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  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; New edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232740
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Art work is well detailed and bloody.
The Mayan Wolf
Which makes losing him at the end of the story all the more painfully profound and moving.
Deborah Ramos-Galvan
It's too good to just call it a comic book.
Wayne M. Malin

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lambert on December 4, 2011
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All of the other reviews do a good job of telling you about the story, so I won't rehash that here. What they don't tell you is that this new edition of A Death in the Family also contains the rare out of print TPB A Lonely Place of Dying. That makes this a great value worth getting in that you have the death of one Robin, Jason Todd, and the introduction of the next, Tim Drake. Unfortunately for me, I didn't know about that when ordering these stories and now I have a TPB copy of a Lonely Place of Dying that I'll need to sell now... :(
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Ramos-Galvan on September 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Before I even knew who Jason Todd was, I knew there was a Robin who died. I didn't start reading comics much up until recently, but I have always Loved watching the cartoons (Batman the animated series, Batman Beyond,justice league, and even a bunch of marvel cartoons including spiderman and the x-men) because my dad used to collect comic book movies.

Sometime a year or two ago my husband and I were bored and headed to a local redbox to find some entertainment for the night. Under the Red Hood just happened to be in stock and as soon as we read the description the rabid geeks in us were like "OMG we have to see this tonight!!" Finally I was gonna learn a little something about Bat History! We were just blown away! If anything inspired My husband and I to start trying to read comics besides The Dark Knight movies, it was Under the Red Hood the animated film alone. We own the bluray now and have watched all the documentaries on that disk more than once. We decided to get A death in the Family as we started collecting and I just finished reading it. I was not disappointed in any way, shape, or form! And I still almost cried when Jason died (even though I knew it was going to happen anyways.) It took a tremendous amount of willpower to maintain my composure. The animation is also very good because You see sooooo much pain on Batman's face as he holds the young man hopelessly in his arms.

It is now one of my top 3 and I have a feeling it will always be there. I did not find Jason to be the nasty smart @$$ brute people claimed he was. Was he reckless, yes. Ruthless, a little. Human, Absolutely. More so than anybody in the bat family ever has been.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. York on January 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
It had been heralded as a milestone by some, a work of tawdry cynicism by others. Regardless of how one feels about Jason Todd's death (pre-retcon), what are the merits of "A Death in the Family" as a story? To be frank, their aren't many; the case that eventually leads the Robin to his death begins with the Joker taking on a painfully out-of-character role as a (Farsi-speaking) international arms dealer. Sure, he has the same maniacal grin and disregard for human life, but while the Joker is traditionally handled as a madman causing mayhem just for the sake of it, here he acts far too much like a stereotypical money-hungry villain in possession of out-character-motivations and abilities. That the Joker's Farsi-speaking is unrealistic is not the problem (no Batman reader should complain of such a thing); the problem is that it disregards everything we know of the character. Had the (dubious) polling not resulted in Robin's death, this story would have been forgotten, except maybe as a gimmicky one-off experiment in reader participation.

Saving this collection, though, is the second half story line, "A Lonely Place of Dying." Not only introducing Tim Drake as a worthy successor, not to Todd, but to Dick Grayson, "A Lonely Place" also serves to justify Robin's existence: He keeps Batman balanced, helps him remember his own youth, and makes him a better strategic crime-fighter (perhaps because of Batman more careful when more than just his life is at stake, but this is left up to the reader to decide). Furthermore, the link between Batman and Two-Face, old friends before the villain's mental and psychological scarring, is explored through a sublime bit of parallelism in which both characters are shown considering their rival's own strategic gifts and how they can counteract them. For all of these reasons, "A Lonely Place of Dying" is a splendid piece of Batman storytelling, making this collection worth buying despite the shortcomings of "A Death in the Family."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By max s. on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Batman: A Death in the Family is an amazing story describing Jason Todd's final days as Robin. With the emotional twists and turns for both Jason Todd and Bruce Wayne, it would be a big mistake not to read this book. Once you start, you can't stop until the end. Believe me, the twists and turns make this story so compelling. Whether you read these stories when they first came out or are a new batman fan, this story is, arguably, the most important one in the story of Batman besides his origin story. READ THIS BOOK!
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For Batman, the death of his parents was the biggest tragedy of his life. They were both taken away from him by two bullets. Bullets shot by a random mugger. Bullets that would scar Bruce Wayne for the rest of his life. Bullets that would lead him into becoming the Batman. He was motivated by the loss of his parents to rid Gotham City of the criminal element that took his parents lives. He would carry that promise for the rest of his life. But he would not do it alone....for he had Robin, The Boy Wonder. And the decision to recruit him into his dangerous mission would ultimately lead to tragedy....

THE DEATH OF THE SECOND ROBIN, JASON TODD.

Yes, I did say "second" Robin, because more than one person has worn the mantle of Robin. The first person to become Robin was Dick Grayson, who was the most well known Robin, as he wore the costume from the late 30's, all the way to the mid 70's. But Dick soon outgrew the role, and set off alone as the adult crime fighter Nightwing. Batman would continue to fight solo, until he met Jason Todd, a troubled orphan who literally tried to steal the tires off the batmobile. Batman felt sorry for the young boy and decided to take him in as the second Robin. But Jason Todd never set well with readers of the day. He was reckless, brutal, and was fueled by his anger. While I myself never had a problem with this (I actually thought it was an interesting depiction of Robin), the readers continued to complain about Jason, and the editorial board at DC decided they had to do something about it. But since they couldn't figure out what to do, they decided to let the readers choose Robin's fate!

The story itself shows that Batman is starting to realize that Jason's recklessness is becoming a serious problem.
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