It’s been a few weeks now since I finished reading this graphic novel collection, so I thought it was about time I jotted down my thoughts on it!
Death Of The Family, in essence, is a collection of stories where the Joker is going after each member of Batman’s ‘family’ (those who are close to him such as Robin and Catwoman). Each chapter covers a different character and how the Joker entraps them. The concept is awesome, and the artwork is phenomenal.
Unfortunately, as is the case with most of these collections of stories, the chapters are a bit hit and miss. Some stories are excellent, but others are a bit of a struggle to get through. Luckily, the overall majority of stories are good and the ‘version’ of the Joker that is weaved into the stories is pure brilliance. Really twisted, and a little bit funny.
The stories all tie together at the end in a final showdown with Batman vs Joker which is awesome. At the end of each chapter there is a slight hint at where things are going, but it’s still a bit of a surprise. Although this showdown is great, it is followed by a epilogue which for me, ruined things a bit. I felt it wasn’t really needed.
However – don’t let this put you off picking up this book, as it is still great fun to read and well worth adding to your collection if you’re a Joker fan! You’ll probably enjoy the book more if you have read any other comics on the characters featured (the Teen Titans turned up for a while, and I didn’t even know about them).
Have you read Death Of The Family? What did you think?