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Batman readers were allowed to vote on the outcome of the story and they decided that Robin should die! As the second person to assume the role of Batman's sidekick, Jason Todd had a completely different personality than the original Robin. Rash and prone to ignore Batman's instructions, Jason was always quick to act without regard to consequences. In this fatal instance, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by DC Comics (first published 1988)
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Kemper
Treasure of the Rubbermaids 8: Dial 1-900 For Murder

The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.

The Robin character is something that has been a problem for Batman stories since comics ‘matured’. As Batman was turned into an increasing
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StoryTellerShannon
This best selling 1980s graphic novel let the readers decide if the second Robin, Jason Todd, would live or die after an explosion. In this late 80s graphic novel there's an actual copy of the advertisement and the 900 number to call to decide upon the fate of the Boy Wonder. The fans decided they didn't like Jason Todd much and voted to kill him and no that isn't a spoiler based on the title and cover. Apparently the vote was close. Over 10,000 votes were cast, with the final vote being 5,343 v ...more
Kee the Ekairidium
I first knew about Jason Todd through the story Under the Hood written by Judd Winick which turned out to be his resurrection story. I watched the animation film with Supernatural's Jensen Ackles as Todd's voice actor and then I read the collected edition a few months after. To explain briefly, Jason Todd was the second Robin who succeeded Dick Grayson shortly after the latter quit and then joined the Teen Titans instead. Bruce Wayne first met Jason in the infamous Crime Alley when he was on p ...more
Sam Quixote
SPOILERS

Joker busts out of Arkham Asylum (the place is useless, really) and heads to the Middle East to sell a cruise missile he's had in storage, and Batman follows to stop him. Meanwhile Jason Todd aka Robin is working through some emotional issues and finds out that the woman he thought was his mother wasn't his biological mother so he sets off to track down his real mum.

I know this book is always on peoples' lists of "must-read" Batman stories but, besides Jason's death, there really isn't a
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Kayla
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Eric
Jul 20, 2015 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hardcore Batman fans
Recommended to Eric by: Joe Carl
My co-worker lent this to me with the Batman: Hush graphic novels and told me to read this first. I followed his suggestion and will admit that knowing this background information helped me to understand Hush. However, I would be hard pressed to find another reason to read this comic, other than the obvious one -- to come to understand why and how Robin died.

As for reasons not to read this comic, a few immediately jump to mind. The illustration is dated and unimpressive, the plot is contrived, a
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Brooke W.
As someone who jumped on board with Batman comics during DC's "New 52", this certainly is a must red for the new "Red Hood and the Outlaws" storyline. I have always known about the general premise of the "A Death in the Family" before reading it, but it ended up liking it much better than I predicted. Sure, you can definitely tell that this comic came out in the 80s with it's format and artwork, but it really is a great look at Jason Todd, and reflects to a fantastic degree who he was and what h ...more
Tiffany
I didn't know Tim Drake was named after Tim Burton. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I guess you learn something new every day.

Anyway, I love Tim! He's so adorable and lovable just as the writers intended for him to be. The art is a little off and the writing is a little cheesy, but that's what you should expect from these older comics. The 5 stars are for the story of course: the end of Jason Todd as Robin and the beginning of Tim Drake. This is one of the greatest stories in all of Batman h
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Laura Pamplona
My first mmm Comic? Yes. Well, my best friend is a know-it-all when it comes to batman and sent me a bunch of Batman comics straight from Peru! So, being this the first time reading comics I have to say i enjoyed it a lot, enough to do it again. I love how the story develops and you can not really infer as you would on a regular book... (not sure if this is because i had no previous knowledge when i read it? May be.)
At the end i had strong feelings about Robin, I just didn't like the kid. He so
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Eric Mikols
This is one of those classic stories I never got around to reading, or had much interest in until lately. I had no real connection to Jason Todd except from the Under the Red Hood stories (and the movie). While reading this book, I wasn't sold on Jason as a likable character, though his quest was sympathatic. The Joker is off the wall throughout, even if the end twist is pretty darn stupid. The real story, Jason Todd's search and end, are very well told and I like the Middle Eastern setting for ...more
Roxanne
I did put off reading this one for a while because i just thought it would be too much angst, i mean i know it's batman and angst is his middle name but there is a limit, however this at points is quite campy very 60's tv batman, like joker raiding his closet for his sunglasses and the delivery of his jokes are so deadpan they're spot on his character in this is just balls to wall crazy. The plot you've just gotta go with it, yeah it was mucho coincidental everyone ends up in the middle east tog ...more
Melissa
This was such an utter disappointment, I can't even put into words everything that was wrong with this story. I was going to give it two stars because I did enjoy the first half of it but it honestly doesn't even deserve that. The Joker becomes a UN AMBASSADOR FOR IRAN, let that sink in for a moment. The writing was abysmal and the art was extremely basic. I'm not sure why this has been added to so many "must read" lists.
Nicolas
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Though I'm a Robin fan, I've never been particularly intersted in Jason Todd. I'm glad I finally got around to reading this though. I thought it was really well done. Jason is so different from Dick Grayson or Tim Drake (and Stephanie Brown for that matter). His character brings out a different side to Batman. This has made me want to do some more Jason Todd reading.
Izzy
WOW! What a great Batman series of comics! I found this to be a great telling of Jason Todd and Bruce Wayne's relationship. The story was amazing and so was the art. Definitely a must read for any batman fan.
Patrick
One of the most Iconic stories in the history of Batman.
Martin
Only notable for the "death" of Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker. No, wait - back up: the Joker beat the living shit out of Jason Todd, that's true, but it was the fanboys, by way of votes by telephone, who actually sealed the fate of Batman's sidekick.

Otherwise, we've got: the Joker involved in a plot to sell weapons to people who really shouldn't have any; Jason Todd "out lookin' for his real ma", and he's narrowed down his search to three final suspects candidates; he ends up finding her
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Nerdish Mum
This is a must read for all Batman fans, its incredibly well written, the artwork is on point and the story is epic. I've always known what happens in this book (these comics) but I didn't know how much we learnt about Jason Todd and his back story. I really enjoyed the insight into what makes him who he is and who he becomes. I also think the people who phoned in to vote for the outcome made the right decision as this story would have lost something if Jason hadn't been "killed". If you haven't ...more
Sam
3.5 -- I am torn on A Death in the Family. I absolutely loved the first half of this comic that focuses on the "death" of Jason Todd, but I was not into the Titans sections, even though I realize they are connected. I've never been a fan of Jason Todd, and I found myself feeling far more sympathetic to Bruce's feelings throughout, even though, frankly, Jason was a dick. He is no Dick Grayson, and I realize I have to try and not compare them, but I thought Jason Todd's death was really well done. ...more
Brandy
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Blindzider
This still holds up pretty well. It such a significant event in Batman's life every Batman fan needs to read it. It also doesn't sound too dated and there's some really nice art by Aparo.

FYI, this volume has the death of one Robin, but includes the birth of his replacement.
Dean liapis
Wow. Totally forgot how lame this is. Maybe I'm being too hard on it, but...this book sucked. Robin gets killed in ONE page, only throws one punch, and the whole affair has some pretty weak build up. Batman and Robin fighting in the middle east? I realize it's a comic, but its pretty hard to suspend ANY disbelief when B&R are in full costume, running around the desert punching Arabs. Joker becomes a member of the UN? It is understandable that they want to put Batman at odds with himself ie w ...more
Allison
Jul 27, 2012 Allison rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 6th Grade & up
Recommended to Allison by: 10 books you should read before seeing Dark Knight
As someone who was introduced to and fell in love with Batman through Adam West's portrayal on television, the more recent film version - especially the Dark Knight series - has been quite an eye-opener. A Death in the Family might not for be suitable for younger kids but if there's a middle-schooler or older Batman fan around, this would be a good pick.

This book fills in some holes from the canon of Batman lore and the information about how the writers arrived at the ending is interesting.

If yo
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Brent
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Serial  Saudi_00
Worst batman read ever . Dc .......stay the hell away from politicus . I dont give a damn about the bad guy Hezbollah and the good guy zionist . both junk are the same to me . hell if the story even were that good i might just over look somethings , but damn , its dirty horrible , nothing here of any major significant .

Didn't even want to jump to this book actually , but I think that under the red hood was damn brilliant and emotional that i couldn't help myself of knowing the full story of jas
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Lenka
I like Jason Todd as a Robin. I really loved Starlin's The diplomat's son. And I was happy that his end was quite well done. That part of the story, together with the way Batman is dealing with the event is 4 star story. However there are more parts to Death in the Family that are not very engaging, and that together with the sometimes good sometimes bad art lower my rating. But this together with Diplomat's son is a must read for Jason Todd fans.
Fredsherbet
Some good stuff in this comic, but lots of naff stuff, too. I don't like the artwork much. I like how it's bright and clear, but not that everyone has blue hair!

Batman's character is more conflicted in this comic than often, which is good. Joker is very evil. Jason's mother was the weirdest character. I completely didn't get her motivations or personality.

It felt like a classic 80s era Batman comic.
Ian
With it's so-so art and weak writing, this was much more interesting as a piece of history (fans hated the new Robin so much they demanded he be killed off...so they did!) than an actual book. It's weird how this came out after the Killing Joke, which looks light years more mature and contemporary than this one.
Siria
I read this one more to find out the backstory for Jason Todd than for any other reason. It's readable, but by now incredibly dated: not only does the artwork look cheap, but even the jingoism is behind the times (the Joker teams up with an ayatollah). Typical comic book treatment of female characters, too.
Michael
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Juan Carlos Santillán
Aburrido, tedioso, forzado, demasiado extenso y con pésimas ilustraciones... lo único bueno es que muere Robin. ...more
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James P. "Jim" Starlin is an American comic book writer and artist. With a career dating back to the early 1970s, he is best known for "cosmic" tales and space opera; for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock; and for creating or co-creating the Marvel characters Thanos and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Death and suicide are recurring themes in Starlin's work: Pers ...more
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