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The Joker: Death of the Family (The New 52) Paperback – Illustrated, April 22, 2014
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About the Author
Kyle Higgins is a New York Times best-selling writer whose work includes Batman: Gates of Gotham, Supreme Power, and Deathstroke. After spending two years at the University of Iowa, Kyle transferred to Chapman University where he co-wrote and directed a superhero noir titled The League, about the 1960's superhero labor union of Chicago. The film opened doors at Marvel Comics, where Kyle co-wrote his first two books with Alec Siegel (Captain America Theater of War: Prisoners of Duty, and Avengers Origins: The Vision). Kyle is also a co-writer of The Nightrunner (with David Hine), whose story was featured on The Daily Show with John Stewart. At present, Kyle is helming Nightwing as part of DC's The New 52.
- Item Weight : 1.71 pounds
- Paperback : 456 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401246464
- ISBN-10 : 140124646X
- Dimensions : 6.67 x 0.69 x 10.17 inches
- Publisher : DC Comics; 52nd Revised ed. edition (April 22, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, this book, The Joker: Death Of The Family, was almost perfect except for a glaring flaw. The bottom of the spine seems to have ruptured. Not sure how or why. But unacceptable nonetheless. I may consider requesting for a replacement
My rating is for the condition of the book only. Not the content or the quality. I have not read it yet but everything else seems brilliant. Quality and print is perfect. Glossy pages and vibrant colours.
The book was a great value for the money, being one of the thickest graphic novels I own. If you are a completist or are getting into the New 52, this is a good place to start. This won't unseat "The Killing Joke" or "Arkham Asylum" or even the Joker graphic novel released after "The Dark Knight" from the list of the top Joker stories, but it will fit into those as a collection.
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If you don't get any of this series you are missing some very good entertaining Reading and it's Batman.......
who doesn't want to read about Batman ?
The Death of Joker story is a story arch on a similar scale to Marvel's Civil War. It crosses over into many different DC story lines, with effects felt far and wide. This story begins in Batman - Faces of Death, with the Joker being skinned alive and left dead. This book is essentially about the return of the Joker (he's not dead after all) and his plot to destroy the Bat - fairly standard. This time round instead of going straight after the Bat the Joker goes after the ones Batman holds most dear - Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, Alfred etc. Finally he goes after Batman in the arch's conclusion.
I got the hardcover edition. A fairly large size volume, good picture quality and overall pleasing to read. Saying that, I wish I had got it on the Kindle reader as whilst the book was okay it was not nearly as special as I thought it might have been. Why? - well, the story itself appeared slow at times. The first chapter focuses on Batman, and his warning that the Joker might be back. Thereafter a lot of the book focuses on all the other characters being beaten and taken hostage by the Joker. The Chapter about the Teen Titans bored me stiff and I actually ended up skipping it due to lack of interest. Overall, the story concludes pretty much as you'd expect it to. For a story of this magnitude I frankly expected better. It was okay-ish in the end. Of the New 52 it was not as good as the Court of Owls story arch in my opinion.
Final thoughts? - worth buying, though get a cheap copy, paperback or Kindle perhaps. It was good, just not that good.
Also, I personally found the references to Joker's face, so irritating after a while. Nearly every scene has Joker playing with or discussing losing his face. It becomes boring.
However. As a story goes, DotF is immense and full to bursting point of beautiful art and interesting plot twists and turns. Also this is one of the biggest Batman Graphic Novels I've seen.