking superhero showdown I've ever read, Patrick Gleason's artwork makes it striking enough to stand out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 18, 2014

    We know Batman can be obsessive and determined when it comes to certain things and finding the body of his dead son would absolutely be at the top of his list. We're finally seeing some hardcore Batman vs. Ra's al Ghul action and this is just the beginning of the upcoming Robin Rises story. Patrick Gleason delivers some intense scenes that you've likely been waiting to see for some time. It goes without saying that if you're interesting in any possible future with Damian or a possible other Robin, you won't want to miss this. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Hero Nuggets - Val 'Brolossus' Benidze Jun 18, 2014

    Batman and Ra's Al Ghul #32 suffers from a lack of proper narration, an awkward cover, and rushed line art. With that said; this issue is still entertaining. This last issues sets up a huge change of pace for the series, and I expect readers to be very surprised with the end of this arc. I know I didn't see it coming. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 18, 2014

    And then, the final page hits -- and it's a great "gotcha" moment. It's out of the blue, even as it seizes your attention. Weren't interested in "Robin Rises: Omega" yet? I bet you are now. It's another strong usage of the cliffhanger format of a serialized comic, and all parties involve know just what they're doing. Good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Max Dweck Jun 23, 2014

    Batman and Ra's Al Ghul is about as good an ending one could expect for "The Hunt for Robin" arc, given the jarring transition into "Robin Rising." As a big climactic battle issue, it works, especially after the emotionally-heavy issue that Batman and Frankenstein was. It's a fun end to a fun storyline, and plays its role in the greater Tomasi Batman and Robin saga. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Jun 23, 2014

    Black silhouette of Batman, knowledgeable Frankenstein, threatening Bruce, and an “eye-smashing” reveal… This issue does what the solicitations told us it would do. We're all pretty excited to see what will happen inRobin Rises: Omegaand that's where this is heading. It's a decent issue but not a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson Jun 24, 2014

    All this issue does is act as a prelude to the next arc, Robin Rises. The art is great as always, but the story feels a little on the weak side as it's possible that Tomasi and company are saving their best work for later. Compared to the great job that Tomasi has been doing on the Batman and Robin book since his start, this is easily one of the weakest issues of his run; I just hope that it doesn't continue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jun 19, 2014

    Peter Tomasi has done a compelling job of balancing Bruce's sadness over the loss of his son with Batman's need for righteous vengeance against Ra's. Still, this "final" chapter reads as unfinished. Which I know is a staple of the genre, but the twist at the end feels just a bit egregious. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Watsonian Jun 23, 2014

    This issue was the build up for the whole arc. We eagerly anticipated the showdown between Batman and Ras Al Ghul. In its place, we get a calm before the storm. Typically, Im a fan of this approach, but the dialog was stale and seemed out of character for all involved. This does set the stage for next months Robin Rises, and it does so in an unexpected way. The last page is a bit of a curveball, something this story needed. Whether we see Damiens resurrection or not, doing so in a straightforward manner doesnt fit Tomasis style. While this issue was not up to Tomasi and Gleasons typical standard, its still a creative team worth following in the future. Together, Tomasi and Gleason have been one of the best creative teams since the birth of the New 52. Everyone has a bad issue now and then. Lets hope they regain their form next month. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Ford Jun 24, 2014

    Aside from the potential face crushing Mountain-to-Viper innuendo (GoT reference, bitches!), the graphical display of hand-to-hand combat did satisfy in the end" Until that Nazi from Apokolips showed up" Yeah" That happened. Wait for the next one. You won't be missing much. Read Full Review

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