Death of the Family Reading Order

Introduction

Death of the Family is a Bat-family crossover arc which deals with the reappaearance of The Joker in Gotham City and his quest to get revenge on all of the members individually and then finally as a whole or rather the ‘family’. It is a play on words to the 1988 storyline ‘Death of the Family’ where Jason Todd was famously killed by the Joker although the story is nothing alike. The main plot belongs to Batman with the other characters having tie-ins.

Death of the Family Arc

Death of the Family was the second Bat family crossover storyline in the New 52! in the Bat-Family series of books and concern the BatmanBatgirl, Batman & Robin, Suicide Squad, Catwoman, Detective Comics, Nightwing, Teen Titans and Red Hood and the Outlaws spanning 23 issues in total. Originally starting in October 2012 and ending in February 2013. If you’re just getting into comic books or missed the original run then this page will help you find which reading order may be best for your convenience and budget. There’s more than one way to read Death of the Family and we’ve got a few options for you.

Full Death of the Family Reading Order

The full, chronological reading order for Death of the Family is as follows:

  • Batman #13
  • Batgirl #13
  • Catwoman #13
  • Batman #14
  • Batgirl #14
  • Catwoman #14
  • Suicide Squad #14
  • Batman #15
  • Detective Comics #15
  • Batgirl #15
  • Suicide Squad #15
  • Batman and Robin #15
  • Nightwing #15
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #15
  • Teen Titans #15
  • Batman #16
  • Detective Comics #16
  • Batgirl #16
  • Batman and Robin #16
  • Nightwing #16
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #16
  • Teen Titans #16
  • Batman #17

To get complete them you can get all the issues separately which may be annoying and costly or you can get the collected editions to make it so much easier and convenient while saving money. However, what that means is to read it on the order above you’ll have to stop, start and swap over the books to do it.

Out of 23 issues Batman has 5, Batgirl has 4, Catwoman has 2, Suicide Squad has 2, Detective Comics has 2, Batman and Robin has 2, Nightwing has 2, Red Hood and the Outlaws has 2 and Teen Titans also has 2.

An issue may cost you around $2 each if you can find them so you’re looking at spending at least $40.

Joker: Death of the Family

First of all, the most convenient way to get Death of the Family is to buy the Joker: Death of the Family collected edition which has: Catwoman #13-14, Batgirl #13-16, Suicide Squad #14-15, Batman and Robin #15-16, Nightwing #15-16, Detective Comics #15-16, Red Hood and the Outlaws #15-16, and Teen Titans #15-16. Please not that this is missing the Batman issues so you’ll need those either individually are as part of the collected edition mentioned below.This isn’t a strict reading order as each character/team has their own section but it is the easiest, most convenient and cheapest way to do it.

You can probably get these in the region of $20-$25.

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Collected Editions

Second, is to pick up some Death of the Family specific collected editions which are listed below. This is the longest route and most expensive choice as some of these collected editions have only 2 issues out of the whole book which are about the DOTF storyline. If you’re not really into the characters otherwise it’s a complete waste. They will cost you roughly $10 each so not cheap at all.

Batman: Death of the Family

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  • Scott Snyder
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Batgirl: Death of the Family

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Nightwing: Death of the Family

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Red Hood and the Outlaws: Death of the Family

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Catwoman: Death of the Family

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  • Ann Nocenti
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Detective Comics: Emperor Penguin

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  • John Layman
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Suicide Squad: Death is for Suckers

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  • Adam Glass
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Teen Titans: Death of the Family

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  • Edition no. 52 (12/24/2013)

Batman & Robin: Death of the Family

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It’s a great storyline and how you want to experience it is completely up to you!

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Death of the Family Reading Order
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A handy guide on the reading order of the New 52 crossover arc Death of the Family. Issue by issue, the Joker: Death of the Family collected edition or individual collections. The choice is yours.
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