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Ce recueil regroupe 2 histoires distinctes : "Un deuil dans la famille" (A death in the family, épisodes 426 à 429 de la série Batman, 1988) + "a lonely place of dying" (épisodes 440 à 442 de "Batman", et 60 & 61 de "New Titans", 1989).
A la fin des années 80, Batman est affublé d'un nouveau Robin (Jason, Todd), l'ancien (Dick Grayson) ayant gagné ses galons de superhéros à part entière sous le nom de Nightwing et faisant partie de l'équipe de Titans. Problème : Jason Todd ne rencontre pas l'adhésion des lecteurs. Solution : Jim Starlin doit écrire un scénario permettant de mettre Jason sur la touche. Résultat : "Un deuil dans la famille" dans lequel Jason Todd part à la recherche de sa mère et tombe sur le Joker.
Avec cette histoire, nous sommes à la fin des 80, le marché américain des comics achève sa mutation en passant de la vente en kiosque à la vente en librairie spécialisée. Les responsables de série développent de nouvelles méthodes de marketing pour augmenter la visibilité de leur produit. Après une période flottement au scénario, Dennis O'Neil (le responsable éditorial de la série mensuelle Batman) sait qu'il tient une équipe solide avec Jim Starlin au scénario et Jim Aparo aux dessins (encré par Mike DeCarlo). Mais il lui faut absolument trouver comment le faire savoir. Son premier essai est la création du concept de la minisérie dans la série avec Ten nights of the Beast.Lire la suite ›
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Awesome value5 décembre 2011
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All of the other reviews do a good job of telling you about the story, so I won't rehash that here. What they don't tell you is that this new edition of A Death in the Family also contains the rare out of print TPB A Lonely Place of Dying. That makes this a great value worth getting in that you have the death of one Robin, Jason Todd, and the introduction of the next, Tim Drake. Unfortunately for me, I didn't know about that when ordering these stories and now I have a TPB copy of a Lonely Place of Dying that I'll need to sell now... :(
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An amazing story with a special bonus ;-)3 septembre 2012
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Before I even knew who Jason Todd was, I knew there was a Robin who died. I didn't start reading comics much up until recently, but I have always Loved watching the cartoons (Batman the animated series, Batman Beyond,justice league, and even a bunch of marvel cartoons including spiderman and the x-men) because my dad used to collect comic book movies.
Sometime a year or two ago my husband and I were bored and headed to a local redbox to find some entertainment for the night. Under the Red Hood just happened to be in stock and as soon as we read the description the rabid geeks in us were like "OMG we have to see this tonight!!" Finally I was gonna learn a little something about Bat History! We were just blown away! If anything inspired My husband and I to start trying to read comics besides The Dark Knight movies, it was Under the Red Hood the animated film alone. We own the bluray now and have watched all the documentaries on that disk more than once. We decided to get A death in the Family as we started collecting and I just finished reading it. I was not disappointed in any way, shape, or form! And I still almost cried when Jason died (even though I knew it was going to happen anyways.) It took a tremendous amount of willpower to maintain my composure. The animation is also very good because You see sooooo much pain on Batman's face as he holds the young man hopelessly in his arms.
It is now one of my top 3 and I have a feeling it will always be there. I did not find Jason to be the nasty smart @$$ brute people claimed he was. Was he reckless, yes. Ruthless, a little. Human, Absolutely. More so than anybody in the bat family ever has been. If ever he was a jerk in the comics, as soon as you open up the pages you start to see him grow as a character and quickly at that. Which makes losing him at the end of the story all the more painfully profound and moving. You also see more of Batman's humanity too. You see how deeply he loves and cares even though he would never tell a soul. Most importantly, it reminds you that Batman is not infallible! It's a painful eye opener about what it costs to be "The Batman." It also raises the untimely question, What Price is too high for "Justice?" This book is a MUST if you have any interest in the graphic novels featuring Batman and it is as relevant today as it was 24 years ago. That is some strong staying power for a graphic novel that is almost a quarter of a century old.
Lastly, what makes this edition extra awesome is that you get two 5 star stories for the price of one. A Lonely place of Dying (the follow up) is included in this book as well and that story is equally wonderful and powerful. You see how much of a difference one random act of kindness from many years ago can make. The impact has the potential to be HUGE! You see exactly how much one moment can change your life. Whether it's for the better or the worse, it's completely up to you. And as a Fan Favorite, Tim Drake is a completely accessible, sympathetic, and rich character full of depth. He has incredible courage inspired by the compassion and enthusiasm only a child could have. This child is also a wise and very bright one, so it's fascinating getting a peek into how his young mind works.
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Death in The Family24 février 2012
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Batman: A Death in the Family is an amazing story describing Jason Todd's final days as Robin. With the emotional twists and turns for both Jason Todd and Bruce Wayne, it would be a big mistake not to read this book. Once you start, you can't stop until the end. Believe me, the twists and turns make this story so compelling. Whether you read these stories when they first came out or are a new batman fan, this story is, arguably, the most important one in the story of Batman besides his origin story. READ THIS BOOK!
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Robin's death may be controversial, but makes a sensational tale, and it marks an important moment in Batman's life...17 novembre 2012
Dr. Rorschach Hound
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For Batman, the death of his parents was the biggest tragedy of his life. They were both taken away from him by two bullets. Bullets shot by a random mugger. Bullets that would scar Bruce Wayne for the rest of his life. Bullets that would lead him into becoming the Batman. He was motivated by the loss of his parents to rid Gotham City of the criminal element that took his parents lives. He would carry that promise for the rest of his life. But he would not do it alone....for he had Robin, The Boy Wonder. And the decision to recruit him into his dangerous mission would ultimately lead to tragedy....
THE DEATH OF THE SECOND ROBIN, JASON TODD.
Yes, I did say "second" Robin, because more than one person has worn the mantle of Robin. The first person to become Robin was Dick Grayson, who was the most well known Robin, as he wore the costume from the late 30's, all the way to the mid 70's. But Dick soon outgrew the role, and set off alone as the adult crime fighter Nightwing. Batman would continue to fight solo, until he met Jason Todd, a troubled orphan who literally tried to steal the tires off the batmobile. Batman felt sorry for the young boy and decided to take him in as the second Robin. But Jason Todd never set well with readers of the day. He was reckless, brutal, and was fueled by his anger. While I myself never had a problem with this (I actually thought it was an interesting depiction of Robin), the readers continued to complain about Jason, and the editorial board at DC decided they had to do something about it. But since they couldn't figure out what to do, they decided to let the readers choose Robin's fate!
The story itself shows that Batman is starting to realize that Jason's recklessness is becoming a serious problem. In order to keep his anger under control (and to not let himself get killed), Batman forces Jason to go off active duty. When Jason hears about this, he angrily leaves the Wayne Manor, and walks towards his old apartment in Crime Alley. When he gets there, he finds a startling discovery. He finds his birth certificate, where his mother, Catherine Todd's signature isn't there. Instead, there is a blacked out name starting with the letter "S" in its place. Realizing that Catherine Todd was not his mother, he travels across the world to search for his real mother. His search leads him to the Middle East, where the Joker is busy selling nuclear weapons to Arab terrorists. I bet your wondering why he would be doing trade with terrorists. Well it's because the police started seizing his funds after he recently crippled Barbra Gordon in THE KILLING JOKE, and he's trying to recover his lost money. Plus he's also insane! When the Joker finds Jason, he takes advantage of the opportunity, and beats the boy wonder near to death before leaving him to die in an explosion.
This where the readers were able to decide Robin's fate. DC Comics gave the fans two phone numbers. One would allow Jason to survive the explosion, and the other would send him into his grave. In the end, the death phone number won by a slim margin, and Jason was found dead in the rumble by Batman. A scene that will have you moving with tears.
The story about Robin's death may be controversial, but it's an amazing story that plays a key role in the life of the dark knight! Jason's death shows us the risks that Batman is taking by allowing a young boy to fight crime along side him, and transforms Batman into more of a loner as he limits his partnerships with his other allies in the future. But more importantly, this story makes Batman's obsession with the Joker even more personal. During the 1980's, the Joker was becoming a darker and more murderous foe as his crimes became more heinous. A powerful example of this was in Alan Moore's THE KILLING JOKE (a personal favorite of mine), as he cripples Barbra Gordon in an attempt to drive her father insane. He ended her career as Batgirl with a single bullet, and has know gone over the edge once again by murdering the boy wonder. These two crimes would cause Batman to no longer hold back on the Joker, and in some cases, would even be tempted to break his one rule with the Joker. In short, these factors make Jason Todd's death the second greatest tragedy in Batman's life.
It's a tale that will truly move you away, and prepare you for how Batman will decide his actions in the future. Controversial or not, I will always treasure this as a truly sensational story of the dark knight!
May Jason Todd rest in peace...
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The Ridiculous and the Sublime24 janvier 2013
Robert J. York
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It had been heralded as a milestone by some, a work of tawdry cynicism by others. Regardless of how one feels about Jason Todd's death (pre-retcon), what are the merits of "A Death in the Family" as a story? To be frank, their aren't many; the case that eventually leads the Robin to his death begins with the Joker taking on a painfully out-of-character role as a (Farsi-speaking) international arms dealer. Sure, he has the same maniacal grin and disregard for human life, but while the Joker is traditionally handled as a madman causing mayhem just for the sake of it, here he acts far too much like a stereotypical money-hungry villain in possession of out-character-motivations and abilities. That the Joker's Farsi-speaking is unrealistic is not the problem (no Batman reader should complain of such a thing); the problem is that it disregards everything we know of the character. Had the (dubious) polling not resulted in Robin's death, this story would have been forgotten, except maybe as a gimmicky one-off experiment in reader participation.
Saving this collection, though, is the second half story line, "A Lonely Place of Dying." Not only introducing Tim Drake as a worthy successor, not to Todd, but to Dick Grayson, "A Lonely Place" also serves to justify Robin's existence: He keeps Batman balanced, helps him remember his own youth, and makes him a better strategic crime-fighter (perhaps because of Batman more careful when more than just his life is at stake, but this is left up to the reader to decide). Furthermore, the link between Batman and Two-Face, old friends before the villain's mental and psychological scarring, is explored through a sublime bit of parallelism in which both characters are shown considering their rival's own strategic gifts and how they can counteract them. For all of these reasons, "A Lonely Place of Dying" is a splendid piece of Batman storytelling, making this collection worth buying despite the shortcomings of "A Death in the Family."