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Product Details

  • Series: Batman (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401242685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401242688
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A jaw-dropping use of the comic book form. I am absolutely certain that the first full image of the Joker from this issue will never leave my memory."—IGN

"Now's a great time to be a Batman fan. Or a Robin fan. Or just a casual reader looking for a compelling Joker story."—CBR

"It's creepier than POLTERGEIST's Carol Ann in a movie with the two chicks from THE SHINING, really."—AICN

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Peter J. Tomasi, a life-long New Yorker, is an NYU grad with degrees in political science and filmmaking. Peter has helped re-imagine many characters and books over the course of his extensive and exclusive career at DC Comics as a writer and editor. Peter's newest projects are BATMAN & ROBIN and GREEN LANTERN CORPS, both a part of DC Comics--The New 52. His previous works include BRIGHTEST DAY  GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS, BATMAN: BLACKEST KNIGHT, THE OUTSIDERS, NIGHTWING, PHANTOM STRANGER, BLACK ADAM THE DARK AGE and FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM.

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Peter Tomasi is the writer of the acclaimed miniseries The Light Brigade as well as having written stories for Outsiders and JSA Classified.

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Most of this book focuses on Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s son and the current Robin.
Scott Knight
This volume does an excellent job of sorting through what was a very messy event, Death of the Family.
Tyler Johnson
First of all, it is a continuation of Peter J. Tomasi's wonderful, character-driven run on the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knight on December 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Batman and Robin: Death of the Family, by Peter Tomasi, ties in to the overall Death of the Family story running through the Bat-titles. In addition to the run-in with Joker, though, are several other episodes. Most of this book focuses on Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s son and the current Robin. In one arc, Damian has sent Bruce chasing mementos from his past in order to help him discover more about his parents and childhood. It is a touching story and goes a long way towards developing the father-son relationship between the two. Another arc has a story with Damian and Dick Grayson (Nightwing) dealing with the fall out from Joker's attack on the Bat-family.

From the start, Damian has been a tough character to like. This volume softens the edges a little and begins to show Damian as a boy yearning for approval and attention from his father beyond what he receives in his role as Robin. Bruce’s attitude towards him also begins to change, and this character development grounds the story in reality much more than a typical superhero book might be able to do.

I recommend this to Batman, and particularly Damian Wayne, fans. It will deepen the Death of the Family storyline, and broaden your view of the relationship between Batman and Robin.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Johnson on December 5, 2013
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This volume does an excellent job of sorting through what was a very messy event, Death of the Family. Patrick Gleason and Peter Tomasi delivered one of the most visceral and affecting chapters of the event with Damian and the Joker's heart to heart at the zoo. The scene is swimming with reds and blacks, and Gleason uses shadows to masterful effect. These issues lead perfectly into the conclusion to the event, which I personally felt was lacking, but won't hold against this volume, seeing as it is originally from a different series.

The two remaining issues are the annual and issue 17. They delve deeper into the psyche of our characters, and looks at what their complex family has become. It is a touching, if not dysfunctional, type of love these characters have for each other, and Tomasi couldn't have written it any better.

Nothing has changed from the last two volumes. Tomasi nails the tone of the series, and writes these characters better than anyone out there, while Gleason hits the visuals out of the park every time he puts pen to paper. Batman and Robin continues to be the masterfully written, flawlessly drawn jewel in the crown of DC's many bat series. There isn't really anything left to say other than you should absolutely own this book. An unquestionable buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cinewhore on May 14, 2014
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A continuation of the very strong work on this series as a whole. The collection is let down by the inclusion of the Batman issue (which I already have in several other collections), which to me feels like I spent money for no reason. Still, I get that others may not have it, and at least it brings some resolution to the story. Otherwise, I really have no complaints. I'm loving the father-son dynamic, and the lovely artwork.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Gepner on March 30, 2014
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This is on going greatness. I love every moment of Batman and Robin. These are some of the best written issues since Grant Morrison started their journey over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on December 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is my first time reading "Batman & Robin" and I've jumped in here because I'm reading the whole "Death of the Family" arc to see how DC actually plays out a crossover storyline like this between all the different series. So far I've read Catwoman and Batgirl and this makes the third book. (Though I've now read Batman by the time this review is published) From these books I know that the Joker is torturing the Bat-family and I know who dies but that death hasn't happened yet; it has only been relayed in a phone call. One chapter has appeared in two books but in different lengths.

Surprisingly, this volume has very little new to add to the "Death in the Family" arc. Not having read the previous volumes I feel like I'm missing something here but the book starts off with Damien playing at being Batman to prove something to Bruce and all the while Bruce, I think, is in on what he is doing. So there are some crimes and superhero action going on with vague references here and there to Batman's past.When the Joker comes along to do his torture session of Robin it's pretty gruesome. Love the artist's take on the new Joker's look! Then things got a little weird for me going back to the 1700s, back to the present, two Batmans and Professor Pyg? After this psychedelic run we're back to the famous scene I've already read in Batgirl where Joker has the entire family captured. Love this part! It's cut a little different than the first time I read it but I'm really looking forward to reading it again and finding how each member works their way to the party (heehee). Then we end off with another fairly psychedelic issue with Damien, Bruce and Alfred all having frightening dreams. A scary ending paired with a touching father/son moment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Rodrigues on May 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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Peter J. Tomasi has done a phenomenal job writing the series so far. This one is definitely the best one so far. Why? THE JOKER! The joker storyline in this book is incredible and it had such a shocking ending! Also the edition of the annual was nice too. The annual tells the story of Robin sending his father on a worldwide tour to see things relating to his parents. The trip is very heart warming, as well as when Damian takes over as Batman while he is gone traveling. This book is awesome and I look forward to Volume 4 in June! BUY THIS
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