Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution #1 has brought back one of Batman’s greatest villains in a shocking manner. Ra’s al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins, was believed to be dead for good after being murdered in the May 2022 issue Shadow War: Alpha #1. However, he finds a way to cheat death once more and it’s all thanks to Flatline, his grandson’s girlfriend. Flatline is a relatively new DC character with the ability to speak to and learn from the freshly dead.
The mystical Lazarus Storm that spread across the globe has given Flatline an upgrade, enhancing her reflexes and strength, and she hears a voice beckoning her to one of the al Ghuls’ strongholds. There, she finds an urn containing Ra’s al Ghul’s ashes and realizes the voice she had been hearing belonged to the villain the entire time. Flatline then manifests her own resurrection abilities to bring Ra’s back to life.
Readers of Flashpoint Beyond knew about Ra’s al Ghul’s resurrection after his death, but it was not explained how it was achieved until now. Flatline is revealed to be responsible for Ra’s resurrection, and it remains to be seen what discussions they may have after she brings him back to life. “Elevation”, the story of Ra’s resurrection, is written by Brandon T. Snider and illustrated by Laura Braga with colors by Matt Herms and letters by Troy Peteri.
Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution #1 is an anthology issue, with other stories contributed by writers Ram V., Chuck Brown, and Delilah S. Dawson, and artists Lalit Kumar Sharma, Alitha Martinez, and Brandt & Stein. The issue also features main and variant cover art by David Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez, with other variant cover artwork by Derrick Chew, Crystal Kung, Tyler Kirkham, and Sumit Kumar. The issue is now on sale from DC Comics.
Ra’s al Ghul’s return from the dead is a shocking and unexpected twist in the DC Comics universe. Flatline, a relatively new character, plays a crucial role in bringing him back to life and sets the stage for what promises to be an interesting story. Fans can look forward to seeing what Ra’s al Ghul and Flatline have in store for the DC Comics universe and what their discussions may entail.
It will be interesting to see how Ra’s al Ghul’s return affects the dynamics of the DC Comics universe and how other characters, especially Batman and the Bat-Family, will react to his resurrection. Will he continue his pursuit of power and control, or will he have a change of heart? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, Ra’s al Ghul’s return adds an exciting new layer to the DC Comics universe.
Overall, Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution #1 is a must-read for fans of the Batman franchise and the DC Comics universe. With the return of one of Batman’s greatest villains, it promises to be an action-packed and thrilling storyline. So be sure to pick up a copy and follow the adventures of Ra’s al Ghul, Flatline, and the rest of the DC Comics characters.
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