Superpowers can be useful in a fight, but for characters who don’t have powers, they need to rely on their intelligence and skill. This is true for street level characters and they usually have a range of equipment at their disposal. The Comic Vault is looking into the equipment that different heroes and villains use and we’ll start with Red Hood. Having learned from Batman, Jason Todd has plenty of tricks and toys up his sleeve.
When Jason returned to Gotham as Red Hood, he wielded a wavy dagger based on a Kris. The dagger was given to him by Talia Al Ghul. The blade was sharp enough to cut through Batman’s belt and durable enough to block an attack from a sword wielding Mia Dearden. The Kris blade is linked to Indonesia and they’re used as ceremonial symbols and weapons.
Red Hood helmet
Jason’s helmet was based off the original Red Hood helmet used by the Joker. However, Jason’s headgear has a biker aesthetic, which he uses for protection and to hide his identity. Like the dagger, the helmet was given to him as a gift by Talia. She wanted him to embrace his greatest fear and wear it like armour, just as Bruce did when he became Batman.
Some versions have advanced technology and Jason is known for rigging the helmet with explosives if he wants to make a quick getaway.
In the most recent run of Red Hood And The Outlaws, Jason used a taser built into his body armour. It was activated through the red Bat symbol on his chest and it’s powerful enough to stun an Amazon, as seen from when he used it on Artemis. He also used it on Batman to give his adoptive father a taste of what it means to fight dirty.
When Jason came back to life, he travelled the world and learned how to use lethal force from various trainers. His journey led him to a cult of mystical assassins called the All-Caste. They taught him how to channel his rage and granted him access to the All Blades. The swords can be used against magical enemies and are tied to Jason’s soul.
What sets Red Hood apart from the rest of the Bat family is that he uses guns. His most commonly used weapons are a pair of .45 firearms that may be modified M1911 pistols. Jason is an expert marksmen and has been able to shoot fast enough that Batman’s had trouble getting close to him.
In Arkham Knight, Jason used a sniper rifle that could be taken apart into two smaller guns and put back together again.
Red Hood’s ingenuity coupled with his arsenal make him a formidable fighter. Do you have a character who’s armoury you’d like to see explored?