Comic Book: Death Of The Family
Starting 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 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
, Batman and Robin
, Detective Comics
, Red Hood and the Outlaws
, 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.
The storyline has met with some controversy: taking Joker's evil and ramping it Up to Eleven
, the gory level of violence, the controversial decision to revamp Joker with him wearing his face like a masknote
, and an incoming editor's initial firing of Gail Simone
from her booknote
(however, Gail was ultimately brought back due to fan outrage, though two issues after the storyline's formal ending ended up being written by a fill-in writer, whereupon Ms. Simone would write an ultimate epilogue to the Batgirl crossover portion of the storyline in Batgirl #19).
But even with the controversy, the arc was critically acclaimed for its haunting atmosphere and for its further exploration into the relationship between Batman and the Joker, as well as the characterization of the two.
This Comic Book storyline contains examples of: