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Batman: A Death in the Family

(Batman (1940-2011) #426-429)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  26,886 ratings  ·  624 reviews
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 November 1st 1988)
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Finally! I've been wanting to read this one forever, but I've never been able to find it anywhere (free). But Amazon has kindly included it in their Prime reading section, so I snatched it up and here we are.
Ok, while I did know the basic gist of the story, there were several surprises in here that made it well worth reading, especially since I'm a big fan of Red Hood.


Readers actually paid (50 cents) to kill off Jason Todd!
Wow. The hatered was real.
I knew they voted him off, I just didn't realiz
Sean Gibson
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
As someone who has written a serialized story that solicited input from the reading public to determine the course of the plot (see the greatest adventure tale ever told, The Chronicle of Heloise & Grimple), I fully appreciate the gimmick of canvassing readers to help shape a story. On the other hand, there’s something so horrifically impersonal about the idea of comic readers calling a 900 number to weigh in on whether Robin/Jason Todd should live or die (as opposed to their usual reason for ca ...more
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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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Gayness" he said, "is built into Batman. I'm not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. There's just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character he's intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay. I think that's why people like it. All these women fancy him. He doesn't care—he's more interested in hanging out with the old guy and the kid."

-Grant Morrison on Batman

(quote took from The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Cul
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Jim Starlin's late 80s headline grabbing 'death in the Batman family' story, encompassing the search for his real mother; the Joker becoming a UN ambassador(!); and one of the Batman family daring to go it alone against The Joker! I read the comic books Batman #426-429. Lots of Jokerish audacities, lots of hyperbole and a not to bad read, it could have been worse! 6 out of 12
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1988 a truly interesting thing happened. For the 50th Anniversary of Batman comics, D.C. decided to do something shocking- allow the readers to vote on whether to save or kill Robin (Jason Todd). Jason, who wasn't terribly popular, was voted to be killed off. Bear in mind this is during a time when death was supposed to mean something, unlike nowadays when characters seem to die on a daily basis, only to return within an issue or two.

The story behind Robin's death is the now-famous "A Death i
Sam Quixote
May 04, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
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
Delirious Disquisitions
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of retro Batman, Batman & Robin, classic comics, Joker, Tim Drake
You should read this if you like: retro Batman, Batman & Robin, classic comics, Joker, Dick Greyson, Tim Drake, Batman/Robin dynamic.

I know this is a classic but some elements of this story just feel so outdated. Jason Todd's death happens with some drama but since it was to be expected it didn't really pack much of a punch. As someone who would have totally voted yes to put an end to his annoying character I am glad we finally got him out of the picture. His death, though, is significant if on
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was totally amazed when I read this story line when it first came out, I could not believe they would kill off Robin, especially in the way it was done. Very intense story plot and even more so for the late 1980's mainstream comics. Very recommended ...more
Chris Gordon
Wow! I am very impressed at how high in quality A Death in the Family turned out to be. I'll be honest, the stigma of this graphic novel being a bit aged and far before my time initially turned me off to the idea that it could be as worthwhile as some of the contemporary graphic novels I've read and enjoyed. I figured, at most, I would get a decent story out of it and not much more. Boy, was I wrong. Batman: A Death in the Family is by and large one of the most enthralling Batman graphic novels ...more
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Let’s cut to the chase. If the cover of this trade paperback doesn’t single-handedly give away one of the biggest events in Batman’s history, then something’s wrong. Aside from the fact that Batman : A Death in the Family is considered to be one of the most important reads for comic fans and that the death of a Robin is seldom tragic, this volume was a stunning disappointment. I’ll be frank, I jumped into the volume without prior knowledge of t
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It felt strange having known that the readers voted for this ending. You also get an impression of the ending from the title and the front cover, so if you dont see it coming, Im not sure youve paid attention. Just was a little predictable with characters actions and too over the top in some dialogue scenes. Probably wont satisfy everyone, as shown by all the mixed reviews.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, comics, dc
Well, that was painful. Good, but painful.
Briar's Reviews
Batman: A Death in the Family was an amazing collection of comics full of the nerdy Batman I always loved!

Every year on my birthday I splurge a little bit and buy myself a comic book. I bought this one year ago and totally slacked on reading it and posting my review. So now is my time to shine and finally reveal my thoughts on it!

So far, this is one of my favourite series of comics in the Batman universe. Is it the best ever? No. Is it a hit or miss set of comics? Yes. But I absolutely love th
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
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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Its funny grant morrison says in his book a serious house on serious earth that by the time his book will come out DC blood thirsty fans will have vote to kill robin, and he was right lol
to read in the future since i am experimenting with the main batman series right now
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Ill D
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Malpractice, kiddie porn, international terrorism! Oh My!

Or perhaps should I say, Great Scott?

While silly schemes/skullduggery evidenced in the 1960's led Adam West TV serials might have merited such a silly expletives, a more proper exclamation in A Death in the Family would probably be, "Oh F@&*!"

Not only are we graced with a hard story but a particularly dark one. And this narrative is darker than the darkest of freshly laid down asphalts. Again we are visited by the eternal Batman and his ty
Michael Finocchiaro
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the saddest comics I ever read. Spoiler alert (although from the cover, it is hardly surprising), the Joker will knock off one of your favorite characters (and if you were not aware of it, DC comics actually had Batman fans vote on whether this death should occur and readers overwhelmingly threw R under the bus). As an added bonus, the second half of the book shows the personality of the person chosen to replace the deceased. One of the gutsiest and greatest Batman stories in the ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! These books that I've read long ago but have never reviewed, or becoming more and more frequent, and its always the really good ones, what's wrong with me? So to put this short, this is definitely in my top 5 favourite batman stories! Of course it does mark a sad moment in batman comic history, but symbolises one of batmans failures, and proves that even batman can't always save the day! Honestly a very moving story, and one every batman fan has to read! ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most Iconic stories in the history of Batman.
Brooke W.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, batman
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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Michael Benavidez
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
So this collects the ultimate moment in Batman, where things got real. it shows that it wasn't just a grown, rich man and little boy in tights fighting crime. It shows that Batman is human, the situations are dangerous, life threatening, and the Joker is not to be messed with.
So this is one of the earliest comics of Batman I read, and I can't help but notice the art. See in the current Batman books I have, the art is dark, atmospheric. it's Batman's style, and it fits him. Here though, the art
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, dc-comics
So glad to have finally read Jason Todd's origin story.

I loved the artwork for this. The dialogue was a little old-school, but it's acceptable because it was written in the 1980s. It's not dialogue-driven, but really plot-driven. And the plot was solid. It was also interesting to see how current events (mostly terrorism and Middle Eastern conflict) was interpreted in this comic, because there's a substantial bit of this that takes place in the Middle East.

This really reminded me how much I like
Mar 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, don-t-bother
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. ...more
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