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Batman: A Death in the Family Paperback – Illustrated, November 22, 2011
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As the second person to assume the role of Batman's sidekick, Jason Todd had a completely different personality than the original Robin. Rash and prone to ignore Batman's instructions, Jason was always quick to act without regard to consequences. In this fatal instance, Robin ignores his mentor's warnings when he attempts to take on the Joker by himself and pays the ultimate price. Driven by anger with Superman by his side, Batman seeks his vengeance as he looks to end the Joker's threat forever.
This tale of loss, guilt and brutality is considered one of the most defining pieces in the Dark Knight's mythology. Batman: A Death in the Family collects Batman #426-429.
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In a career that has spanned nearly 30 years, Marv Wolfman has helped shape the heroic careers of DC Comics' Green Lantern, Blackhawk, and the original Teen Titans, as well as Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Nova. In addition to co-creating The New Teen Titans and the universe-shattering Crisis on Infinite Earths with George Pérez, Wolfman was instrumental in the revamp of Superman after Crisis, the development of The New Teen Titans spin-off series Vigilante, Deathstroke the Terminator, and Team Titans, and created such characters as Blade for Marvel, along with Night Force and the retooled Dial "H" For Hero for DC. In addition to his numerous comic book credits, Wolfman has also written several novels and worked in series television and animation, including the Superman cartoon of the late 1980s and currently the hit Teen Titans show on Cartoon Network.
- ASIN : 1401232744
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (November 22, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401232740
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401232740
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.59 x 0.45 x 10.14 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And that could have been the end of it, a shocking twist driven by fans. But here, Starlin (and later other writers) chose to make this a major turning point, a true mark on Batman's career and his soul. A Death in the Family isn't just about a Robin who dies, but about what that kind of loss does to Batman. It explores the power of Robin and why Batman seeks allies and family in that way in the first place. This volume also serves as a nice introduction to the next Robin, Tim Drake, who in no way fully replaces Jason, or even his predecessor Dick, but offers a whole new kind of Robin--an intelligent, analytical, and sensitive boy attuned to the Dark Knight. He may even be my favorite Robin, though there are things to like about each of them.
This could have just been a sensational one-off ending mandated by consumers, and it would have been fine. But instead, Jason Todd's death became rich ore to mine for many other emotional stories and reflections to come. This is not just a classic, but a must-read for anyone trying to learn about the character history of the Batman.
This depicts the death of Jason Todd at the hands of the joker and Batman's emotional collapse afterwards. A lot of people really didn't like Jason Todd as Robin-which kinda blows my mind in a sense, yet I can understand how his attitude as 'Robin' puts people off. He jumps the gun and runs almost on pure emotion most of the time.
This graphic novel gives the reader a little bit of insight on Jason's attitude in my opinion. (Without spoiling anything.) We (the reader) have to remember that Jason is just a kid who's confused and just wants answers-which this graphic novel really sheds light on.
(Sorta spoiler in a sense.)
In my opinion, Jason's death was an unconditional sacrifice and this graphic novel helped me see that-which gave me more respect for the lad.
I feel like people see Robin less as an adolescent and more as Batman's...almost sort of crutch; They want him to have the same sense of justice as Batman, they want him to look up to Bruce as a mentor and they want his attitude to be optimistic.
Honestly, I enjoyed Jason Todd as a Robin and I enjoy his presence in the Dc Universe as a character even more. I felt his conflicting views with Batman really sheds light on the reader that Robin is just a kid who's been thrown into a confusing and dark world. Seeing Robin with a totally different attitude than his predecessor (Grayson is awesome, don't get me wrong.) is awesome for those reasons.
Overall without more rambling-this comic is awesome. I felt Tim Drake was a bit too pushy and too 'on the ball,' but I get it and I still enjoyed his introduction.
Keep in mind that this graphic novel is a bit older, so don't expect anything super flashy and overly dramatic like the newer Batman stuff. As far as story telling though, it's done incredibly well for its time.
I would definitely recommend this graphic novel.
If you want more Jason Todd as Robin stories, pick up:
Batman the Cult.
There are many more reviews here that critically examine the story, so I'll only say this: even for readers with a causal interest in the caped crusader like me, this collection is just as important and powerful as any of the other story arcs in the Batman canon. The story examines what it means to be human as much as it examines what it means to be a symbol of justice. The raw emotions of Jason Todd juxtaposed with the raw emotions of Batman after his death portray these characters as more than two-dimensional gags, but as complex human beings drowning in both their convictions and their loneliness -- not at all unlike most readers.
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The second story arc "A Lonely Place Of Dying" has Batman in a unfocused mindset following the events of "A Death In The Family" and he is taking risks that he wouldn't normally.
This story is the origin of the third Robin - Tim Drake. Tim has learned the secret of who Batman is and searches out Dick Grayson to bring him back to Gotham to help Batman refocus.
These are 2 very good and very important stories to the Batman universe and a must read for Bat Fans.
It was uncomfortably unreadable and I only managed to get through it so I don't feel like a fraud writing this review. Give this one a miss