Batman #15

Event\Storyline: Death of the Family Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 12, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 38 User Reviews: 36
8.9Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

“DEATH OF THE FAMILY” continues here!
The Joker’s attacks have taken their toll on Batman and his allies, and now they have to face the impossible. The final madness of The Joker’s plan revealed here! Why is he more dangerous now than ever before? Plus: In the backup feature, witness The Joker’s confrontation with the Riddler as the horror of The Joker’s plan is revealed.

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Feb 26, 2013

    Another brilliant issue, in what's shaping up to be DC's best story in the New 52 so far. I would highly recommend this issue, and am looking forward to seeing what Joker has in store for Batman and the Bat-Family next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Dec 12, 2012

    The issue gets a 5, for all of the reasons I mentioned. If I could give it 11 stars, I would, but 5 is as high as I can go on this site. There is nothing wrong. There is nothing that I, personally, would change. Making suggestions would be akin to telling Michelangelo to go back and fix a section of the Sistine Chapel. You don't mess with perfection, because that's how you get nipples on the bat-suit. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Dec 13, 2012

    Walk through the door (and while you're there, frame Capullo's haunting, magnificent opening page). I promise that nothing will be the same when you come out the other side. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Dec 14, 2012

    It's as creepy as can be"until Capullo delivers something better next month, which I'm sure he will. Reapplying his face is terrifyingly realistic and gruesome. But this opening page is enough for me to survive a full artistic month"yet I want more!!! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 11, 2012

    It's hard to believe that a story stacking the odds against Batman can be so captivating. That's what Snyder does best, he sets up stories with Batman taking a beating, to remind us that he is a non-powered human. Everyone jokes how Batman should always win but Snyder shows it's not an easy task. We get to see some insight into how Batman's mind works. I can't recall seeing this sort of depth into how he thinks or reflects on a simple matter. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - J. Skyler Dec 15, 2012

    The back-up feature, "Red Light, Green Light" introduces the Riddler into this ongoing epic. In a rare feat, the Joker acknowledges the Riddler as his superior, the only one able to challege Batman intellectually; the only one capable of keeping his beloved King in constant state of self-improvement. What hand will Riddler deal in "Death of the Family?" Read Full Review

  • 10 - Ben Silverio Dec 15, 2012

    I can't even begin to imagine where things are going from here. I'm so thrilled to pick this book up every month because it's full of surprises thanks to Snyder and Capullo. Like I said before, I sense that this whole story will be one of the greatest Joker stories ever told. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Dec 15, 2012

    The backup story, which features a meeting between The Joker and The Riddler, really doesn't contribute much to the main story, but it does establish that even The Riddler thinks The Joker is certifiably insane. Which is saying a lot, coming from The Riddler. In the previous DC continuity, The Riddler was well on his way to becoming an actual ally to Batman, much the way Catwoman has turned over a new leaf in recent years. It remains to be seen if that carries on in The New 52, but one gets the sense that that could happen from this backup story. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part. Regardless, this issue is, quite possibly, the strongest yet of Snyder and Capullo's entire run. It easily earns a 10/10 from me. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Dec 13, 2012

    Great art, great story, amazing twists! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Robert Bernstein Dec 12, 2012

    After the story, Batman tracks down one of the guards at Arkham Asylum who gives Batman more details about The Joker's big plan. Batman #15 ends with Batman standing at the entrance to Arkham Asylum. But, more excitement follows at the end of the issue. There is a seven page conversation between The Joker and The Riddler in which Joker enlists Riddler's help with his master plan. While we haven't seen a Riddler iteration yet in the darker Batman comics, I have a feeling that Snyder's Riddler will fill that void. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Entertainment Fuse - Eric "djotaku" Mesa Dec 18, 2012

    You really need to be reading this book! If you missed the last issue and can't find a physical copy, make sure you buy one digitally on ComiXology. (It'll be a dollar cheaper anyway since you waited a month). Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 17, 2012

    Instead of the dangerous riddles we are accustomed to; it is his intelligence that Tynion brings to the forefront. Not being rattled, in the slightest by The Joker's antics while locked up in Arkham Asylum paints the green menace in treacherous light and he will no doubt; bring The Dark Knight some serious problems in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Dec 17, 2012

    Not being rattled, in the slightest by The Jokers antics while locked up in Arkham Asylum paints the green menace in treacherous light and he will no doubt; bring The Dark Knight some serious problems in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 13, 2012

    Kudos to writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo for continuing to maintain the high standards on this title - one of (if not the) best of the "New 52." Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Dec 14, 2012

    This was a great issue. I mean, to say Scott Snyder has been crushing it is an understatement. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Joey Esposito Dec 12, 2012

    The back-up story features some nice interaction between Joker and Riddler, and though we don't get to learn much about the Joker's plan " but we do learn that even the Riddler thinks it's insane. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Dec 13, 2012

    While this issue isnt without fault, it certainly deserves every bit of praise that his been coming its way. The Jokers return couldnt be anymore terrifying and, with the Bat-family on the verge of falling apart, The Death of the Family is certainly shaping up to be one for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Dec 12, 2012

    It's becoming a familiar refrain with this new Joker, but no one does him better than Capullo. Batman briefly battles Joker at the beginning of this issue, and the combat brings out even more hideous expressions for Capullo to draw. There's one punch that peels part of the face off, and Joker twists it into a stomach-turning frown. It's truly terrifying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 14, 2012

    Batman #15 was another excellent entry in the Death of the Family. The methodical approach that Scott Snyder applies to this issue feeds into all of the chaos that the Joker is causing Batman and Gotham City. The Joker has broken Batman and Batman doesnt even know it. The big discussion between the members of the Batman Family helped to make Death of the Family have a larger than life feel while adding interest to all the tie-in comics. With the issue ending with Batman marching into Arkham Asylum what happens next is anyones guess and that is exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Dec 14, 2012

    Is it really any surprise that Batman continues to be impressive? This series has gone from strength to strength and shows absolutely no sign of stopping any time soon, which is fantastic news for us as readers. Whilst this issue can be a bit bogged down by the exposition heavy scene in the middle, it serves a purpose which allows us to forgive it, and the cliffhanger is hair-pullingly frustrating. Cap it all off with another brilliant back-up story, and we get once again another almost perfect issue of Batman. What more can you ask for? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Dec 12, 2012

    This month, Bruce reveals a shocking secret about his history with the Joker than sends Nightwing, Red Robin, Batgirl, Red Hood, and Robin into a hissy fit. The actual information isn't so important as the fact that Bruce kept a major secret from his allies. Bruce attempts to convince the others that Joker doesn't actually know anyone's identity and that it's all just a twisted mind game. The revelations from the past make Bruce's words somewhat hollow in the eyes of the others, and they start to question Bruce's ability to keep a clear head in the midst of this chaos. It very much feels like a turning point for Batman and his allies, that they might never fully trust each other ever again, that this is how the family falls apart. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Max M. Dec 12, 2012

    The ending! That ending! While it didn't have the shock value reveal or insane splash page, it set up so much more. I literally have no idea what could be waiting for Batman in issue 16. One thing is for sure though, it's going to be a LONG month waiting til the 2nd week of January to find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Dec 19, 2012

    Overall, this was another great issue of Batman. In about 15 issues I think there have only been about two that have been not as good as the rest. This is a great series, and this is a really great event. The Joker is more terrifying than every before, and he is only getting worse. A must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 12, 2012

    "Death Of The Family" is one of the greatest Joker stories ever told. It belongs up there with The Killing Joke, Arkham Asylum, The Man Who Laughs, The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge or Death In The Family. An absolute classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Dec 16, 2012

    There's a little bit of stumbling over the course of Batman #15, but when this comic is on, it's on in a big way. The Death of the Family storyline already feels like an instant-classic, and this issue is an excellent addition to the arc with Scott Snyder and company putting some of their best feet forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone Dec 13, 2012

    Despite mysuspicions about, well, everything at this point,Batman#15 is still great. Snyder, Capullo, and Co. are delivering the most definitive comic book take on the Joker since The Killing Joke. If you're not readingBatman, then, #1) you need to fix that, and #2) why not? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Dec 13, 2012

    Snyder, Capullo and Jonathan Glapion get it done in this issue, and to a standard we've come to expect. Things have reached about the highest peak they can and with the set up for whats to come I think all eyes will be on Batman #16. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Dec 14, 2012

    An outstanding and scary Joker story with fabulous art that is sandwiched around adysfunctionalfamily bickering about secrets. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Dec 14, 2012

    Considering this is one of the most (if not THE most) acclaimed books at DC and one of the year's biggest stories, it's safe to say this book is worth checking out. While it does suffer from a mid-story exposition dump, it serves its purpose by paving the way for the final showdown between Batman and Joker that everyone clamors for. Plus, the art from Capullo and Jock alone makes this issue worth your $3.99. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 13, 2012

    Another great issue that's sure to be one of the main highlights of December, it just doesn't reach the heights of the issues that came before it. There are moments that feel very tedious to those of us who have been reading all of the tie-ins in addition to Snyder'sBatmanand there's one moment that made me wonder if Batman had learned anything at all from his encounter with the Court of Owls. The opening and closing pages are very haunting, the fight on the bridge was cool, the artwork is as rich as ever, and it features one of the best back-up stories so far. Issue #15 is a necessary breather before things get really crazy and judging by the way this issue ends, issue #16 is definitely going to be someth Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 15, 2012

    Though how the hell is anyone supposed to tell any future Joker stories after this one? They will all pale in comparison. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 11, 2012

    As the Joker tells the Riddler in the backup story in "Batman" #15, "You're going to want to come along for the ride. This is going to be something to remember!" Indeed "Batman" #15 is just that -- an unpredictably bizarre tangle of ideas wilder than a roller coaster from the deranged mind of the Clown Prince of Crime as he sets out to make an appeal to "his king." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Dec 12, 2012

    Scott Snyder is a master story teller and I know that he will lead us to places we never thought he would go. It is just a matter of time we get there and the payoff will be big. Like most of Snyder & Capullos work this is another must buy! Trust me if you are loving this story arc youre going to want your hands all over this book Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 16, 2012

    Batman is the complete read each and every month. The backup just helps to fill in some of the back-story of this arc and it is exceptionally done as it captures the interaction between the Riddler and the Joker exactly how I would imagine it to be under the circumstances. Slip up with the gloves aside, this comic book is a fantastic read. The last page, the last line is particularly exceptional and it may be the most memorable line written by Snyder throughout his fantastic run on Batman. A great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Dec 18, 2012

    The plot continues to thicken as the threat of the Joker's re-emergence becomes even greater than Batman and his family ever thought was possible. Definitely looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Dec 12, 2012

    The I never like saying I took issue with some specific parts in an issue of this series, but whatever... nothing is perfect. All things considered though, this book is still awesome. This was a calm before the storm issue that gave hints as to what "Death of the Family" really means, and what could possibly be coming up later with the Riddler. As always, Capullo and Jock were both on their game as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 11, 2012

    In a lot of ways, I think this issue is an example of breaking a few eggs to make an omelet " Snyder has talked about Batman's extended family for awhile now, but outside of Nightwing hasn't really given them much screen time. Not only that, but I have the feeling that the new mysteries about Batman's early days fighting the Joker may spin out into something interesting moving forward. Yet the long game is not always as satisfying as the here-and-now, and the slow second half of this book kills the momentum and keeps Greg Capullo from doing what he does best: knock-down, drag-out action. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 16, 2012

    Don't get me wrong, I think Arkham Asylum is a hell of a video game – but it's story, design, and logic kinda sucks. I certainly didn't need a comic, yet alone the entire Batman Family across all of the DCU, redesigned in it's image. The comic isn't a total waste as it does deliver an okay back-up story between the Joker and the Riddler, but that's hardly enough from me to recommend spending $4 for this one. Pass. Read Full Review

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