Batman 15 review

Batman 15

In the last issue of Batman, the joker suggested that he knows the names of everyone in the Batman family. He promised that he was going after them all, as well as everyone they care about. This issue picks up from there, and it might be the best issue of “Death of the Family” yet.

This issue kicks off with Batman’s first direct encounter with the Joker of the crossover. There’s a quick yet epic action scene between the cops and the Joker’s men. The next scene is the real heart of the issue though. The Bat family have a meeting about the situation. Even as his sidekicks and allies argue otherwise, Batman continually denies that the Joker could possibly know who they are. It’s this consistent denial that could cost Batman something in the near future, and it increases the tension and drama significantly. The Batman family meeting is where this issue truly shines.

Despite his denial, his detective skills are on full display for the last section of the book. Batman’s investigation is simultaneously the most entertaining and the most forgettable part of the issue. It’s a good bit of build-up, and it’s always fun seeing Batman’s investigation techniques, but it’s the earlier scenes that stick with you. The Backup story about the Joker and the Riddler is good too, but the main story is better.

The art is great. There’s a dark atmospheric effect in nearly every panel – especially with the flashbacks though. When Batman is narrating with his internal thoughts, the art takes over with visual storytelling that further enhances the plot progression.

You should be reading this if you’re a fan of either Batman or the Joker, even if you’ve never read a comic before. It’s dark, it delves deep into the relationship between Batman and the Joker, and it’s fun. Death of the Family is the joker at his finest.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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4 Responses to Batman 15 review

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  2. nightwing17 says:

    You’re certainly right that the detective work was forgettable, until now I nearly overlooked it completely when trying to remember the issue. I’m not sure I’d say it’s the most entertaining part but it was rather nice, just up against some tough competition.

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    • healed1337 says:

      It shows how good this series really is when entertaining scenes can still be forgotten when compared to previous scenes.

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      • nightwing17 says:

        Yeah. Plus it’s not even fair to have to vie for attention against the Joker and a cave full of Robins.

        Even if he can’t end a story without at least miffing me, Snyder’s one of the best Batman writers I’ve seen in a long time.

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