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posted Aug 5, 2011, 9:34 PM by Vu Sleeper
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BATMAN: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY TPB (Sep 2011)
Saga of second, third Robins explored in “Batman: A Death in the Family” hardcover*
Posted by nerdblog  on August 5, 2011M at 11:05 pm

Two popular Batman storylines are set to be reprinted in the “Batman: A Death in the Family” hardcover, to be released in September.

In “Batman” 426-429, the original ”Death in the Family” storyline sees the second Robin, Jason Todd, going to Ethiopia in search of his birth mother.  He’s captured by the Joker, beaten and left in an exploding warehouse.   Fans were given the option to dial one of two 1-900 numbers: One number was to vote for Robin to live; the other was to vote for him to die.  Written by Jim Starlin and drawn by Jim Aparo, the story was a huge hit, though it comes off as somewhat dated today.

Following the events of “Death in the Family,” DC Comics determined that Batman needed a new partner.   With Marv Wolfman and George Perez co-plotting, “A Lonely Place of Dying” introduced Tim Drake, a young man who had deduced Bruce Wayne’s identity and determined that he needed a Robin to aid him.  The story, which also re-explored Dick Grayson’s origins, was originally printed in Batman #440-442 and The New Titans 60-61, and was named best story 1989 Comics Buyers Guide fan awards.

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* Note: Coming out in September 2011 is a trade paperback, not hardcover. Hardcover was published in 2009: DC COMICS CLASSIC LIBRARY: BATMAN - A DEATH IN THE FAMILY (Sep 2009)

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