Wednesday, May 30, 2018
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - ROBIN VS. RA'S AL GHUL #1 by Tim Seeley - Book Review
From the publisher: Ra’s al Ghul returns to have a heart-to-heart with his grandson, Damian. Once upon a time, Ra’s thought Bruce Wayne would be the heir apparent to his criminal empire, but now that Batman has turned his back on Talia for good, Ra’s wants to know if Damian Wayne will honor his mother by stepping into the family business at last.
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul #1 by Tim Seeley starts off a series that, as it's name suggests, leads up the wedding between Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman. In this particular issue, Bruce's son Damian comes face to face with his grandfather, who challenges Damian to question his place in this new "family".
Seeley has presented an interesting take on superheroes and blended families. This issue starts off with Damian and Selina spending some time together, but it's clear Damian is worried about how his life will change with a "new" mom, as any preteen might. To further complicate matters, Damian's grandfather Ra's al Ghul is the head of the League of Assassins, and he ultimately wants Damian to follow him. One thing leads to another, and Damian is forced to confront his uncertainty and insecurities surrounding the upcoming wedding. The resolution is nice and fitting. Finally, there is an epilogue, as a longtime Batman character has made his interest, and lack of wedding invitation, known behind the scenes in recent issues.
I enjoyed this story. Seeley did a great job capturing how a boy with Damian's background might be feeling about his father getting married. It was a nice side story to the main wedding plot that is going on in the Batman titles. I like having the opportunity to focus on some of the important figures in Bruce Wayne's life, both good and bad.
I recommend Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul #1. Tim Seeley has done a nice job, and if future issues are like this, there should be a well-rounded look at how people feel about Bruce marrying Selina. This is definitely for Batman fans, and is a self-contained story.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.