Nov. 3, 2017

A character’s life in the hands of public opinion!

Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin and Marv Wolfman

POSSIBLE SPOILERS!

When Dick Grayson moved on to become Nightwing, it left the role of Robin wide open. When Batman discovers a young boy boosting the tires off the Batmobile, he is amazed at the kid’s moxie and natural ability. Adopting Jason Todd, Bruce Wayne now has a new Robin as his sidekick.

But Jason Todd is not Dick Grayson. Jason has his own ideas and is not content to simply follow orders. The partnership is often a bit messy as Batman and Robin continue to have words.

Jason is chasing his real mother and ignores all of Batman’s orders. Finally tracking his mother down, he discovers that she doesn’t have clean hands and is in fact currently in a deal with the Joker.

The Joker now captures Jason. He beats the lad within an inch of his life with a crowbar and then sets an explosive to kill both Robin and his mother.

But for the first time in comic history, there were two endings offered to the public. In one scenario, Jason Todd would survive both the beating and the explosion. It would take a long time to heal, but he would live. In the second scenario, Jason Todd would die before Batman could save him.

And in September of 1988, the ending was put to the readers. For thirty-six hours starting September 15, the public would cast their votes. Jason Todd was the first comic character to be voted to death!

This is the full story of that saga, along with a continued story leading to the next Robin, Tim Drake. And the art is beautiful, the story a real tear-jerker, and the lead into the next Robin very well done!

I give this book five stars plus!

Quoth the Raven…

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