DC spent the past
several months using lines like "who dies?" to advertise and market
Death of the Family, and even though no one is saying that every
story arc needs to end in casualties or with cataclysmic game
changers, when lines like that are used to sell a book, one expects
characters to actually die. This is my way of saying, "I don't blame
Scott Snyder -entirely- for the way this went down."
Had it been left alone, without all the over-exposition, tie-ins,
and noise, the story could have actually been fulfilling; however, I
can't help but feel cheated when the answer to the question
formulated above is "absolutely no one." It turns out that the joke
is on the reader, because no one died, and the elaborated subplot
with the covered platters that ran through all the bat-titles, was a
red herring that ended in nothing. Even the alleged disintegration
of the family is no more than a temporary awkwardness that will soon
go away. This arc's downfall was the hype machine that overrated it.
Beautiful artwork, though; can't compliment it enough.