I know that some folks online were a little disappointed in the end of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Death of The Family arc. I know I was disappointed, but mainly because I don’t remember a time when Batman has been so damn good and I wanted the story to go on forever. What seems to be irking most though was that someone didn’t die. Personally, I think that’s one of the things that makes it so good.

Let’s face it, death in comics is cheap. It’s done often, usually as a stunt to boost sales and rarely does it stick. So when you have a story has good as Death of The Family, you don’t really need to boost it with a death because, well, the story is good enough that it’s selling out just fine without having to resort to stunts.

What Snyder and Capullo have done here is something that is so very rare in today’s comics environment. They’ve told a a great story. Not just a great Batman story, but a great over all story. Court of Owls, Night of Owls and even the one-shots in between have all been solid books playing out with a great narrative that don’t need to be pushed with stunts and gimmicks (except when forced into the line-wide stunts and gimmicks. WTF indeed). If half the comics on the shelves today were as good as Batman is right now, the comics divisions of certain companies would be outshining the movie divisions across the board.

Today’s somber piece comes to us from Darryl Banks:

Darryl Banks is a professional illustrator and Columbus, Ohio native.  He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design where he also created the Comic Book Illustration course. Darryl has worked for many companies but he is best known for his art on DC Comics’ Green Lantern and co-creating Kyle Rayner and Parallax. Currently Darryl does design and illustration for statues and toys for various companies, most notably Hawthorne Village, Hasbro Inc. and Filsinger Games.

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