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  • Series: Batman (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401242340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401242343
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Batman, Vol. 3: Death of the Family: Interview with Scott Snyder by Charlie Chang

The Joker is arguably the most popular villain in comics and in entertainment. How do you go about tackling such an icon in not only the Joker?

Scott Snyder: For me personally, the only way to write these iconic characters when there’s 75 years of great stories that have already been written is to make these stories personal. Assume that if you make it personal, then that’s how you make it original. So I came up with the idea for this story when we were about to have our second kid and I just kept finding myself wishing that I could stop worrying about the first kid once in a while and wondering how I was going to do this again. I came to this realization that Batman has this family and he probably thinks that same thing once in a while like, I wish I could stop worrying about them. Then that led me to this idea that someone might ask him, “Well why don’t you just kill all of them? That would make it easy...” and that’s the Joker right there. I knew that was the Joker, I could hear it in my head. It was perfect, you hear that and you know he’s coming. Then it became a process of trying to develop a story of how to go deeper and deeper and darkly into that idea.

Just a few years ago, The Dark Knight film redefined Joker when a lot of people didn’t think that would have been possible. What’s different about this version?

Scott:I love the Heath Ledger Joker, I also love The Joker from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore’s Killing Joke, but we tried to create our version that’s both funny and almost humorously apocalyptic in his own kind of way while at the same time giving this Joker his own look. In another book (Detective Comics, Vol. 1) his face was cut off and we picked that up because it hadn’t been dealt with and we turned it into something for our story where he belts on his own skin-face thing and that’s part of the theme of this story where he’s trying to say, “Let’s look beneath the skin of this relationship and see what you really look like beneath that mask, all of you, you fools.” So in a way, I think this is very different than anything you’ve ever seen, especially if you love the Joker, if you’re new to comics or new to the character at all, hopefully it’s something that gets your attention.

If you could put your favorite thing about this book, what would it be?

Scott: The thing that I love about it is how dark it is. I try to write the Joker with integrity and from the perspective that he genuinely believes that he’s doing Batman a service by getting him to kill his own family because he believes Batman loves his villains more than his heroes or his allies. Because ultimately what’s going to happen is each one of them is going to die or fall to some villain and he’ll end up alone with the villains that he keeps alive and doesn’t kill anyway. So why not just do it now? The twisted truth, brutality, and relentlessness of that conviction is what I love about this book the most. The Joker believes he’s peeling back the face of Batman to show a truth that’s there that Batman does not want to admit is beneath the cowl.

Some of the other writers writing the tie-ins to Death of the Family have touched on this but coming out of this book, what are you most excited to explore after this big huge epic?

Scott: Well for me, it was never really about what happens in continuity, it was never about the idea that the Bat family isn’t going to meet or work together anymore. That was a fun repercussion in the books but it’s the first part of a story within a story about the Joker that I plan to continue. Its part of the relationship I’m fascinated by and this is only one piece of it. So to me it’s really about this part, the Joker saying we love you and you love us so why don’t you admit it.

This book is so full of rich themes and emotional characters, what do you think is the core of this book and what is Death of the Family really all about?

Scott: This book really is a meditation on the dark and twisted nature of Batman’s relationship, both with the Joker and with his own family. How the Joker, as evil and horrifying as he is, sometimes can extrapolate from a kernel of truth, a horrible abomination of that truth that speaks to something that can terrify everybody. That to me is really what this book is about and I’m very proud of that.

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"This is a book you need to read. Whether you're a fan of comics or not. If you're a fan of good storytelling and can buy into the conceit that a man dressed as a bat can make a difference in the world, then there's no better book for you than this one."—Huffington Post

"One of the best Batman runs in the history of the character. The fact that two of the biggest names in the industry are handling the return of the Joker is just icing on the cake."—IGN

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This book is a must for any hardcore Batman fans.
V. Tapia
I don't want to ruin too much about this book, but I will say it is one of the best Joker stories ever if you are into the sick and twisted version of the Joker.
Stevie Z
Also I don't buy hardcovers, I prefer my TPB's they feel more like a comic book and are cheaper but this is well worth it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on November 5, 2013
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Horror goes hand-in-hand with the concept of Batman so well; it's no wonder modern day phenom writer Scott Snyder's work on the character is so darn good. His work in other horror genres like American Vampire, Severed, The Wake, and Swamp Thing are all horror based, so putting his frame of reference with Batman on his earlier work like the Black Mirror and Court of Owls arcs have been stunning. So here we are now with Snyder writing his favorite villain of all time the Joker, who has been away for one year since the beginning of the New 52, where in Detective Comics #1 the Joker got his face ripped off and disappeared from the DC Universe ever since. Now the Joker has made his return in Batman #13 under the penmanship of Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo and what do we get? One of the most horrific and insightful portrayals on the Joker and Batman in modern day story telling.

BATMAN VOL.3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY collects issues #13 - #17. After returning to Gotham one year later from his face being cut off, the Clown Prince of Crime resurfaces in Gotham City by doing some numerous errands like taking back his face from Gotham City police department and re-doing some of his crimes he first committed. But the Joker has a plan he's been working up for that whole year; a plan to bringing Batman back to his old ways when he was a solo crime fighter, because from his adversary's perspective, the Bat-family (Nightwing, Red Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl, Robin, and even Alfred) weigh him down - and Joker believes his "real" family is his rouges, to which Joker will stop at nothing to convince Batman that his Bat-family is the cause of all that makes him weak.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Balofsky on November 13, 2013
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After sitting out for a bit of the Nu52, the Joker makes his return and what a return it is.

This story arc examines the relationship between batman and the Joker and also that of batman and the bat family and the joker and the bat family. We see the joker close to the recent movie adaptation, that of a true force of anarchy and chaos. But more than that this is a joker with a twisted view of reality. This is a joker who is in his opinion being close with batman.

Up until now in the Joker's mind he has never had an issue with the bat family, just with Batman. Even crippling Batgirl ( before reboot) was an attack on Batman not on Barbara. This storyline changes that with the Joker deciding to go after the entire bat family and show them what happens when he goes after them for real.

This is a joker who like I said, is terrifying but almost frighteningly enough, he seems in a twisted way, more human at the same time. Albeit a sick person who you would run from in fear.

With the recent Court of owls storyline out of the way it was good to have the joker back and unlike other stories that claim to make changes that will last forever, and then everything is the way it was before only a short time later, this story will live up to that claim.

The writing is superb and the dynamic of the joker and batman is explored in new ways that other writers never thought of.
Joker's attack on the bat family really does change the playing field of the bat family comics and the fall out is something I am eager to see more of.

Snyder is a brilliant writer whose run on batman will go down as one of the all time greatest if this keeps up.

The art is spectacular and disturbing when it needs to be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allen Darlington on November 19, 2013
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I've constantly been wondering what happened to Joker since Detective Comics #1, this book answers that question :) This particular book only covers Batman's side of the story whereas The Joker: Death of the Family neatly combines all of the other applicable tie-ins. After reading both, I can see that this one works well as a stand-alone book but then is greatly enhanced by the tie-ins. If you're looking for a quick read that covers the whole story arc, this one does just fine. But if you're wondering how the rest of the Batman family got to where they did by the end of this story buy The Joker as well.

The art work is masterful and Snyder does not disappoint as usual. A+ for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jolly Swagman on February 12, 2014
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While I enjoy some of the ideas in this arc (and his run so far), Snyder is constantly slowing the pace down and bogging the artwork with overdrawn monologues, needless exposition and flashbacks, and yes, the villain having to explain his own symbolism and importance to the story as if we are idiots, and the Batman/Joker dynamic some new thing we've never heard of. I wanted to like it more, but reading the Joker's dialogue (too many "hee hee's" and reiteration of the Jester/King metaphor) is too irritating for multiple reads and also makes it seem like Snyder doesn't trust the reader to connect any dots. There has to be a more subtle way to introduce that metaphor than repetitive dialogue.
Some of the gore was shocking, and some was just in questionable taste and kind of forced (look guys, my Joker's even cooler cuz...bodycount!). We get that he's creepy and uncanny. Can't he be a little bit funny or ironic? The 2-headed cat was cool. The ending was decent and ultimately inconsequential, but also had another long-winded speech on the importance of their relationship by Bruce, which dragged, and felt not only self-important, but stupid. Batman apparently is superstitious enough to think that the city is literally a living mirror that watches him and spits things back. His own self-awareness makes the idea seem less novel. We all know it was a theme in Snyder's work already, so why beat it over the head so obviously and somehow make Bruce seem less intelligent at the same time?
Honestly, not a bad story but could have been much better. The art and the overall strength of the run are enough for me to recommend it to those who have enjoyed Snyder's run so far and the references to other Joker stories are fun and clever and will appeal to older Batman fans.
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