hate to throw crap all over this idea that her "change" makes her more appealing. All it has done is make her about as two- dimensional. The Talia who was torn between loyalty to her father and love for Bruce was interesting and three dimensional. You never knew what her end game was. Her appearances were always interesting because no one knew where she stood this time. What side she would take or if she would take her side? Now she's just Ra's 2.0 and not even a very good version either.
This Talia is a pale imitation of a character. This entire "plan" of hers ultimately stemming from her new found inability to get over Bruce makes her look pathetic, weak, and petty. Don't know how it's supposed to be a development to have a mother murder her son to hurt the father. Not a villain, just a piece of crap really. The end result is we have a Talia that really has flipped 180 with no real lead up in it. Been back through Grant's "epic" (are we just throwing that word around now?) Batman run and her entire attitude has switched back and forth with little rhyme or reason. Does Nyssa even still exist?
Where does Talia go after this? Where does Batman and Robin?
True character progression was in "Death and the Maidens" where her change was given a reason.
The reason given here is just pathetic. How does she turn Ra's men against him? Oh, that's right. It doesn't matter because Grant Morrison can do no wrong because the sun shines out of his bum 24/7. He just writes that it happened and we accept it. Okay, fine.
Batman Inc. has been a piss poor read. I don't really understand how it's in the New 52 considering that it makes reference to events that happened in the old Post Crisis DC. Should I even mention the fact that the entire mini's starting point was a one shot that revolved around a character that now, no longer exists? Is there a reason this stupid story couldn't have remained in the Post-Crisis U? Hell, Kevin Smith is being allowed to stay there. I'm assuming Grant wanted it to be in the new sandbox? Fine, then fix your continuity errors bud.
So in the end, what do we have? A villain who has become this hate filled thing with very little to show that descent. Her reasons make the character pathetic and petty. We lose a great character because Grant just has to finish his "epic" story and no one at DC has the sack to tell him no, a death that wasn't needed, was ultimately stupid considering the fact that it takes away from a much better writers (Tomasi) work with that character, and we got four more issues before this man pisses off to leave this universe behind. Frankly, if I was more of a cynical a-hole, I would just assume that Grant simply killed Damian off so no one else could play with "his creation" But that's silly because he's never before taken a character of his that was loved by the fans away before he left a book so with no reason other than "it was planned from the beginning". Oh Yeah; XORN!!
Here's hoping that Grant doesn't go further and make a resurrection of Damian a near implausibility like he did with Xorn and thus we can get the ONE thing that Grant actually did well in his entire, crappy (better word than epic really) time with Batman. And a sidenote: DON'T LET HIM COME BACK DANG IT!!!
Please note: these are all my opinions and my opinions alone. If you disagree with me; congratulations. You're an individual with a different perspective. So in summary: I love Batman, I hate Grant Morrison, and Talia has been ruined in this story.