It is an interesting theory and it would definitely effect the Bat Family maybe moreso than an actual death would. It would also fit into the theory that the "death" here is going to be more of a metaphorically death than a literal one.
Characters come and go, revamped and revisited. But as long as you enjoyed them, remember them and continue to appreciate them, then that character, your hero or heroine, will always exist.
Alfred is going to die, possibly at the hands of Batman (under some form of Joker toxin.) Alfred is not the Joker. Harper will become the new Alfred.
And who the fuck put Japanese Batman on here?
I'm fairly certain DotF will end with Joker falling off an unreasonably high ledge and disappearing, Golden Age style.
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Newsarama is speculating that it doesn't like good for Damian in DoTF.
Though I'm not really inclined to agree with their assumption. I think it's reaching.
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Yeah, I really doubt it's Damian, especially since solicits for B&R17 has Damian in it.
And B&R is doing a great job at creating a Bruce/Damian Father/Son dynamic. At least... it was.
If anyone "dies": Joker. Joker falls into river. Batman searches for body. Can't find one, concludes that the Joker is gone for good.
Inc still has 6 more months til it wraps. March is only three months away. I highly doubt Damian will be killed off in DotF.
In Death of the Family do you think Alfred will die?
No one ever dies in comics. Ever. Even IF he dies he'll back at some point through voodoo magic or a clone or time travel or a cyborg.
It will be revealed that this whole time the Joker has been a time traveling Stephanie Brown.
end of spoilers so that takes care of the maiming part of it.
Alfred is blinded
I voted for the Joker.
After reading The Red Hood and the Outlaws #0, it seemed to me that The Joker knows who Batman is. Since, He basically set up Jason to Join Batman as the second Robin. Why cannot the Death of the Family be that Bruce is guilty of not telling people that he was pretty sure he knew Joker knew their secret identities. If you were Barbra Gordon how pissed would you be that Batman never told you that his greatest foe might know who you are.
Reading through this thread, I am agreeing with the Alfred might be the Joker theory.
I've gone back and reread a lot of stories and dmn, this joker is alfred theory keeppopping up in my brain. I almost can't see an alternative now.