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Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52) (Batman (DC Comics Paperback)) Paperback – Illustrated, May 13, 2014
Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
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"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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- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401246020
- Product dimensions : 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Publisher : DC Comics; New 52 ed. edition (May 13, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This volume sees the return of the Joker. After an inexplicable absence of a year the Joker makes a dramatic return to a life of mayhem and chaos. He raids the GCPD to steal his face from an icebox and from there lures Batman into an elaborate trap by systematically and slowly reenacting his famous crimes from the past. Joker's tactics and Batman's response puts a severe strain on Batman's relationship with his extended 'family', hence the title.
Snyder's Batman series is dark, constrained and tense. He likes to put the Dark Knight in the most perilous situations to test his mettle and his morals. Capullo's art is a good complement to this style. He keeps the panels crowded and cluttered and induces a real sense of claustrophobia and fear. Snyder has written the Joker just right, and in some parts he is incredibly creepy. The extent and scope of his crimes (which provides an unwanted glimpse into his twisted psyche) is downright terrifying. The conclusion is sort of bittersweet and a bit ambiguous. Readers will be left to wonder if the Joker really succeeded in his goals or not.
Years from now we will look back at this arc as one of the more memorable Batman stories. This deserves to be in the pantheon of great comic book arcs.
Synder's exploration into the family relations of the Bat family is refreshing and welcoming, offering something more than hero vs. villian. It offers a deeper layer to the Batman universe and brings depth to Batman himself. Along with suspense and mystery, this take on Batman is compelling.
On a visual level Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family is beautiful, right down to the decaying, rotting face of the Joker.
If you want to sit in on a family counseling session of the most unusual, then grab a seat or lay back and pick up Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family.
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. The wrap around cover that reveals Joker's skinless face is awesome. Who knows, this maybe a collector's item one day.
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It examin's the psychology behind Joker and Batmans relationship. Its entertaining, well paced and very satisfying.
I don't want to spoil it - you should read it and see. Joker is back in Gotham after a year of self exile and he effectively wants to relive his past glories with Batman and remind the Dark Knight who he truly is.
The one quibble I have is ****(Spoiler Be Warned) Its a tad ridiculous how easily Joker finds it to kill the cops at the beginning. Joker is ruthless and violent but he's not a one man army, breaking necks didn't seem his style. But that's a minor point really.*****
If you’re a fan of Batman and particularly his battles with The Joker then this is a must have alongside The Man Who Laughs, A Death in the Family and The Killing Joke. The stakes are high, the plot feels personal and the pacing doesn’t falter. It’s a great read although I have one nagging doubt.
The nagging doubt is that things reset a bit too easily at the end, although I appreciate it’s building towards Volume 7: Endgame. A Death in the Family and The Killing Joke delivered moments with lasting consequences and I feel this story would become an all time classic with something similar.