Monday, April 24, 2017

Detective Comics #954

"League of Shadows" continues as Batman confronts Ra's al Ghul for the truth about the secret offshoot of the League of Assassins which he always believed to be a myth. Detective Comics #954 sees the Dark Knight Detective bested by the Demon's Head whose cryptic answers on further infuriate Batman. Offered no other choice but to trust Ra's, Batman soon regrets that decision as he's almost immediately betrayed and turned over to Lady Shiva and her cult.

The latest issue in the series continues to build up Lady Shiva as a major threat to both Batman and Gotham, a threat so powerful even Ra's al Ghul is willing to cut a deal with his former subordinate rather than do battle with her. Ra's al Ghul has gone to great lengths to keep the existence of the second League secret, but even now that they are beyond his reach he still choices Shiva over the detective.

The issue ends suggesting all is not lost for the Bat-Family. Just as the arc has built-up Shiva, so it has with Orphan who continues to work her way through the League of Shadows eventually setting up a confrontation with Lady Shiva. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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