Todd continues to reign as a “prince of Gotham,” having taken over the Penguin’s
Iceberg Lounge and recruiting former opponents to his cause. He seems to live a
life of ease, leaving others to mind his business interests, paying attention
when he needs to. This permits him the freedom to move about as Red Hood,
addressing other concerns.
BUT… this all
seems rather familiar, in a “yeah, we get it, he’s taken over Penguin’s mob”
sort of way. When is there going to be some action? Well, action does come our
way this chapter, though it’s of the type that it adds – or perhaps builds upon
– Jason’s post Robin/pre-Red Hood past.
consider this chapter to be the calm before the storm, reinforcing characters
and filling the void to pad the story out to its obligatory six-chapter format.
However, seeds are planted that may blossom in the near future, so I encourage
us all to maintain an open mind.
I like the
idea of Red Hood battling crime from inside the underworld. His associations
are dubious, and any of them could seemingly betray him, or he could betray
them. It all helps maintain the “outlaw” aspect of his persona. I’d appreciate
seeing more of that played up, but given this chapter’s conclusion, it could be
a while before we get there.