By Philip Schweier
Mar 13, 2019 - 5:09
A few issues back, Jason and Bruce enjoyed a brief reunion, one of warmth and familial respect. But here’s it Jason and Batman, and that’s a different kettle of fish. It illustrates how Jason has two separate relationships; one with Bruce Wayne (a kind, supportive father figure) and one with Batman (an authoritative Ess-Oh-Bee).
Jason appreciates one, dismisses the other. If that sounds rather luke warm for their relationship, I’m not sure I blame him. It’s the nature of families, and all the Robins – Dick, Jason, Tim and Damian – have their own baggage to reconcile within the family. Jason is doing so at a distance, which might be best.
I believe it’s okay to take a break once in a while, and this issue could have been such by being all about Jason. Other than a brief flashback scene which served no purpose to me, Red Hood was nowhere to be seen. I can appreciate the title is Red Hood, Outlaw, not Jason Todd, Outlaw, but for all the times we see him in mask and costume for the entire issue, I’m not opposed to not seeing him once in a while.