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From the DC Vault - Death in the Family: Robin Lives! #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

In 1988, DC fans made a seminal choice in the history of DC publishing—voting to kill off Jason Todd’s Robin in the Death in the Family storyline.

Now, for the first time, we want to find out what would have happened if fans had voted to let him live.

And it begins—with the murder of The Joker!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Looking back can be tricky, but From The DC Vault: Death in the Family – Robin Lives #1 does a fantastic job of taking an infamous story and providing it new life. By asking new questions and without leaning too much into nostalgia, the issue presents a compelling story that both scratches the “what if” itch and gives readers something entirely new they’ll want to continue reading for issues to come.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The endgame of Jason potentially becoming an assassin (if that’s what’s happening) seems to indicate that something like Red Hood was always inevitable. I’m not sure if I agree with that, but this is one of the best portrayals of Jason I’ve seen in a while, and a brilliantly realized depiction of the Batman and Bat-family of the era.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    From the DC Vault: Death in the Family – Robin Lives #1 is a strong start to the story with the opportunity to explore what could have been for both Batman and Jason Todd. It will be interesting to see if characters that would later play pivotal roles in shaping the Batman mythos to what is known today will also be explored as part of this story.

    J. M. DeMatteis captures the vibe and voice of the original story while the art takes a looser, less clean-lined approach which at times can be distracting and take one out of the story.

  • 85


    This is a great start to this miniseries, showing us an alternate timeline where Jason surviving the Joker may not ultimately lead to a happy ending for anyone involved.

  • 85


    Wow. I am very surprised. I thought this was going to feel like a soulless cash grab. What I got was a well-thought-out story that not only helps us feel empathy for our heroes but critiques them as well. We have been getting far too many “Batman is flawless” stories as of late, so this took me by surprise. I am very intrigued to see if this level of quality can be sustained.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    The debut of Death in the Family: Robin Lives! more than justifies the series existence as a what if scenario for Jason Todd. J.M. DeMatteis writes a brilliant character exploration for Jason, Bruce and even Joker showcasing where their stories could have gone if things had ended very differently.

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