Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Batman: Death of the Family HC [2013] by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo


BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY HARDCOVER
The Joker returns after his appearance in Detective Comics #1 to reclaim his severed face. The Joker goes back to where they first met ACE Chemical where Harley Quinn disguised as the Red Hood traps Batman. Meanwhile the Joker heads to Wayne Manor and kidnaps Alfred and pours ammonia over his eyes to blind him.

Batman escapes the trap and heads home to find Alfred kidnapped by the Joker. He heads to the home of James Gordon to find him poisoned by the Joker. Batman brings in Nightwing to prevent the Joker from poisoning the Gotham reservoir however the Joker is one step ahead of him. The Joker traps Batman and reveals to him that he knows all of his allies secret identities as well as Batman himself.

Bruce reveals a past story of how the Joker may have known the identities of the Bat-Family. Batman now returns to Arkham Asylum to face the Joker. The Batman faces the traps and people the Joker has set up against him including Mr. Freeze, Clayface, and Scarecrow.

Batman finally arrives to face the Joker, Riddler, Two-Face, and the Penguin. The Joker reveals he has the upper hand by holding his Bat-Family hostage. No matter how close Batman gets to the Joker, his Bat-Family will always hold him back because he cares for them. The Joker asks Batman to sit in a chair to electrocute him. The back-up reveals that he as a covered dinner plate waiting for Batman and his family.

The Joker gathers all of the members of the Batman Family to reveal what is under the dinner plates. As the dinner plates opened, the cut up faces the family stares back at them. Batman fights his way out and discovers the dinner plates with the cut up faces was a joke. Joker lied about know their identities so Batman turns the tables as well that he knows his.

The first arc dealt with the Court of Owls and led to the birth of Owlman in the New 52. However his identity as Bruce Wayne Jr. is inclusive during the end of that story arc. The Death of the Family ends a similar way with the Joker escaping for another day and Batman back on top with no real repercussions. There will definitely be another Batman crossover because DC Comics makes more money than actual real stories.   
                                                                                            
BACK-UP HIGHLIGHTS
- The Joker recruits Harley Quinn to trap the Batman
- The Joker persuades the Penguin to join him or they go to war
- The Joker recruits the Riddler in his plans to make Batman stronger

This hardcover collects
Batman #0
Batman #13–17

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5