[Via College Humor]
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[Via College Humor]
As some of you may know from my post, For the Love of Geek, my uncle passed away last year. We were very close and he’s one of the major reasons I love comics, anime and SF/F today. He was the first major death I’ve experienced. When I read Batman #18 by Scott Snyder a few weeks ago, it hit me hard. Very hard. If you’re not familiar with what’s going on in that series, Damian Wayne aka Robin, Bruce’s son was killed. In issue 18, Batman struggles to deal with the death of Robin. He acts recklessly and overworks himself and does everything in his power to not have to deal with the death of his son.
It takes skill to authentically replicate the mourning process in any work of fiction. Everyone mourns differently. Not only did I feel Batman’s pain, I could relate. I know what it’s like to keep yourself busy so you don’t have to think about the loved-one you lost. Or occupy your mind with work, TV, reading, games and pretty much anything that will keep you from being sad. You try to fill that hole with these things, but you know it’s never going to work. I knew what I was doing. I knew that I would keep myself busy on purpose so I didn’t have to think about it.
This issue of Batman was the push I needed. No more distractions, this is something I need to face. I saw myself in Batman, and that’s what helped me realize that this wasn’t the way to deal with death.
I know this is really personal, but I write this in the hopes that it helps others in the way it has helped me. If Batman could do it, so can I.
There will be spoilers.
‘Death in the Family’ Conclusion- The Punchline
Story: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo
As a reader, you know deep down that Alfred can’t die. But then again, it’s comics and I’m sure that at least one version of Peter Parker would disagree. So you worry, and worry and worry (or at least I did) until the day has finally come. The conclusion of Death of the Family is in your hands. You have all this excitement and anxiousness built up and you delicately open the first page, not even realizing that you’re holding your breath.
You slowly enter Gotham. Each panel takes you one more step into the city until you’re entirely consumed and everything around you disappears. As you begin reading each speech bubble, you simultaneously try to remember what happened in the last issue. It’s as if your eyes are adjusting to a bright light, slowly you begin to focus and remember. Once everything is clear, and a few panels in, you start to fight with yourself about your pacing. Do you take your time, read slowly and carefully? Or do you rush through, eager to find out what happens? In the end, you settle for a blend of both.
Then the moment of truth approaches. The Joker’s hand is on the dish, and your hand is already turning the page. You flip the page to see… Alfred is alive, a little crazy, but alive. You laugh to yourself when you realize you and Batman are like a married couple finishing each others sentences such as, “Alfred… Alfred, thank God.”.
A rush of emotions overcomes you. Joy. Relief… and something else you’re not completely comfortable admitting. You’re relieved… but is it just relief you’re feeling? Or is there something else hidden? Is that… disappointment? Not because Pennyworth isn’t dead (I’m not that sick), but because the rollercoaster ride is over. Death of the Family was all the best parts of a rollercoaster, the big dip, the loops and fast turns. It was a lot of fun, but you were always kind of scared at the same time. And once you see Alfred’s manic grin, you hear the mechanical clicks of the track slow down your cart. The yelling stops, the arms go down and you’re left feeling like a cocktail of happy and sad emotions. You slowly catch your breath as you turn each page and realize more and more that the big threat is over… and you don’t quite know what to do with yourself.
As you read on, you feel like the Joker is talking to you. You experience a strange epiphany when you realize you love The Joker more than you love the Bat-family. You quickly tuck that thought away because you should probably feel bad about it, but you don’t.
The story arc is over, and instead of worrying about Alfred, you now have to worry about Bruce.
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This is a combination of the the Batman: Death Comes to Gotham panel and a bit of the DC New 52 panel, focusing on Batman the highly anticipated Joker story arc that affects all the Bat-family.
Scott Snyder gave the New York Comic Con audience a peak inside the twisted mind of the Joker and a glimpse into this dark arc. In short, Joker is the jester and Batman is the king. The Joker went away for a year and he’s upset with Batman because he thinks he has been weakened by his new Bat-family (Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, etc.) They have made him lazy and fat and he’s back in Gotham to make things right again.
The Joker serves Batman to make him stronger. In order to make Batman stronger, he plans to kick his ass, turn his world upside down and kill his family… but it’s all out of love. Joker believes Batman will be a better king if he survives what’s coming his way.
The point of a jester is to bring the worst news to the king and make him laugh about it. It just so happens that the Joker is not only the bearer of bad news, but also the reason for it. The villains serve Batman, not his Bat-family. The Joker wants to show Batman that the villains are the ones that truly love him. To prove this to Batman, Joker plans to kill his family.
The Joker attacks members of the Bat-family by targeting their greatest weaknesses. He’s been watching them all and he knows what they are most afraid of. He’s going to take their deepest fears and make them very real for everyone. Each attack is personalized. Despite the connected arc, each book in the Bat-family stands on its own. Both Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo warned the audience that this storyline isn’t for the faint of heart, and if you’ve read Batman issue 13, you’re already well aware of that.