Hey comic book fans,
It’s obvious there are spoilers ahead, so pretend this is a decent enough disclaimer and if you haven’t read Batman #17 or the actual comic I want to discuss here, Red Hood and the Outlaws #17, please browse away. And I might have to discuss the outcome of Batman Incorporated #8 since everyone else is.
Are they gone? Ok.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #17 is a bit of a deceitful issue. You’re going to see Jason uncharacteristically calm and even talkative, however I completely believe this Jason after the events that transpired in Batman #17.
Bruce has been hiding information that is vital for them with the pretense of keeping them safe, and realizing that he ended up putting them in danger far more than before. Transparency and disclosure is not what Bats is known for, and it’s not the first time he does this. Everyone is unsure whether to trust Bruce again.
Except Jason… who already believed Bruce hides things and isolates himself and whom with he already had trust issues. For the first time, it’s like they know a little more how Jason feels about Bruce. That being said, after the harrowing experience, they’re all shaken and stirred. I think somehow the whole deal brings Jason and Bruce a bit closer. The Joker made Bruce realize something that Jason has wanted Bruce to see for a long time.
The ending is not Jason riding off into the distance. There’s a cliffhanger and one that you should expect. Joker did had one last card to play and we all know aftermaths for Jason are never clean. Recommended for fans of Jason Todd who won’t know what to expect after this issue.
And then, we have Batman, Inc #8
Okey, I have to find a way to start this review without betraying the fact that I hate the plot of Batman, Inc. I hate the plot of Batman, Inc. Ok, that didn’t work. Moving on…
So the big deal out of all this issue is the fate of Damian Wayne. It doesn’t come out of left field completely, but still – doesn’t really tie up the issue together either. It just stops everything on its tracks. I’m really sorry but I can’t quite buy it here.
There’s been commentary on other sites that Morrison just threw a wrench in the gears because he didn’t want someone else writing his character’s death, or whatever. I’m no fan of Grant Morrison (gee, I wonder if you guys have noticed that) but I sincerely hope that was not the intention. He did certainly built up his character way more than before. The kid has grown up from being just a killer to having a mind, and some heart – or at least guts. I’m not taking that from Morrison.
That being said, I hope this is not an excuse to turn Batman into an even more isolated, more barbaric and more lone wolf than before. I mean, if we keep making him any darker he’s going to start packing. I do hope we’re going to see him reviewing his methods and I really hope he’s doing away with the Batman, Inc stuff. So there’s a chance here. The fact that it takes someone to die to make the main character reflect and make the plot interesting… just feels like a copout.
How exactly do Death of the Family and Leviathan are placed on the timeline? Right now Morrison has seemed to be running his own parallel world of a story, while other books who have been including Damian will now have to work around this new development.
As for thoughts of a new Robin, I’m going to throw in with the other voices that say that none of the other Robins should come back. That brings me to Red Robin and the- ooops I mean, Teen Titans #17.
I feel this comic book has been getting caught in the crossfire of both He’l on Earth and Death of the Family. At some times it has remind me of Marvel’s Runaways. This is an issue at the end of a storyline but that barely touches on the beginnings of a new one.
We get to meet, albeit briefly, the New 52’s version of Raven. She’s a lot more grown up than before and a whole lot darker. The issue feels like a teaser for not one, but a few plot threads to develop. As much as I like Tim Drake, I didn’t really feel like there’s much to recommend here.
It ends in a cliffhanger, one that really feels like it comes out of the blue. Although it does feel like something was off with Tim all throughout the issue, I just don’t think the plot for this story was really put together very well. I don’t feel very enthusiastic about what’s next for this book.
That will do for now.