*shock and awe* SOMETHING THAT ISN’T FROM IMAGE COMICS! (I know right?)
Title: The Joker: Death of the Family
Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: (Various Artists and Various Titles)
Issues: Contains Issues from numerous Bat Titles like Cat Woman, Teen Titans, Detective Comics, etc.
Page #: 456
Genre: Dark Superhero Comic
Ping: One of the very best events in modern Superhero history and its orchestrated by THE JOKER.
Now guys, I know that based on my choices in comics you might think that I’m not a big comics person, simply because I’m not all DC SUPERHERO’s this or MARVEL SUPERHERO’s that! I did do a review of Moon Knight which believe it or not is a Marvel Superhero comic and now I’m doing one from DC which is actually close to my own heart.
When I talk about my comic history I have to say that I started reading comics because my Grandfather would buy me some when he went to the flea market on Saturday. I would go with him and say ooh look that guy has a Robin Comic that he’s selling for a buck maybe because it wasn’t a particularly old one nor one from a particularly famous lineage, but in any case I was reading a bit of this and a bit of that growing up.
When I got into high school I was very much into Batman comics specifically. I was actually reading a handful of these comics when Death of the Family came around but this was right at the end of my buying comics (up until this past fall when I fell head first back into the hole). I pulled out one of my Cat Woman comics that was a part of this line to show Taylor that, yes I was reading it and I even still had a handful.
I wasn’t reading all of them and that’s the key. The thing that makes this bind up so good, is that it pulls all of the pieces of the stories together. If you are like I was, really invested in the story line for Red Hood and Outlaws you get a bit upset when the characters get ripped out of their current story arcs to deal with something else that’s going on. When you are reading it in a bind up like this, with just the bits that pertain to this event it makes oodles of sense.
So, yes I was a bit bothered by it back then, but I didn’t have the whole picture and that’s really necessary for something like this. Do I think that these sorts of events are a way for DC or Marvel to get higher numbers on some titles that might not be doing as well, of course but sometimes the stories that come out of them are worth it.
Okay fine all of that is good, but why should you read it. Well, I think the great thing about this whole line is the suspense. Its called Death of the Family, the big bad here is the Joker he has killed members of the Bat Family before so we know that if anyone is going to do it, it might as well be him. There is nobody quite like the Joker.
I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t get into the specifics but it was really the lat few pages of this story that got to me. Once the action is over with you get this little picture of how its effected everyone involved and it was that two page spread that really hit it home.
If you have been looking for something to test out the Batman waters I would say that this is definitely a good contained story to start with that introduces you to virtually all of the titles in the Batman Universe. You might have your interest piqued for one story line or another and it doesn’t require a whole lot of knowledge of characters before this. It is well self contained. At that point you can find the forums telling you which issues are critical for you to be considered a Bat Nerd or whatever.
I have admitted that I am not enthralled with the Super Hero market as it stands right now, there are some comics I enjoy and some that have fallen to the way side for me, simply because I’m not in a place in my life where I want to read those kinds of stories. However I still enjoyed this bind up very much and I think I will always have a place in my heart for those in the Batman Universe.
What stories do you think are great intros to the Batman Universe? Alternatively, what are your favorites?