Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about my favorite comic since I read Batman: Year One, all those weeks ago.
Red Hood: Lost Days. (I have a thing for origin stories.)
For those that are behind, the Red Hood is the anti-hero that Jason Todd becomes after he is resurrected and trained by Talia al Ghul. This comic was written 2010-2011, and was a short six issues that chronicled Jason Todd before his return to Gotham.
Jason Todd crawls out of his grave and is found my Talia and Ra’s al Ghul. For months, Talia tries to convince her father that he is useful. Jason, for all that he can still kick ass, is in a comatose state. Eventually Talia has no other choice than push him into the Lazarus Pit, where her father bathes to remain practically immortal. Jason regains himself, but at what cost?
We get see Jason as more than just Robin. Jason Todd has a violent past and because of that he doesn’t take to Batman’s absolute moral right and wrongs the same way that Dick Grayson has. Jason believes in killing evil people. He understands that some people just can’t be saved by being thrown in jail.
We also see his abandonment issues. He thinks about how Bruce hadn’t loved him enough to kill the Joker, and he tries to kill Batman by placing a bomb under the Batmobile. Later, Talia shows him pictures of Batman on patrol with the new Robin (Tim Drake), and he is obviously torn up inside. This is when we first see Jason’s hatred for the Tim, who he views as his replacement.
This raises the question: how much of this behavior is Jason Todd, and how much is it the Lazarus Pit?
Feel free to comment your ideas!