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Batman: A Death in the Family (2011) - TPB
"Batman: A Death in the Family"
DC Comics


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Cover Date: 2011
Cover Price: US $24.99

Issue Tagline: The Ground-Breaking Classic!

Format: Color; Trade Paperback; 272 pages

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Synopsis:
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Reprints/Collects:
Batman (1940) #426
Batman (1940) #427
Batman (1940) #428
Batman (1940) #429
Batman (1940) #440
Batman (1940) #441
Batman (1940) #442
The New Titans (1988) #60
The New Titans (1988) #61

Notes:
This edition of "A Death in the Family" also reprints the story-arc "A Lonely Place of Dying". The stand-alone collection of "A Death in the Family" may be found here, and the "A Lonely Place of Dying" stand-alone reprint is here.

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An image for Jack Drake exists Jack Drake
An image for Janet Lynn Drake exists Janet Lynn Drake
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An image for James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis) exists James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Barbara Gordon (DC)(Post-Crisis) exists Barbara Gordon (DC)(Post-Crisis)
An image for John Frederick Grayson (DC) exists John Frederick Grayson (DC)
An image for Mary Elizabeth Loyd Grayson exists Mary Elizabeth Loyd Grayson
Harry Haly
Sheila Haywood
Icestar (Champions)
An image for Jericho exists Jericho
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
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An image for Lady Shiva exists Lady Shiva
  An image for Terrance  Long exists Terrance Long
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An image for Penguin (DC) exists Penguin (DC)
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
Ravager (02 - Batman villain)
An image for Raven (DC) (04 - Rachel Roth) exists Raven (DC) (04 - Rachel Roth)
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Sharmin Rosen
Sarah Simms
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Gaspar Taylor
Catherine Ann Todd
Willis Todd
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"A Death in the Family, Chapters 1 & 2" - Edit this story

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A Death in the Family (Batman)

Writer(s):
Jim Starlin

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
Peter Brando
An image for James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis) exists James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd) exists Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd)
Sharmin Rosen
Gaspar Taylor
Catherine Ann Todd
Willis Todd
An image for Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent) exists Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent)

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Synopsis:
Jason Todd receives information indicating that his biological mother is currently residing in the Middle East. Against the advice of Batman, Jason departs to search for his mother. But little does he know that he is being set up by the Joker! Can Batman reach Jason in time to protect him from the cruel fate that awaits him?

Notes:
Originally published in Batman (1940) #426.

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A Death in the Family (Batman)

Writer(s):
Jim Starlin

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
Sheila Haywood
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd) exists Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd)
Sharmin Rosen

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Synopsis:
Jason Todd finally reunites with his estranged biological mother, but unfortunately for him, the Joker is also waiting for him. Captured by the Joker, Jason and his mother are savagely beaten by a crazed Joker. As a final insult, Joker arms a bomb linked to Jason and his mother. Can they possibly escape with their lives?

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Originally published in Batman (1940) #427.

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A Death in the Family (Batman)

Writer(s):
Jim Starlin

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
An image for James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis) exists James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Barbara Gordon (DC)(Post-Crisis) exists Barbara Gordon (DC)(Post-Crisis)
Sheila Haywood
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
An image for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini exists Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd) exists Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd)
An image for Superman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Clark Kent) exists Superman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Clark Kent)
An image for Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent) exists Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent)

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Synopsis:
Batman arrives too late to stop the bomb from detonating. Searching through the rubble, Batman finds Jason's mother, who reveals a startling piece of information before she dies in his arms. Searching for Jason, Batman finds his lifeless body. Heartbroken, Batman returns to Gotham City to mourn his fallen friend. When he arrives however, he learns the shocking identity of Iran's new UN Emissary.

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Originally published in Batman (1940) #428.

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A Death in the Family (Batman)

Writer(s):
Jim Starlin

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
Ralph Bundy
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
An image for Superman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Clark Kent) exists Superman (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Clark Kent)

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Synopsis:
With his new political position granting him diplomatic immunity, there is nothing that Batman can do to bring Joker to justice legally. Seeking out vengeance in his own way, Batman hunts for a way to stop the Joker. Can Superman talk some sense into Batman before he commits the same crime as the Joker did, thus lowering himself to that level?

Notes:
Originally published in Batman (1940) #429.

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A Lonely Place of Dying

Writer(s):
George Pérez
Marv Wolfman

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
An image for Changeling (DC) exists Changeling (DC)
An image for Cyborg (DC) exists Cyborg (DC)
An image for Timothy 'Tim' Drake exists Timothy 'Tim' Drake
An image for James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis) exists James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Mary Elizabeth Loyd Grayson exists Mary Elizabeth Loyd Grayson
Icestar (Champions)
An image for Jericho exists Jericho
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
An image for Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson) exists Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson)
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
Ravager (02 - Batman villain)
An image for Robin (01 - Dick Grayson, E-1 & Post-Crisis) exists Robin (01 - Dick Grayson, E-1 & Post-Crisis)
An image for Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd) exists Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(02 - Jason Todd)
An image for Starfire (DC)(03 - Koriand'r) exists Starfire (DC)(03 - Koriand'r)
An image for Troia exists Troia
An image for Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent) exists Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent)

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Synopsis:
A photographer took pictures of Batman in action, knowing he was Bruce Wayne. He then set out to find Dick Grayson. Alfred patched up Bruce from injuries he'd received the night before. He told his employer how concerned he was for him. Batman notified Gordon that Two-Face was back in action. The photographer asked Starfire about Nightwing. He broke into Dick's apartment and learned Haly's Circus was closing.

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Originally published in Batman (1940) #440.

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A Lonely Place of Dying

Writer(s):
George Pérez
Marv Wolfman

Penciller(s):
George Pérez

Inker(s):
Bob McLeod

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Michael 'Mike' Carlin
Jonathan Peterson

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
An image for Cyborg (DC) exists Cyborg (DC)
An image for Timothy 'Tim' Drake exists Timothy 'Tim' Drake
Harry Haly
An image for Jericho exists Jericho
An image for Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson) exists Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson)
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
Speedy (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Roy Harper)
An image for Starfire (DC)(03 - Koriand'r) exists Starfire (DC)(03 - Koriand'r)
An image for Troia exists Troia

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New Titans

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Originally published in The New Titans (1988) #60.

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A Lonely Place of Dying

Writer(s):
Marv Wolfman

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
An image for Jack Drake exists Jack Drake
An image for Janet Lynn Drake exists Janet Lynn Drake
An image for Timothy 'Tim' Drake exists Timothy 'Tim' Drake
An image for James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis) exists James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for John Frederick Grayson (DC) exists John Frederick Grayson (DC)
An image for Mary Elizabeth Loyd Grayson exists Mary Elizabeth Loyd Grayson
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
An image for Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson) exists Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson)
An image for Penguin (DC) exists Penguin (DC)
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Robin (01 - Dick Grayson, E-1 & Post-Crisis) exists Robin (01 - Dick Grayson, E-1 & Post-Crisis)
An image for Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent) exists Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent)

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Synopsis:
Batman and Two-Face tracked each other, both trying to lure the other out. Dick took Tim Drake (the kid photographer) to Wayne Manor. There, he told Dick and Alfred his story: he'd been there when Dick's parents died; he'd had his picture taken with the Flying Graysons that night; he'd seen Batman swoop down to console the surviving Grayson; he'd later seen footage of Batman and Robin; he realized that Dick was Robin and figured out the rest. Batman saved a set of twins that the former Harvey Dent had kidnapped. Dick took Tim into the cave and left him with Alfred. He went out to find Batman as Nightwing, refusing to be Robin.

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Originally published in Batman (1940) #441.

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A Lonely Place of Dying

Writer(s):
George Pérez
Marv Wolfman

Penciller(s):
Tom Grummett
George Pérez

Inker(s):
Bob McLeod

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Michael 'Mike' Carlin
Jonathan Peterson

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
An image for Cyborg (DC) exists Cyborg (DC)
An image for Timothy 'Tim' Drake exists Timothy 'Tim' Drake
An image for James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis) exists James Worthington Gordon (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Jericho exists Jericho
An image for Terrance  Long exists Terrance Long
An image for Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson) exists Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson)
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Raven (DC) (04 - Rachel Roth) exists Raven (DC) (04 - Rachel Roth)
Sarah Simms
Speedy (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Roy Harper)
An image for Starfire (DC)(03 - Koriand'r) exists Starfire (DC)(03 - Koriand'r)
An image for Troia exists Troia
An image for Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent) exists Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent)

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New Titans

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Originally published in The New Titans (1988) #61.

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A Lonely Place of Dying

Writer(s):
George Pérez
Marv Wolfman

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

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An image for Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis) exists Batman (DC)(03 - Post-Crisis)
An image for Timothy 'Tim' Drake exists Timothy 'Tim' Drake
An image for Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack') exists Joker (DC)(Post-Crisis)(01 - 'Jack')
An image for Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson) exists Nightwing (DC)(Post Crisis)(01 - Dick Grayson)
An image for Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis) exists Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth (DC)(Post Crisis)
An image for Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(03 - Tim Drake) exists Robin (DC)(Post Crisis)(03 - Tim Drake)
An image for Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent) exists Two-Face (DC)(01 - Harvey Dent)

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Synopsis:
Tim grabbed Dick's old costume and insisted that he and Alfred go after Batman and Nightwing. They arrived in time to see Two-Face blow up the building a second time. Robin attacked Dent. He and Alfred saved Batman and Nightwing. Tim confronted Batman with his knowledge and that he'd stuck a tracking device on Dent. The three tracked him down and took him in. Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce agreed he needed a partner and decided to give Tim a shot.

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Originally published in Batman (1940) #442.

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