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Batman: Death in the Family [Kindle Edition]

JIM STARLIN , MARV WOLFMAN , JIM APARO
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Batman readers were allowed to vote on the outcome of the story and they decided that Robin should die! As the second person to assume the role of Batman's sidekick, Jason Todd had a completely different personality than the original Robin. Rash and prone to ignore Batman's instructions, Jason was always quick to act without regard to consequences. In this fatal instance, Robin ignores his mentor's warnings when he attempts to take on the Joker by himself and pays the ultimate price. Driven by anger with Superman by his side, Batman seeks his vengeance as he looks to end the Joker's threat forever.

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Jim Starlin is responsible for many of the greatest Batman stories ever told, as well as Cosmic Odyssey and Death of the New Gods!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
There've been a variety of legendary Batman tales over the decades. Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, Knightfall, No Man's Land, Hush...and of course, there was A Death in the Family, quite possibly the most infamous Batman saga in history.

The sheer impact this story arc had - not just on Batman, but comics as a whole - has been chronicled extensively by pretty much all parties since it hit shelves back in December 1988 to January 1989. And its legacy is still a source of debate between fans & critics today.

So really, there's no harm whatsoever in revealing spoilers, as everyone knows that THIS is the story where the Joker had succeeded in murdering Jason Todd, the second individual to take the mantel of Robin the Boy Wonder. It was Batman's greatest defeat, one that would haunt him forever in a dark, violent tale that has long become the stuff of legend.

So naturally, you have every reason to check out A Death in the Family, yeah? I mean, you can't really call yourself a Batman fan without having read this major turning-point in the Batman mythos. But aside from being of historical-importance, A Death in the Family is one of those milestones that actually lives up to the legend, even after all this time.

The creative team who were responsible for this were writer Jim Starlin, late artist Jim Aparo (with inker Mike DeCarlo) and legendary Batman editor Denny O' Neil. During this time, Jason Todd was an unpopular character. Unlike Dick Grayson, this Robin was darker, moodier and more violent. So DC Comics decided to leave Jason's future in the hands of the readers, as part of a new way of fan-interaction at the end of the cataclysmic adventure. The rest is history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A symbol of Justice 2 Jun. 2015
Format:Paperback
This Book collects the Graphic Novel Batman: A Death in the Family and Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying.
The first story is A Death in the Family, A great story and one of my favourite reads. Now if im completely honest its only the end of the story that I actually sit back and really appreciate. The first few chapters are quite plain and at some points cheesy with no classic potential atall, But you stick with it and the POW! right in the kisser the tone of the book changes suddenly and quite scarily as the comic readers of the 80s make a decision that changes Batmans life forever. After the climactic event of Robin vs Joker the aftermath is immediately felt as the atmosphere and tone changes from happy clappy beat em ups in Lebanon to some seriously thought provoking stuff. Batmans character shifts completely as depression, anger, guilt and helplessness all set in at once, he becomes quite unpredictable and as a reader your really not sure what hes going to do. The exchange between Batman and Superman is written perfectly and you can really feel the tension between the two characters.
The story itself starts off when Robin (Jason Todd) continues to act irrationally and dangerously while out with Batman, Batman orders Jason to have some time and to seek help with his unstable emotions. This then leads to Jason hunting down his real mum after discovering that shes still alive. The candidates that could be Jasons mum are all abroad and so Jason grabs Bruces money and leaves to find her without telling him. Batman meanwhile discovers that Joker has escaped Arkham Asylum again and immediately sets out to hunt him down. It then gets abit cheesy as Joker also leaves the country with Batman close behind and all the characters coincidently meet each other in the same country in the same place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 6 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is by far one of the best comics / graphic novels I have read, I'd definitely recommend it! I love the illustrations and the story is ace :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3 April 2013
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Loved every second. I would recommend to any batman or comic fan, keeps you engaged and wanting to read more and more after every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must... 28 Nov. 2013
By Catalin
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The Joker ambassador of Iran... One's gotta love this...
The story is complex, tough, complex.. It is completed with the recruitment of the new Robin... The art is old school.
I really enjoyed this and i recommend it to any fan out there...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book 14 Jan. 2014
By Gayle
Format:Paperback
Wow. This book can be read by any person who has or doesn't have any knowledge of the batman universe. The art is so very enjoyable and the storyline is just fantastic. The death of Jason Todd is so very well done in an emotional point of view furthermore it features a range of characters, including Superman. Pick this up now
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!,!! 30 Aug. 2013
Format:Paperback
Amazing exciting full of action and a great piece of art.I love this comicit is such a good story and a lot different than other ones of batman.

The first comic where robin dies.He gets annoying sometimes so I am glad he dies because he is annoying.Hint the bad guy is the best bad guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 10 July 2014
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Had to give it 5 stars as it is a total c classic with suspense and drama showing the Joker at his most evil and psychotic and the easily the closest to seeing him win.
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