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Batman: Death in the Family [Paperback]

Jim Starlin , Jim Aparo , Mike De Carlo
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1 Mar 1998
A controversial Batman tale culminating in tragedy - the death of Jason Todd, alias Robin.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (1 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852862076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852862077
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A turning point in the Batman mythos 14 Nov 2001
This collection incorporates one of the most shocking and revolutionary events in comics history - the choice by the readers to kill off one of the most well-known characters in the DC world.
The storyline takes you along the second Robin's (Jason Todd) quest to find his real mother after Batman grounds him for being too reckless. His quest inevitably crosses the path of Batman's search for the Joker, who has managed to get his hands on a nuclear weapon, and the two aid each other in their tasks... with disasterous results for the young Jason, and a damaging impact on the Batman and his beliefs.
This is a fine addition to a Batman fan's collection, featuring Superman in a supporting role - being devil's advocate to the Government and providing Batman a source to pour out his grief - and setting the tone for the darker style of Batman comics during the 90s.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 STORIES FOR PRICE OF 1 7 Dec 2011
By George
This contains;

-Batman A Death in The Family
Restored and recoloured artwork

also though it contains the full story Batman A Lonley Place Of Dying, with introduces Tim Drake as the third Robin. This story is out of print and is very expensive to get by it's self, it's better than Death in the Family too.

5/5 Really good by DC, 2 Classics for price of one!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Famous Batman Comic worthy of your time! 22 Oct 2007
By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE
This is one of the most famous graphic novels in the long history of Batman. The story deals with the tale of Batman's second partner - also called Robin. the first Robin was called Dick Grayson and was genuinely liked by Batman fans worldwide, but as Dick's character developed it became clear that at some point Dick would become a man in his own right. The partnership between Batman and Robin was broken, and Dick Grayson became Nightwing and led the Teen Titans.
Enter, Jason Todd. Another orphan, with a different set of circumstances to both Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. The fans didn't like Jason in the same way that they had liked Dick Grayson, and after many letters to DC complaining about Batman's new sidekick the authors decided to make a bold decision - they would put the future of the character in the hands of the readers. As you can probably guess from the title, it was not going to be a happy ending for Jason.
The plot mainly deals with Jason trying to locate his real mother. Batman is pursuing the Joker and advises Jason to wait, but Jason runs away on his own personal mission, and Batman puts the needs of the many before the needs of his partner. Right from the off, we see Jason recklessly rushing off into the blue and ignoring the advice of his mentor...
As the plot develops the two storylines of Batman and Robin interwine, and the Joker enters the fray to spice up the action.....
Most people will know how this book ends, but it is a very interesting journey to the ending. There are some twists and turns. Some tough choices from Batman, and from Robin.
The good points of this book start with the plot. Considering the writers almost had to write two endings, the flow of the story is pretty seamless.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Jason Todd (the second Robin, after Dick Grayson) was never popular. In this collected edition he finally meets his death at the hands of the Joker. Readers were given the choice at the end of Issue 3 to vote on whether a badly beaten Jason Todd lived or died. I'm sure you can guess which way the vote went.
I didn't read much Batman when Jason Todd was alive but this tale is certainly a good read and will pretty much tell you everything you need to know about him. Anyone with an interest in the Batman Mythos should read this book as it is an important part of Batman's history. If anyone has read the recent 'Hush' storyline then you will see that Batman is still feeling the death of one of his partners now.
A further recommendation for anyone interested in other Morbid Batman stories is Alan Moore's 'The Killing Joke'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars key turning point 16 July 2003
Dick Grayson was the original Robin, a sidekick to Batman with a cheerful costume and lots of witty banter to keep the Dark Knight from being overwhelmed by his depressing life. Grayson left for leadership of the Titans, and was replaced by Jason Todd. The writers originally intended for Jason to be fairly similar to Grayson, a basic character clone. But he started turning different by accident of the writing style, and readers started writing in, saying they hated him. SO the publishers gave readers a choice to write in- choose if Robin dies or not after an encounter with the Joker. And the readers phoned in and chose...
The shock value is a little diminished after 15 years but it's still an engrossing story of Jason's search for his real mother that ends rather badly. It is spoilt by ridiculous caricatures of Middle east people, with Iran choosing the Joker as its UN ambassador going a tad too far beyond reality, even for a comic book that was quite silly. The death of Jason resonates for a long time in the comics, with Batman being very cautious to ever risk anyone else's life in his war on crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A damn good read... 29 Sep 2012
By Alec
It get's a little eighties cartton style here and there but let's look at the better parts, it adds dimension to some if not all of the characters involved, we see what happened to the second robin and also included is the perhaps better story of Two-Face and Batman fighting whilst the third robin is introduced, a must have. The book itself is well designed with decent pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic Batman story
Coming from the early years of the Modern Age of comics, this is an extremely dark story that shows Batman at perhaps his lowest point in his 75 year history. Read more
Published 7 months ago by George Boadhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Really good collection, I like very much the drawings too which is at least 50% important in case of any comic books. I recommend to all Batman lovers.
Published 14 months ago by Schumacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge classic
This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sicdrone
2.0 out of 5 stars Joker finally wins!

Joker busts out of Arkham Asylum (the place is useless, really) and heads to the Middle East to sell a cruise missile he's had in storage, and Batman follows to... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Sam Quixote
5.0 out of 5 stars robin lives again
Published on 25 April 2012 by henry radzki
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read by any Batfan
I've been a Batman fan for a long time but mostly read the Graphic Novels as comics tend to be very up and down when it comes to quality. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Goemar
3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling stuff.
Seeing Robin beaten half to death with a crowbar was for me made all the more unpleasant by Jim Aparo's traditional style. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2011 by Jakey G
2.0 out of 5 stars Bye Bye Boy Wonder
I first read this story when I was 12 and even then wasnt overly impressed the death of Jason Todd was a huge event for Batman and impacted on the comics for years (it seemed like... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by bigdunc
5.0 out of 5 stars death in the family
Apart from the slightly kitsch feel to this graphic novel, I enjoyed it immensely. It was chilling, destroying and brilliant. Bring on more Batman!
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by S. Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Gooood.
A very good story, chosen by the people. Even though we all know what happens to poor old Jason, it's still upsetting, more for our favourite Vigiliante to deal with, already with... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by Amazon Customer
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