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Death Of The Family
The Joker is back and black comedy hilarity ensues.
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Staring in October 2012, Death of the Family is the second Batman crossover spinning out of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's relaunched Batman title, featuring The Joker's return to Gotham City. Like The Night of the Owls before it, Death of the Family isn't a traditional crossover in the sense of the reader needing to read each title in a specific order. The main story will be told in the pages of Batman, while the other titles will tell their own stories within the larger arc. Titles that will tie into the story include Nightwing, Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Catwoman, Teen Titans and Suicide Squad. While the story begins in the 13th issue of Batman, the tie-in books will begin their stories in issue #14 or #15.

The first issue of each title's Death of the Family story features special a die-cut cover illustrated by Batman artist Greg Capullo, in which a mask of the Joker's skin/face folds over an image of the starring character in each book.

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This Comic Book storyline contains examples of:

  • Big Bad: The Joker.
  • Black Comedy: The Joker is engaging in this as usual. As usual, it seems to produce Dude, Not Funny! reactions more often than not.
  • Break Them by Talking: When Batman goes to confront Joker at the Ace Chemical Plant, he find Joker wearing the red hood. Joker launches into this trope by saying that having an network of allies has made Batman soft and weak, and that Joker would be doing Batman a favour by getting rid of them. Batman ends up pulling off the hood to reveal Harley Quinn instead!
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Catwoman makes an appearance in this storyline. She gets an assignment which involves a deadly game of giant chess, with has people inside the chess pieces. Catwoman is tasked with moving the pieces to certain places so that the client wins. She finds out later that the chess pieces have explosives in them and the people inside are in danger.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Batman finds an audio tape that has Joker burning Alfred's eyes with ammonia. Batman is not pleased.
  • Darkness Equals Death: Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department is just going about their business...when Joker turns the lights off. By the time they get turned back on, Gordon is alive and surrounded by a lot of dead cops.
  • Drop the Hammer: Joker attacks Alfred with one.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Catwoman finds herself trying to move giant chess pieces containing people around. She fails to notice a person's head sticking out of a pawn.
  • Fingore: Joker has Barbara Kean-Gordon hostage. He cut off her index finger with a ring on it, presents it to her, and asks her if she'll marry him.
  • Irony: Joker is using this to create very darkly comedic crimes based after his first crimes. An example is when he threatens to kill the mayor at midnight, who is hiding in City Hall. Everyone but the mayor in City Hall dies, excluding Batman and Gordon.
  • It's Personal: Barbara Gordon had been left paralyzed by the Joker in The Killing Joke and Jason Todd had been murdered by him in A Death in the Family. Now that Joker is after both of them, Barbara and Jason have some scores to settle with him.
  • Mad Love: Harley Quinn has gone back to the Joker's side, and she even set herself up as a convincing decoy for Batman to go after at the Ace Chemical Plant.
  • Monster Clown: The Joker.
  • Monster Fangirl: Harley Quinn once again. The sad thing about this is that it looked like she had moved on from him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: This usually comes with Joker's characterization (not counting the Silver Age version). However, he seems intent on cranking it Up to Eleven this time!
  • Oh, Crap: The Batfamily gets this at the end of the second main issue when Joker says he knows all their identities, and gives proof by talking about Alfred (who he tortured) and the Batcave.
  • Squick: Joker got his face back, and he's used a belt to wear it like a grotesque mask.
  • The Chessmaster: The Joker has spent his year-long absence becoming this. The Catwoman story even shows the chess motif!
  • The Commissioner Gordon: The Trope Namer himself appears in this one. Unfortunately, he is one of Joker's targets this time around. Indeed, poor Gordon finds that Joker somehow gave him a lethal dose of blood thinners. Luckily, Batman saves his life and gets him to a hospital.

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