Todd has returned, to take over the Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge. He and the
Penguin have a history, going back to Jason’s father who was one of the
Penguin’s henchman, until such time as the Penguin found him “expendable.” When
Jason learned of this treachery, he tried to assassinate the Penguin. Even
though Red Hood failed, Batman was compelled to exile him from Gotham.
BUT…having returned, he’s sure to draw the unwanted attention of Batman.
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).
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.
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.