Written by: Neil Adams
Drawn by: Neil Adams
Colored by: Neil Adams
Letters by: Clem Robins
Neil Adams is one of the most prolific writers and artists in comic book history. His track record speaks for itself and he’s a contributor to the modern comic book canon with some of the most important characters of all time, mainly being Ra’s Al Ghul. He’s one of those writers that immediately earns your respect based off of history, and his books can sell with no knowledge of the book other than Neil Adam’s name. “Batman vs Ra’s Al Ghul” is Adams’ latest comic book, with the first part of a six issue storyline coming out today.
Overall I think that this issue is a mixed bag of quality. Adams takes on all aspects of storytelling in this series, because he is both the writer and the artist of this tale. It’s always hard to judge the first issue of a storyline without knowing what’s coming next or what the writer has planned for the rest of the story, but there is a lot that you can assume by reading the first issue. I think the artwork all throughout the issue was very good. I like Adams style of artwork and coloring, and it’s obviously very reminiscent of a time that’s been passed by in the comic book industry.
As far as the story is concerned, I’m not very interested in what’s going on yet. The issue starts in an interesting way by thrusting us into the middle of a disaster in Gotham, and we slowly learn why this is all happening. Unfortunately, I think the actual context of the story really isn’t very interesting and it doesn’t really pick up until Deadman and Batman cross paths. Deadman is a really cool character so I’m glad that we’re getting to spend some time with him here, but I feel like the interesting parts of the story start and end with him. Batman and Ra’s have a conversation that feels kind of meandering and like it runs around in circles, and another mystery for the story that’s teased on the cover occurs at the end, but I can’t say that I was really interested with what happens next. I’ll likely keep reading to see how the story unfolds, but I can’t say that I’d recommend jumping into this story without seeing if the quality gets better or not.