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Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)

Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52)

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by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jock (Illustrator)

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A #1 New York Times bestseller!

One year ago, the Joker limped off the streets of Gotham, mutilated and scarred when someone had taken the pale white skin right off of his face.  

But now, the Dark Knight’s greatest foe has returned but for once, Batman doesn’t seem to be his target. Instead, the Joker turns his vile hatred


A #1 New York Times bestseller!

One year ago, the Joker limped off the streets of Gotham, mutilated and scarred when someone had taken the pale white skin right off of his face.  

But now, the Dark Knight’s greatest foe has returned but for once, Batman doesn’t seem to be his target. Instead, the Joker turns his vile hatred towards Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood and Red Robin … the only family Bruce Wayne has left. The Clown Prince of Crime will unleash his most unpredictable, vicious and psychotic assault ever on everyone Batman holds dear.

Can Batman stop his arch-rival’s most deranged assault ever? Or will the cost of a deadly secret be a family member’s life?  

#1 New York Times best-selling creators Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and Greg Capullo (Spawn) present the long-awaited return of the Joker, as he unleashes his most terrifying, personal assault ever on the Dark Knight. BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY collects BATMAN #13-17 along with backup stories illustrated by award-winning artist Jock (BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR).

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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

When last seen, the Joker had his original scary smile and the rest of his face sliced off; now this smirking fiend is back to wreak his gleeful hatred on the good people of Gotham City. This 456-page edition contains Catwoman 13-14; Batgirl 13-16; Suicide Squad 14-15; Batman and Robin 15-16; Nightwing 15-16; Detective Comics 15-16; Red Hood and The Outlaws 15-16; and Teen Titans 15-16. An adventure-packed graphic novel by rising young writing star Scott Snyder; now in trade paperback.

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Scott Snyder is the bestselling and award-winning writer of Batman, American Vampire and Swamp Thing as well as the short story collection Voodoo Heart.  He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett.  He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

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Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This shows Joker at his fighting best while telling a brand new story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Batman and the Joker, nothing gets better than this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Resurrection Of The Family: Recreating Two Icons Everyone likes a good hero and villain. Having an original perspective creating a story incorporating the two, especially when it’s two established characters is crucial. An interesting comic book villain is a mirror to what society sees in itself: corruption, hate, lies, and evil; all traits that the modern day superhero are up against, and no character embodies these wicked traits in the shadows of our mind quite like comic book author Scott Snyder and, artist Greg Capullo’s Joker from the Batman story arc “Death Of The Family.” “Death Of The Family” is an intriguing story about the Joker returning to Gotham to abduct Batman’s immediate family, and use them as bait to lure Batman into his twisted joke. Initially the plot comes off as being another stereotypical Batman story about the Joker trying to take over the city, but the magic is in the presentation and surrealism that writer Scott Snyder employs in his writing. Snyder recreates DC Comics poster villain into a sadistic, maniacal being that’s sole purpose is to destroy anyone that opposes him. What makes the story interesting and original is how Snyder recreates the relationship between Batman and the Joker. After “The Dark Knight” came out in theaters to astonishing praise and reviews, DC Comics had to keep the Joker as compelling, yet change him so he would stand out from actor Heath Ledger’s interpretation. With artist Greg Capullo’s realistic drawings--a new, darker Joker was born--a Joker that was hungry for Batman’s attention. Unlike other stories, “Death Of The Family” plays on Joker’s “love” for Batman and the chaos that accompanies it. Tired of sharing Batman with his distractions (Robin, Red Robin, Red Hood, and Alfred), the Joker begins to unveil how brutal and insane he truly is--even going so far as to skin his own face to prove his commitment to his rebirth, all playing into his overall plan to keep Batman’s attention on him. The Joker has never come off as unhinged and deranged as he does in this graphic novel. He pushes Batman to new limits, and forces him to reevaluate what it truly means to be a good hero and father. Snyder and Capullo have taken a run of the mill Batman-Joker story and transformed it into a provocative, realistic detective story about a man fighting his inner demons, and a monster infatuated with those demons; leaving the question...are we really that different from the monster chasing us?
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Scott Snyder already had his plate full when he took on the task of writing the flagship book for DC's New 52, but the pressure must have been feverish when he decided to devote an arc to the most notorious villian in all of comics and pop culture. Despite the pressure, Snyder delivered. And then some. Death of the Family actually can hold a candle (dim as it may be) to Alan Moore's legendary The Killing Joke. Coupled with perfect pencils of Greg Capullo, this story pops with a beautiful dose of madness, humor and horror (all things the Joker embodies).
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Snyder and Capullo have a hard job bringing back the Joker in an epic and satisfying fashion. While the artwork and dialogue is perfect, the story lacks. Death of the Family is a brisk 5 issues and is hidden between epics like the 12 issue Court of Owls and around 15 issue Zero Year. Death of the Family is too short for the amount of story that Snyder tries to tell. There is never any breathing room between the action, assassinations, and detective work. While it is a good read once or twice, the story never satisfies fully and you are left with a too safe end.
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I think this was one of the best story arcs I've ever read. If you like the Joker or if you have been following the New 52 Batman series I would highly recommend this book. If you would like a more complete story I would recommend The Joker: Death of the Family, which includes most of the stories from the other Batman Family series, or pick up the related book for an individual character if you aren't interested in all of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my new favorite Batman stories. I understand why some people were upset, as it received a HUGE amount of hype, but I think that it's an excellent read. I was genuinely creeped out and scared, which normally doesn't happen. Snyder and Capullo are a fantastic team and really know how to work the characters and weave together a really good story. There are better stories, but I think that this one is holding to the fantastic quality of their New 52 run thusfar. Can't wait to see what comes next in the Zero Year arc.
drstong More than 1 year ago
A fantastic story. I'm glad I didn't pick up the original #s 13-17 books as they came out and waited for this beautifully printed piece of art. The Joker, moving the mythos into the future, with this face? An incredible stroke of genius. It will, however, be my last super hero book for a long time. DC said they'd make their books $2.99 so everyday readers could afford them. Rebooting the heroes allows a new generation to identify and take ownership of the stories. DC was looking to expand the readership.Well, the books at the comic store are $3.99. And this volume, the third of the Batman reboot, actually requires a little set up. If you've read volumes 1 and 2, you won't have it though. The set-up came in the first volume of the Detective reboot. So the financial investment, the commitment to characters, the effort required to fully understand the story and the legend, are already requirements guaranteeing an elite readership. I don't have it in me anymore.  So what can a review of a comic provide? I'm not sure what some one would want. The acetate wrapping cover is very cool; something I appreciate in a non-digital book. The printing is sumptuous, Greg Capullo's and Jon Glapion's artwork stunning, and Scott Snyder's spinning of the tale deeply inspired. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition. All the pages turned.But DC? Folks? Life is too damned short. I don't have what it takes to be in your elite club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scott Snyder is doing an incredible job writing Batman and Greg Capullo's art is amazing. Definitely a must buy.
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So I preordered to have this on the 15th and today...trying to read it and the date for it is now Nov 5th. Not happy!!!! Cant save my book to card and cant even get stuff on time....glad I stuck with them....not