Death of the Family is a major storyline beginning OCTOBER in BATMAN 13 - 17, with tie-in issues in various Batman related titles.
The tie-ins are NOT part of the main story line. They are self-contained side stories that expand on supporting character roles in the main event. You won't need to read them to understand the core storyline however they are a great way to sample new books and characters.
Tie-ins and reading order
BATMAN 13 Return of the Joker
Batgirl 13 Prelude: conclusion of Batgirl Knightfall arc
Catwoman 13 Prelude: conclusion of origin story
BATMAN 14 Where is Alfred?
Batgirl 14 Barbara fights for her family
Catwoman 14 Caught in the Jokers trap
Suicide Squad 14 Harley's reunion
Detective Comics Guest starring Poison Ivy and Clayface
BATMAN 15 A family meeeting
Batgirl 15 Time for a wedding
Suicide Squad 15 Harleys reunion
Batman and Robin 15 Damian VS The Joker
Nightwing 15 Joker strikes Haleys circus
Red Hood and The Outlaws 15 Jason Todd VS The Joker
Teen Titans 15 Titans VS Outlaws guest starring Batgirl
Detective Comics 16 The Court of Smiles
BATMAN 16 In Arkham Asylum
Batgirl 16 Married to the Joker
Batman & Robin 16 Damian killed by the Joker?
Nightwing 16 A circus in flames
Red Hood and the Outlaws 16 Teen Titans crossover
Teen Titans 16 Outlaws and Titans team up against Joker
Detective Comics 17 Fallout from DotF: The Court of Smiles
BATMAN 17 Final Showdown
Batgirl 17 Fallout from DotF: James Gordon Jr
Nightwing 17 Fallout: a new life for Dick Grayson
Red Hoods and the Outlaws 17 Fallout: Bruce Wayne and Jason Todd, heart to heart
So what's it all about?...
Basically, the Joker decides the other members of Bat Family "weaken" Batman so he targets them one by one. Also, he has no face. It was cut off back in Detective Comics #1 (he has not been seen since).He crippled Batgirl. He killed Robin. What will The Joker do next? And what must Batman do to protect his secret identity and that of those who fight alongside him?
This October, one of the most notorious villains in comic book history is making his return in the DC Comics New 52. The Joker will come out of the dark in a horrifying, unnerving, and huge way. And the grave consequences of his reemergence will be felt by not only the Bat-family, but by all of Gotham City.
Originally Posted by Scott Snyder, Batman writerOriginally Posted by Scott Lobdell, Red Hood writer
Above are special die-cut covers for Batman 13, Batgirl 13 and Catwoman 13 in October, Suicide Squad 14 in November and Detective Comics 15, Batman & Robin 15, Nightwing 15, Red Hood & The Outlaws 15, and Teen Titans 15 in December. The covers will come standard on these issues.