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"A Death in the Family (Part IV of IV)": Ralph Bundy explains the situation to Batman. As Joker has become the new ambassador for Iran to the U.N., he now has diplomatic immunity and n

Quote1 That's the way things always end with the Joker and me. Unresolved. Quote2
-- Batman

Appearing in "A Death in the Family (Part IV of IV)"

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Synopsis for "A Death in the Family (Part IV of IV)"

Ralph Bundy explains the situation to Batman. As Joker has become the new ambassador for Iran to the U.N., he now has diplomatic immunity and no one is allowed to touch him, and to make sure that Batman doesn't create an international event, the U.S. Government has called in Superman to make sure that Batman is under control. Batman doesn't like the situation and leaves the place, hoping that his actions don't put him against Superman.

At his hotel, Burce thinks about the situation and contemplates the few options he has left. Batman thinks about letting the Joker be free for once, but then he remembers that he killed Jason, and decides to investigate what is Joker's real plan.

At his hotel room, Joker prepares himself for his speech the next day and he mentions something about large dead crowds. Batman surprises Joker from behind and tells him to give up his plan and return to Arkham Asylum. Joker tells him that he won't and starts teasing Batman, confessing that he killed Robin and he enjoyed it; which confirms all of Batman's suspicions. Before leaving, Batman thanks Joker for comfirming the information on Robin's death and for making his decision much easier. As Batman leaves, Joker pulls a gun and tries to shoot Batman, but he was already gone and Joker is left alone, excited about his plan for the next day.

As it is planned, people start to arrive at the United Nations Building and among the crowd is Bruce Wayne. Joker makes his way in the room and for a moment, he stops and stares at Bruce, long enough for Wayne to wonder if the clown has recognized him beyond the mask. However, seconds later, Joker continues to the dais, laughing all his way up. Jokers starts speaking in the name of Iran and after a vehement speech, he reveals his true motives and sprays the room with his laughing gas and Bruce quickly changes into Batman, before one of the guards destroys Joker's gun and stops the gas from spreading. However, Joker tells the guard that the gas is already in the air and it's too late to stop it. The guard then starts inhaling all the gas from the room and it is revealed that the guard is in fact Superman in disguise. The Man of Steel tells Batman to finish Joker while he finds an empty space to release all that toxic gas. Joker detonates a bomb to open a hole in a wall and tries to escape but Batman follows him outside, where a helicopter is ready to take Joker away, but Batman manages to jump and reaches the chopper before it lifts completely. Baman clims inside the cabin of the helicopter and tries to grab the Joker, but his henchmen start shooting at them before realizing that one of the bullets killed the pilot. Joker and Batman are wounded as well and before the helicopter crashes into the river, Batman jumps and dives in the water and moments later, Superman gets him out of the water and Batman tells him to find the Joker's body. However, nobody is able to find Joker's body and Batman realizes that things between him and Joker always end unresolved.


  • This issue is reprinted in the Batman: A Death in the Family trade paperback.
  • Batman appears next in Detective Comics #594.
  • Superman appears next in Adventures of Superman #448.
  • The Joker makes several behind-the-scenes appearances throughout the upcoming "Year: Three" storyline, as a voice speaking to Two-Face through a radio. His next actual appearance however, is in Batman #440.
  • At the end of this issue, editor Dennis O'Neil writes a long message in the letter column explaining what the death of Jason meant to all the team on the Batman titles. He also gives the final results of the votes for the decision of Robin's outcome in the story. He explains how nobody in the crew expected fans to kill Jason but in the end, the votes for Robin dying exceeded the ones for keeping him alive by 72. Surprisingly, only 15 minutes before the survey ended, Jason's votes for him living were up by 38 votes. This just confirms the rumors about a single person that voted for Jason to die more than 100 times.


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Recommended Reading

A Death in the Family
Book One: Batman #426 Book Two: Batman #427 Book Three: Batman #428 Book Four: Batman #429

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