Paul Dini works with both art teams, Kramer and Faucher, and Benjamin and Crawford, on the big finale to the Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul, in Detective 839 (Feb. 08).
It’s an awful lot of fighting, as many finales are, as everyone converges in Nanda Parbat. Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and even Alfred are on one side, with Ra’s Al Ghul, Merlyn, and the League of Assassins on the other, and Talia and Damian in the balance.
Talia is appalled to see Damian in a Robin outfit, when she has been training him to become Batman’s successor, not his sidekick. But Damian wants to prove himself to his father.
Ra’s Al Ghul is restored to what he considers healthy, after consuming his son, the White Ghost. From the outset of this storyline, Ra’s knew he needed the body of someone of his own bloodline to revive, and White Ghost has been hanging around, begging to be of use. Sad that it took seven issue to accomplish what was obviously going to be the resolution.
With Ra’s back in action, Talia knocks out Damian and takes him away, to safety, and back into her control.
Batman and crew are only faring moderately well against Ra’s, Merlyn and the Assassins.
But the residents of Nanda Parbat have had enough. Ra’s has befouled their peaceful hidden city, and they cause the earth to split, to drive all of them away. Also puts an end to the fight, which Ra’s wants to continue, but Batman is smart enough to pull his troops out.
The story does continue, with an epilogue in the next issue.