Batman’s “Death of the Family” story arc is one of the most disturbing Joker stories I’ve read. It’s also one of the richest psychologically.
Writer Scott Snyder drills into the heads of Batman and the Joker, amazingly giving a fresh spin to an antagonistic relationship that’s been going on for over seventy years. On the surface, it’s creepy as hell and far too nightmarish for children to read, but lots of careful thought clearly went into the narrative. The payoff in issue #17 is brilliant. Once you get past the grotesqueries, you find an intelligent comic hiding within.
It really shows just how versatile these characters are. They fit a seemingly endless variety of stories.
But keep the kiddies away from this one!
Writer: Scott Snyder
Penciler: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Batman vol. 3: Death of the Family (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 15 and up