So, the above is a big reason why I liked the Joker: Death in the Family volume. Reading the story separately is not always easy, plus they often repeat certain scenes in each different comic. One example is the dinner scene (if you have read it, you will know what I mean). Here, you get to it at the right moment in the story sequence. I enjoyed the compilation because I was able to read it all in one place. This is certainly the best way to read this series as it allows readers to better appreciate the depth of the story. For me, this is a big example of why I wait for compilations.
The hardcover edition is a nice, good quality volume. It is definitely the volume that public libraries need to buy. If your library has not bought volumes of the Death of the Family series, and you have Batman fans, then you need to get this one. If you have already bought the other trades, and you have the complete set, then this may be optional (there is no new material here if you got the others already).
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really liked it, but the series overall does have some ups and downs.Still, this is a volume I would consider adding to my personal collection. For this time though, I borrowed it from my local public library.
To get additional perspective, here are links to my review to individual volumes of the series I read:
- Nightwing, Volume 3.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws, Volume 3.
- Batman and Robin, Volume 3.
- Teen Titans, Volume 3.
- Batman, Volume 3. This is where it all starts. The other volumes are basically the same events, but from other points of view, and then some additions to follow those other characters. The advantage then of the Joker: Death in the Family volume is that you get it all in one place.