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Talia Al Ghul Entered The Lazarus Pit Way Earlier (Shadow War Zone)

The DC Comics history, as written by the late Neal Adams, the Lazarus Pits were discovered by Ra's al Ghul, digging experimental chemical pits when trying to cure a dying prince of the Sultan he worked for. A side effect turned the prince mad, and he killed Ra's al Ghul's wife Sora. So his relationship with the Pits, often used to revive him, has been a complex one. In the recent Robin series, leading up to the current Shadow War event written by Josh Williamson in Robin, Deathstroke and Batman, the appearance of Lazarus' mother and her own relationship with the Lazarus Pits suggests a longer history than that. And in today's Shadow War Zone anthology title, we see another personal note, with tales or early Talia Al Ghul, one of Ra's Al Ghul's two daughters, by Nadia Shammas, Sweeney Boo and Becca Carey.

Talia Al Ghul Entered The Lazarus Pit Way Earlier (Shadow War Zone)
Shadow War Zone

As the young Talia Al Ghul, blase about her father coming back to life with the Lazarus Pit, seems to have a different take on mortality. Something closer to the Krakoan X-Men.

Talia Al Ghul Entered The Lazarus Pit Way Earlier (Shadow War Zone)

Though it is not that easy for Ra's Ah Ghul. His relationships with the pits are complicated. As a result of them, his wife was murdered. But courtesy of his mother and the pits…

Talia Al Ghul Entered The Lazarus Pit Way Earlier (Shadow War Zone)

And a young Talia Al Ghul.

Talia Al Ghul Entered The Lazarus Pit Way Earlier (Shadow War Zone)

Talia Al Ghul was healed as a baby/ It seems she has been in and out of those pits a lot longer than she – or we – knew. What might that have done to a young child's mind? Or could it have been closer to Obelix and the magic potion in the Asterix stories?

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Written by Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips and Nadia Shammas Art by Otto Schmidt, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden and Others A special issue that showcases the spread and impact of the Shadow War on the DCU! Talia al Ghul has put out a hit on anyone who has ever worked with Deathstroke—and that includes Black Canary! Where has Luke Fox been? Talia is sick of watching from the sidelines and joins the battle herself! Also featuring the new villain Angel Breaker! What is her connection to Ghost-Maker?
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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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