Neal Adams, the artist who first drew the legendary Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul, will return to the character this summer in a new, six-issue miniseries titled Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul.
DC confirmed that Adams will write and draw the series. The miniseries, which chronicles Ra’s’ return from the dead, will be set in-continuity and is coinciding with DC’s “Year of the Villain” promotion. The first issue will feature two different covers by Adams — the standard cover, a black and white version. DC will also release a “facsimile edition” of Batman #232, the first appearance of Ra’s al Ghul. DC had this to say in a statement:
“(Neal Adams) has produced some of the most memorable DC comics ever, but none more memorable and known worldwide than 1971’s Batman #243 and #244, in which Ra’s al Ghul co-creators Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams built to one of the most iconic images in the history of the Dark Knight, a swashbuckling Batman fighting for his life in the desert!”
The comic kicks off in August, and has Adams exploring a Gotham City under siege by terrorists, with Batman determined to find the source of the violence. But when Boston Brand, aka Deadman (another creation from Adams), tries to intervene, he discovers an even more disturbing and deadly truth: the terrorists are led by an inhuman monster. Ra’s al Ghul volunteers his own private security force to aid the GCPD, and now they are the saviors standing between nuclear terror and the townspeople. But, as usual, al Ghul’s true goal is hidden from everyone’s eyes. He aims to destroy the city and kill the Gotham Bat — this time for good. Watching in horror is…Bruce Wayne?
Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul by Neal Adams will hit shelves on August 21, 2019.