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Batman: A Death in the Family Paperback – December 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Batman Beyond (DC Comics)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930289447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930289447
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Starlin is behind many of the greatest Batman stories, as well as Cosmic Odyssey and Death of the New Gods! Marv Wolfman is a regular writer for DC and Marvel, including Batman, Action Comics and the New Teen Titans. George Perez is most known for his runs on The Avengers, The New Teen Titans and The Infinity Gauntlet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Stella Rosenfeld on June 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
It has been said that there are three milestones in the modern age of Batman:

1.The death of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

2.The alliance of Batman with the newly christened Robin, Dick Grayson.

3.The death of Robin II, Jason Todd.

Chip Kidd mentions in his book "Batman Collected" that the name Todd echoes in the German word "Tod" which means death. It is no irony that Jason Todd represents loss and tragedy in the DC universe and he is remembered as a boy who fought in a man's war against crime.

While many of the tragedies of Bat-lore are based on villains' origins, the impact of this story is heavily weighed upon a not-so-righteous Robin. Fan never bonded much with Jason, a hotheaded youth who grew up fending for himself on the streets of Gotham. His nature vs. nurture instinct left him with little sympathy for criminals. (He once pushed a rapist off a roof to his death.) This is not to say that all streetwise parentless children are juvenile delinquents but in the case of Jason Todd, Batman was unable to successfully channel his inner rage into the more positive goal of Robin.

"Death in the Family" unfolds as Jason goes off to Ethiopia in search of his long-lost mother. Bruce follows him and the two are caught up in a deadly battle of terrorists, betrayal, and the Joker. Despite Bruce's warnings, Jason's desire for truth blinds him from practical self-defense and he is lured into a trap before being beaten half to death by the Joker. Batman rushes to save him but it's too late and the Boy Wonder is finally annihilated in an exploding warehouse. The scene of a defeated Batman clutching Jason's bloodied body covered in tattered red and green rags is one of the most powerful iconic moments in all of DC's stories.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
To begin with, let's give massive kudos to DC Comics for having the guts to tell this story. It sent Batman down a path even more guilt-ridden than his previous one and eventually led to the creation of a real balancing force in Tim Drake, the current (and best) Robin. Although the gimmick of allowing readers to call in and vote for letting Jason Todd live or killing him off seems sort of callow, it did gain this story serious attention, attention that it deserved. However (and perhaps this is the DVD fan in me) I feel sort of a pang of guilt that we've never seen the alternate ending for this story, the one where Jason survived. DC had both endings ready to go to the printer, just waiting for the response to come in... is there any reason we couldn't have included that alternate chapter in this collection? Heck, even if they stuck an "Elseworlds" label on that chapter, it would be fine with me. Something to consider, DC, the next time this book goes to print.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Corum Seth Smith on June 25, 2005
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The book renders the tale in which the second Robin, Jason Todd, meets his end at the hands of a notorious villain. Understanding some of the current Batman storylines requires knowledge of this event.

The death in the family that the title describes molds the Batman character into what he is today; extremely reluctant to work with partners and overprotective of the two family members he still has.

Strangely, this event reminds me of why Batman is truly a hero. Only he must pay the price for his one-man war on crime; casualties are unacceptable. He is willing to sacrifice himself completely to the task of cleaning up and protecting Gotham, he is not arrogant or cruel enough to manipulate others to do his bidding, however. This is his burden, and no one elses'. I think it is more of necessity than choice that he does work with anyone else.

This book also reminds me of one of the things that most angered me about DC in this era; I wish they had just retired the second Robin because of his recklessness. In fact, that is what Bruce considers before Todd's life is cut short. So perhaps that complaint is overblown, but this will always remain Bruce Wayne's and Batman's, darkest day. Keep that in mind when you decide whether or not to get this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Xavier Zavala Heras on July 27, 2010
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A few years back I read the trade "A Death in the Family" and I remember being mildly dissapointed. Even when it is a definitive point in time where Batman world change I found it kind of silly in some parts.
i heard before of "A Lonely place of Diying" too but I was reluctant to buy it. Old fashion comics wasn't good for me so I decided to let it go.

UNTIL... I found this new edition named "A Death in the Family (DC Comics Classic Library)" that contain both stories, I JUST GOT TO HAVE IT!.

I love it from begining to end, from the dustjacket to the beautiful red hardcover on the book. The inside was improved too. The paper is thick, and (seems to me) is kind of recolored, or the ink make perfect match with the paper because I just can't remember "Death..." was so colorful.

Anyway, even when the first story is silly at parts, is compensate by the second story that tells Tim Drake's origin. There is an introduction and epiloge, and as a final dish is the alternate end for "Death in the Family" were Jason Todd actually lives. well, to be fair that's not actually that big of a deal. It is only one panel that change. Still...

My only complaint is the price. Although is a pretty cool package, is kind of expensive for me. Still I don't regret it.
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