WARNING. MAJOR, LEGITIMATE SPOILERS TO FOLLOW. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ISSUE #17, STOP READING NOW.
Now, with that out of the way, let's get to jawin'. Was I the only one incredibly underwhelmed by the story's conclusion? I mean, the build-up was more intense than the climax, and that's never a good sign. All of that waiting just to have the Joker do essentially nothing to the Family. I mean yes, at the end of the issue everyone blows off a summons from Bruce, but is that really the grand effect that Joker wanted? If so, shouldn't this have just been called "The Family Takes a Break"? Maybe "Family Vacation"? No one dies, not Alfred, not Damian, not Jason Todd and we get cheated out of the Joker's death by the tiredest trope in superhero fiction: the villain tumbles over a cliff into a fall that he cannot possibly survive, yet no body is found. Then there's some "character development" between Bruce and Joker, but its ultimately something we've always known: the Joker doesn't care who's under the cowl. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, and if it does, you haven't been paying enough attention, because it's practically a hallmark of the clown's character.
How boring. Just for reference, the same thing was done at the end of the first Dark Knight trade with Bane (as far as fake deaths go), and we all know how that arc fared...
To top it all off, the last panel has Bruce analyzing the leftovers in the Family's bloodstream from Joker's toxin, and he finds out that the element that remains has "Ha" as its symbol on the periodic table. What a f%#@ing masterstroke, Joker. You made Batman remember his tenth grade chemistry class.
Ugh. Anyway. What are your thoughts on the "epic conclusion"?
- I agree for the most part.
- I'll just paste this here instead of reiterating myself.
The biggest problem is that there was no real death of the family, nothing really major happened to drive them apart. There was one scene in the cave where the family says Bruce should have told them, then at the end of the arc they all make up excuses to blow him off. Nothing major, and they will team up again as necessary. I bet any money in this Riddler story they will still trust Bruce's decisions.
DofF should have been about manipulating characters, making them doubt each other and so at the end, they really have nothing to do with each other. As it is at the moment, it's forgettable because nothing major happened between the family.
The scene in the cave and the ending of 17 could have been in one issue, minus all the superhero joker stuff with the same result.
- Additionally, it's another trivial story with the Joker who, as far as i'm concerned, should have been dead a long time ago.
- However, we simply get some ridiculous explanation from Bruce as to why he doesn't kill the joker.
- Gee, Bruce is scared of Gotham bringing something out that's worse than the joker? Boo hoo Bruce, do you need alfred to tuck you in at night as well, or should that role be given only to the joker who is your apparent "butt buddy" and accomplice?
- Oh , and the joker just gets away again does he? Or he "seemingly falls to his death"? Yes, because that isn't highly cliche.
- As far as i'm concerned, DOTF was one of the most trivial , irrelevant and cliche stories i have ever read in Comics. Fortunately for snyder, it's a significant ways away from taking that title for me.
- However, i will definitely not be picking up Snyder's drivel in trade.