Batman Villains in the New 52: Talia al Ghul
Part five of my villain guides is going to be about the Daughter of the Demon, Talia al Ghul. She was once the World's Greatest Detective wife and the mother of Damian, his son. How has the New 52 changed this Femme Fatale and she has recently been popularized by The Dark Knight Rises so has this affected her at all? Tomorrow I'll finally be doing Mr. Freeze so stay tuned for that!
Talia al Ghul
Batman's true love has recently resurfaced in the New 52 within the pages of Batman Incorporated as the ruler of the terrorist organisation known as Leviathan. Talia is back and she is evil as ever and has started off her reign of terror with placing a half-a-billion bounty on her son's head which led to Batman having to pretend he was killed by the assassin Goatboy. It was only recently discovered last year that Talia was the head of Leviathan, they had been stalking and challenging Batman Inc. as well as abducting children and turning them into bloodthirsty killers. Now in the New 52, Leviathan are replacing hundreds of people and not just children. Leviathan members are preaching their way of life to mostly children to bring about a new line of members, Talia was also seen in the pages of Red Hood and the Outlaws helping Jason Todd, I didn't really understand why she she made this cameo appearance it was just kind of pointless.
Her appearance hasn't really changed at all, she still wears white dresses, she still has brown hair etc. But they did an issue on her origin story, how she grew up under the influence of R'as and her brief romance with Bruce Wayne. She now appears to have some sort of vendetta against her father, she seems to be angry because R'as gave her everything she asked for but she wanted a mother. I think that Batman Incorporated is amazing and it is by far one of the best Batman titles currently and before reading the New 52 version read volume 1 of Batman Inc.
In verdict, I see nothing wrong with what they've done to Talia and I'm happy to see Morrison writing her so well. They haven't really changed much put Talia is honestly one of my favourite reboot characters along with Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze.
Reboot Rating: A-
Recommended Reading: Batman Incorporated: Issues #1- end of the series.