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Joker's Grisliest Murder Divided Batman Fans – But A New Story Might Change Everything

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In preview pages for “From the DC Vault: Death in the Family: Robin Lives!” #1, readers see Jason Todd in action as Robin against Scarecrow before the hero is brutally beaten by the Joker — which remains one of the worst things the villain has ever done. However, instead of dying and later being resurrected in a Lazarus Pit by the League of Assassins, Todd is seen in the hospital, waking up terrified by the encounter. He harbors significant trauma from his near-death experience, which will drive him to take on the Joker in the miniseries.

J.M DeMatteis said the comic will explore the psyche of the heroes and that he’s excited to tell the alternate story: “Continuing this classic, and controversial, story and following in the footsteps of Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo, two creators I greatly admire, has been both a challenge and a joy,” he stated in a press release. “This is a great opportunity to tell a story that’s big on action but also takes a very deep dive into the heads of our main characters as we ponder what would have happened if Jason Todd had survived The Joker’s brutal attack. And having a master like Rick Leonardi bringing it to life visually? I couldn’t ask for anything more.”