Batman: A Death in the Family
At this point I don’t think it’s any real spoiler to talk about what happens in this comic. Even before I had ever read a single comic book, I knew about this event. Even if I hadn’t, the cover picture and back cover summary sum it up pretty clearly:
Jason Todd, alias Robin, dies.
What’s more, he dies at the hands of the Joker, because what other villain is formidable enough to be responsible for the death of such a main character?
The story arc collected in this trade centers around Jason’s increasing anger and violence while fighting crime as Robin, events troubling enough that Batman effectively benches him for the time being.
At the same time, Jason learns that the mother he knew was not his real mother, and he goes off on a worldwide search to find the woman who birthed him. While all of this is happening…
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