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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Essential to continuity but not your reading list
A Death in the Family was an exercise in interactive story telling and a publicity stunt. The central drive being that the readers could choose the fate of the then Robin, Jason Todd.

The McGuffin of the story is the search for Jason Todd's "real" mother and three candidates are established early on, each with increasingly tenuous links to Jason and his past...
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!, 6 April 2013
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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 milestone in the history of Batman and all of comics, 18 Jan 2014
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R. Wood "ryecroftwood2" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman A Death In The Family TP New Ed (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.

But the issue here is the BUILD-UP to that fateful moment where the Joker bludgeoned Jason with the crowbar and blew-up what was left. The writer and artists had to produce something that would leave the world in awe, enough to make them WANT to decide Robin's fate. And my word, they did just that.

The fateful tale begins with Batman & Robin about to bust-up a mob ring. Jason's reckless antics and anger puts his life (and their mission) in jeopardy, to which Batman has no choice but to suspend him from his duties as Robin, which only infuriates the boy. One thing leads to another, with Jason soon coming across the revelation that his biological mother is still alive.

As Robin runs away to commence his search, Batman has his hands full with the Joker's latest escape. Taking place shortly after the tragic events of The Killing Joke, Batman is more determined than ever to nail his arch-nemesis, but the Joker's equally desperate this time, having fallen on hard-financial times, and now resorting to sell nuclear weapons (YES, you read that right!) to terrorists. It's an extreme plot (to say the least!), but it's all executed brilliantly, with many twists-and-turns along the way, only growing more and more shocking towards that horrific conclusion.

Jim Starlin wrote a wonderfully-paced saga here (spanning from Batman #426-429, across six chapters) with an engaging plot that touched upon many real-life issues at the time of publication (i.e. the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese Civil War, the Ethiopian Famine, Reaganomics, corruption, politics etc). It may seem out-of-place for a Batman story, but Starlin expressed his thoughts and feeling with great care, and as other reviewers have said, it makes for a refreshing change to take Batman out of Gotham City and into new environments. It's a very deep and multi-layered story.

But of course, the REAL issue is the cast of characters, with an insight into Batman's mind being one of the book's biggest assets. From start-to-finish, Bruce Wayne's mindset is rich and exuberant with his trademark compassion, resolve, brilliance and turmoil. As the story progresses, you're typically in awe of the Caped Crusader's deductive prowess and honour, but the reader will also feel for him, his responsibilities, his fears over losing Jason, and when the Dark Knight loses everything, and has nothing left but his blood-oath against the Joker, you fear for Batman's deteriorating mental state. It's rich storytelling.

Moving on to Jason Todd, it's clear why there were readers who wanted to get rid of him. He was highly obnoxious, reckless & hot-headed (to the point where he was very unlikeable), but Jim Starlin clearly emphasised WHY Jason was the way he was. His tragic background, his loneliness, and his quest to find his mother (& happiness), genuinely makes you feel sorry for the second Robin. His genuine appreciation for Bruce & Alfred DOES show also, and when his journey ends in the worst way conceivable, your heart WILL break. Particularly in that soul-destroying moment when Batman cradles Jason's body.

And of course, the Joker does what he does with tremendous purpose & evil. Everything compelling about the Joker's character can be found here; his cruelty, his insanity, his desperation and manipulation, his arch-rivalry with Batman, his brilliance and emotions, this is another example of the Joker at his best (or is that worst?). Other characters (including the guest appearance of Superman) are colourful and have prominent roles, and Jim Aparo & Mike DeCarlo's illustrations (although maybe a little dated) are ripe with dynamism and humanity.

Granted, it would be wrong to call A Death in the Family a mark of perfection. Some of the plot elements (and real-life surprises) either tread thin-ice or are a tad extreme. You could argue that the various coincidences are one too many, but as I said earlier, it's all very well pulled off, and while the fate of Jason Todd would be reversed twenty years later in "Under the Hood", the impact that this milestone has STILL stands. This is truly one of the greatest Batman tales of all time, where it's legacy is not only mandatory, but justified.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must..., 28 Nov 2013
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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 One Of My Favourite Batman Graphic Novels, 5 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Batman A Death In The Family TP New Ed (Paperback)
Batman : A Death In The Family.
Character(s).
Batman.
Robin (Jason Todd).
Joker.
Superman.

Plot Synopsis.
This is a epic story arc featuring Jason Todd who's found on the streets homeless, Taken in as a ward by Bruce Wayne & eventually trained up as the new Robin as Dick Grayson has left Gotham & become Nightwing.

The Joker, Batmans main nemesis has escaped from Arkham Asylum again causing havoc claiming to be in league with terrorism as he's obtained a Nuclear Bomb.

The Joker has a surprise in store for the Dark Knight by baiting a trap for his arch nemesis.

There's a clue to this storys conclusion for the Jason Todd character echoed at the beginning of the novel as Todds impatience to leap out in defiance of Batman in a mob attack as Batman quoes "Your impatience will be your down fall this isnt a game" to which Todd replying" Life is a game", Causing Batman to suspend Todds continuation as Robin.

Jason Todd is also trying to piece together clues to solve the mystery of his past.

But the tragedy is that it's Robin whom gets the Jokers last laugh as Robin is blown up & tragically dies in Batmans arms hence the novel's cover art,
They dont write storylines of this quality in graphic novels anymore & this story was given to the fans to conclude on voting for the outcome does Robin Live or die?

Well we know the outcome to that one as fan's seemed to take a dislike to Jason Todd as Robin, The character came across as far to hot headed & arrogant causing the fans to vote to having him killed rather than saved.

The characters are well written & portrayed well in this novel as the a echoing theme that Batman cannot seem to save people he loves or cares about heightening his inner turmoil & fueling his anger at capturing the clown prince of crime the Joker who plans to blow up a government building & release a deadly laughing gas toxin.

With the help from Superman, Batman is able to prevent the threat yet during a final confrontation the Jokers henchmen is shot a hail of bullets from a helicopter causing a explosion with the Joker seemingly falling to his death although his body is never found with Batman quoting " Our confrontations are always left unresolved".

Timelord Thoughts.
This is one of the greatest stories in all of Batmans history, Death In The Family is a superb graphic novel with stunning artwork thats well worth adding to you collection.

A Death in the Family attempts to do two things in the effort to decide the outcome, One is to allow Jason Todds character some level of comfort in trying to resolve his angst by making the character on the path to redemption.

The second thing the story does is follow up The Killing Joke with this storyline as Batman steadily becomes a darker vengeful character who mirrors his enemy the Joker albeit in different ways yet there somehow two sides of the same coin.

The reader gets an in depth look into Batman's psyche & the Joker's unending insanity in this storyline, For me this is up there in quailty storytelling with classics such as The Killing Joke, Knightfall, Dark Victory, The Long Halloween & The Dark Knight Returns.

Originally published in 1988, this story deserves a place on the list of Top 20 Batman comics ever written.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
This review is from: Batman A Death In The Family TP New Ed (Paperback)
VERY GOOD WELL PLEASED
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have batman graphic novel, 2 Jun 2014
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This batman graphic novel will complete your batman collection! very emotional, lots of twists and turns! Great plot! 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 27 Mar 2014
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one of the best batman novels to date. highly recommended.
a must for any batman fan, and great read for anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book, 14 Jan 2014
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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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