"Son of the Demon": Batman must form an uneasy alliance with his greatest adversary. When a demented terrorist creates a weapon that allows him to control the weather, the Dark Knight Detective joins forces with Ra's al Ghul and his daughter Talia in order to stop the m
- I am cursed with a love for emptiness... desolation. It is a beauty to which my soul responds... as pure, as untainted as the deserts of my birth. I deem it my mission to purify this planet, to restore it to its former beauty... a mission I will brook no interference in.
- -- Ra's al Ghul
Appearing in "Son of the Demon"
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Commissioner Gordon
- Ibn al Xu'ffasch (First appearance)
- Ra's al Ghul
- Talia al Ghul
- General Yossid (Only appearance; dies)
- Qayin (Flashback and main story)
- Dr. Hallam (Single appearance)
- Dr. Weltmann
- Gotham City Police Department
- Harris Blaine (Dies)
- Harris Blaine, Jr. (Single appearance)
- Joe Chill (Flashback only)
- John Pearson (Single appearance)
- Landor (Flashback only)
- League of Assassins
- Donal, Grind
- Margaret Trask
- Martha Wayne (Dies in flashback)
- Melisande (Dies in flashback)
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- Ronald Reagan
- Thomas Wayne (Dies in flashback)
- Mount Ararat
Synopsis for "Son of the Demon"
Batman must form an uneasy alliance with his greatest adversary. When a demented terrorist creates a weapon that allows him to control the weather, the Dark Knight Detective joins forces with Ra's al Ghul and his daughter Talia in order to stop the madman from creating worldwide havoc. But as the final showdown occurs, Batman finds himself torn between stopping the ruthless terrorist and protecting Talia, the woman who is now carrying his unborn child.
- Batman's son Ibn al Xu'ffasch has a strange place in continuity. Ibn al Xu'ffasch was featured as an Elseworlds character in The Kingdom. Grant Morrison later brought him back during the story Batman and Son with several elements changed. The character was now called Damian Wayne and instead of being given up for adoption he had been raised by the League of Assassins. Instead of their sexual encounter being entirely consensual, Batman remembers that he was drugged and essentially raped by Talia al Ghul in what he called a depraved eugenics experiment. Morrison admitted that he did not read Son of the Demon beforehand and instead handwaved the changes as effects of Infinite Crisis.
- For a long time, [DC] said [Son of the Demon] was out of continuity. Now it's just kind of out of continuity. I didn't actually read it before I started writing this. I messed up a lot of details, like Batman wasn't drugged when he was having sex with Talia and it didn't take place in the desert. I was relying on shaky memories. But now we have this new "Superboy punch" continuity [after Superboy Prime attacked the fabric of the universe during Infinite Crisis]. People still don't realize how important that single punch was to cover everyone's ass.
- This graphic novel was printed in 1987 in both hardcover and softcover editions. There was also a new printing released in 2006 featuring a new cover by Andy Kubert, this time in regular comics format.
- This issue is reprinted in Batman: Birth of the Demon.
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium stated this was an appearance of Earth-85.
- Ibn al Xu'ffasch appears next in Batman #655.
- Talia al Ghul mentions that she is already married to Batman, from an earlier ceremony performed by Ra's al Ghul. Batman did not consider this valid at the time because he never gave his consent, but in their tradition only the consent of the bride is necessary for marriage.
- IGN Comics ranked Son of the Demon as #7 on their list of the 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels.
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