Grant Morrison is a ballsy fecker isn’t he? After finishing #1 with the ‘shocking death’ of Damian, the second issue drops all of that and is instead a Talia origin story. He always zigs when you expect him to zag. Despite my initial annoyance that we weren’t addressing the cliff-hanger straight away, this issue was excellent. I’ve never been a big fan of Ra’s Al Ghul and Talia as villains, but this issue may change that, it was just brilliantly told, and re-contextualises a lot of what I though I knew about those characters and where all of this was going. Morrison has a lot of fun telling the story non-linearly and it was very interesting to see the Batman/Talia history retold in this way. I really liked how it made Talia sympathetic, even as she becomes a full-on villain. It helps that Chris Burnham is on art, he’s just so freaking good, and whilst this one wasn’t as experimental in it’s panel layouts as #1, it was still very well-drawn. This relaunch has been excellent so far, two very different issues, but Morrison seems in full control of his story, I can’t wait to see the epic final battle for Damian’s soul.