(This review may contain spoilers).
It was especially intriguing to see Batman realise he had a son… and considering he had a playboy reputation, I was a little surprised he didn’t have more illegitimate children.
I thought it was particularly interesting to see how Batman was interacting with Tim. I really didn’t like Damien, even though I did feel a bit of sympathy for him and I would have liked the opportunity to see a bit more of his past and interactions with his mother and parents.
I did feel sorry for Tim at points in this book and I thought that Batman didn’t seem to act like much of a guardian towards him. I would have liked to see a bit more of Tim and Damien’s interactions… without Damien trying to kill everyone close to Batman, even though it was somewhat sad to see how desperate he was to prove himself to his father. However, I wasn’t sure if he really wanted to help Batman… even though I would have really liked to see him spend more time with Batman and the others and learn a different way of life. It was disappointing that Batman didn’t really say much to him about hurting Tim… almost like Bruce didn’t think Damien was able to be saved.
I was intrigued by the differences between Talia in the first set of comics and her personality in the final one. It was interesting to see her introduction… but she seemed like a much tamer person in her first appearance. I would have liked to see if that was just because different writers changed her… or if she changed due to things that happened. It would have been good to see something of her motivations, though.
I thought that there was a lot of tension in the first set of comics, but not as much in the second comic. I did find the storyline easy to follow and it was really good to see Bruce interacting with Alfred and having to act to make sure his reputation remained intact. While there wasn’t a lot in the way of the contradictions in Bruce’s personality, there was enough that I was very interested in seeing the different aspects of his personality.