I may have found my significant other during some procrastination the other night. I've always felt that, despite his amazing talents, Grant Morrison treats Talia like absolute bollocks. He wrote my favourite Batman arc, the Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul, where Talia is so inspiring and protective, and then he does a complete 180 with Batman & Son and THEN the [SPOILER ALERT] recently revealed Batman INC Leviathan storyline. I'm just getting sick and tired of his inability to write Talia as the character she was invented to be. I mean, even Winick was more respectful with Talia during the Lost Days (except #6's 'love' scene).
But enough of my ramblings, here's someone else's:
Original source - http://lipsofpoison.tumblr.com/post/1506783307/how-talia-al-ghul-is-written-at-dc
This is so true. Talia has been royally jerked around lately, which is sad because as soon as I feel Morrison has progress with Damian’s characterisation, he sacrifices Talia’s characterisation just to add another level of angst to Damian. She’s already only shown interest in a detatched (but caring) way, she’s left other people to raise him, others to train him, almost handed him over to be bodyswapped, almost got him killed and more or less left him to do what she thinks he should - isn’t that enough for a ten year old, when you add in that he’s Batman’s son and all the crap that comes with being a Wayne? I just think the whole thing was a bit unnecessary. If they wanted to reveal a clone, it could have been done so much better. If they wanted to drive a wedge between them, again, it could have been done with care for her character. I like Damian, but I hate the fact Talia’s character integrity has been more or less thrown to the wind for her son.
I mean, we had someone who cared about her kid enough to walk away from everything, only to abandon him when he wasn’t taking over? I’d think time wouldn’t bother the Al Ghul’s, considering the Pits. I’ll admit to being bias - my first experiences of Talia have been of a girl who’s loyalties were split between her feelings for Batman and her feelings for her father. Then her surrogate mother style relationship with Jason showcased her conflicting feelings all the way through Lost Days, which presumably she was still messed up from the Nyssa ordeal anyway.
Then we have the tables turned completely and she seems to turn into an evil head bitch in charge with almost no warning and barely any explanation? That doesn’t sound like someone conflicted between honour, duty and love to me. It sounds like a scapegoat, someone to be used as a plot point with no desire to give a damn about her reasoning or her character integrity, let alone her past.
As usual with comics, it’s not the route they’ve taken that bothers so much as the way they’ve done it. Talia could easily be any of these things, but she needs her reasons, her motivations and I don’t think it’s too much to ask that they don’t completely contradict everything we already knew about her as a character.
Once again, I feel that Morrison is an excellent writer but more and more, he seems to be just writing his own universe and to hell with anything anyone else has ever established, which isn’t really helpful when it comes to a multiple writers doing comics.