If I had read this in 1996 I would have loved it. Reading it now as an adult who has paid attention for the last few decades this strikes me as a comic book epic for political centrists. I found this to be frustrating. I love comic books but I hate the fact that the majority of the mainstream ones seem to lean to the right. I am stopping myself here before I write anymore but it is what it is and Alex Ross really is an incredible artist.
I appreciate the reflections on the different characterizations of the Joker over the years, the at least bare minimum attempt of the Batfam to try and get Jason to talk about his feelings, the exploration of 'why Red Hood', I'll even go for the deliciously soap opera 'family reveal' at the end, but there's one or two exceptionally trite/frustrating moments in here that I cannot forgive. To each their own canon. 🦇