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The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul, a tedious and obvious story arc pushing its way through the Batman books over two months, has its third chapter in Detective 838 (Jan. 08).  Paul Dini is joined by Ryan Benjamin and Saleem Crawford on the art.

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I don’t much care for this storyline (you guessed that already, right?), and this chapter is very much a middle one, which does not help matters any.  Robin and Damian are brought to Al Ghul.  Damian is unconscious throughout this issue,which is unfortunate, as this is his first appearance in Detective Comics.  Tim Drake is alert, and Ra’s tries bargaining with him, before just giving up and having him knocked out as well.

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Ubu threatens Alfred, to get Nightwing off the trail, but Alfred shows himself equal to the task of self-defense.

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Batman and Talia work together to rescue Damian, as she leads Batman to her father’s lair, and he finds a way in. Talia has given Batman the Suit of Sorrows, which seems to be nothing more than armor in this story, but will have greater significance later.

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Batman attacks Ra’s, but his current body, so old that the Lazarus Pit will no longer revive it, is also so decrepit that he feels no pain.

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The issue ends as Ra’s has his men bring out Tim and Damian, and commands Batman to choose which one will die, and which will live.

The story continues in the next issue of Batman.

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