Batman : Death of the Family Volume 3 Paperback
by Scott Snyder
Part of the The New 52 series
* A #1 New York Times Bestseller! After having his face sliced off one year ago, the Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City!
But even for man who's committed a lifetime of murder, he's more dangerous than ever before.
How can Batman protect his city and those he's closest to?
It all leads back to Arkham Asylum...This new softcover collects the critically acclaimed tale "Death of the Family" from the superstar #1 New York Times best-selling team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. * Collects Batman #13-17.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 20/05/2014
- Category: Superheroes
- ISBN: 9781401246020
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Review by nmhale
I love the world of Batman. Bruce Wayne is the epitome of an antihero, and his stories are exciting, dark but fascinating, and good triumphs in the end. While I expect the grim aspect of a Batman story, this volume in the series exceeded my expectations. It is very dark and disturbing. Joker returns, and considering his previous history, I suppose they had to raise the stakes to prove him as Batman's most threatening foe. Joker is first seen in a horrible killing spree in the Gotham Police Department, and Gordon is spared his life by Batman's timely arrival. Turns out Joker was only leaving his calling card, though, and soon reveals to Batman that his real target is Batman's family: Nightwing, Batgirl, and all the other crime-fighting associates considered a part of the bat family. Batman strives to stay one step ahead of the lunatic, especially after the Joker kidnaps Alfred, but he isn't able to prevent the madman from taking his family. While Batman does thwart Joker's plans before he can kill the others in front of his eyes, the whole ordeal leaves a deep, negative impact on everyone. Admittedly, the story was riveting, but equally true is the fact that I felt a sense of relief when I finished. In addition to the upsetting story line, the art was truly creepy, with the joker wearing his face pinned back in place, after having previously had it cut off. This central device sets the tone for the illustrations, which are gorey and intense, much like the story. While I like the dynamic between Batman and Joker, this was too much for me. I can't deny it was a good story: well-written, clever twists and real development for Batman and Joker, and with a potential to upset the whole Gotham universe. Nonetheless, I hope subsequent stories give us a breather.