A series I’ve been following for a long time is Red Hood and The Outlaws, and it’s been amazing to see how Jason Todd has grown over time. Since DC Rebirth, Red Hood has been operating with Batman’s approval, providing he didn’t kill anyone. But after finding out the Penguin was involved in sending Willis Todd to prison, Jason shot the crime boss in front of the world. Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 deals with the aftermath, putting Red Hood and Batman on a collision course with each other. The emotion-packed issue is one of the best that Scott Lobdell has ever written. Continue reading “Red Hood And The Outlaws #25 Review: Jason Todd Gets His Edge Back In A Big Way”
Comic characters are always changing, whether through personal choice or the experiences that shape them. No one can stay the same forever, otherwise it leads to repetitive stories. Red Hood is a character that’s gone through a lot of changes, developing from a murderous anti-hero into a trusted member of Batman’s inner circle. Jason Todd’s progression was built up over years, as he needed to earn back his mentor’s trust and overcome his personal demons.
At his core, Red Hood has always been motivated by his own sense of justice. His willingness to kill criminals set him apart from other members of the Batman family. But as he developed, Jason chose to honour Batman’s wishes by no longer killing. But did taking that aspect away make Red Hood less intriguing?
One of the most common problems in the world today is homelessness. Millions of people all over the world are living on the streets, begging for money, trapped in an endless cycle of poverty. People can become homeless for a number of reasons and it can happen to anyone. It made me think about how superheroes can end up on the streets as well. For all their powers, they are unable to help themselves. Some homeless characters have started off with a rough life and managed to build a better one. The Comic Vault is looking into four comic characters who know what it’s like to be homeless.
If there’s one thing I enjoy about being creative, it’s getting the chance to meet like-minded people. Collaboration is a great way to make new connections and produce something new, whether it’s a story or a piece of art. Working with someone else helps you elevate each other, which is useful when it comes to cosplaying. The cosplay world is built on collaboration, with people making costumes, selling costumes, taking pictures and having fun together. It’s why I was excited to do a new cosplay photo shoot with fellow creatives and embody my favourite comic character.
Everyone has a personal style when it comes to decorating and I’ve continued to add to my collection of pop culture figures with the Red Hood ARTFX+ statue. Based on the New 52 version of the character, the statue has been designed by Kotobukiya. I bought the statue from Amazon for £79.45 on December 31st 2017. The delivery was quick as well. It stands at 7 inches and comes with a black platform. The statue is highly decorative and renders the Red Hood in great detail. I was very happy with the purchase, so here is a full review of the product.
Being able to read about your favourite characters in stories that you connect with is an amazing feeling. Seeing how a character has developed over the years can help you learn more about them, and reading guides help. The Comic Vault is presenting a new feature called The Essential Reading List, which includes the important stories that a comic character has been a part of. I’m kicking it off with my favourite character, Red Hood. Jason Todd has come a long way and he’s been at the centre of several iconic Batman stories. Continue reading “The Essential Reading List: Red Hood”
The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a superhero or supervillain through music and captures their greatest moments. From Batman to Wonder Woman, there are songs that can remind you of certain characters. Music is a great way to bring underrated characters into the light and Artemis is one of them. Having lived in the shadow of Wonder Woman, Artemis has struggled to define her own path among women who are all as special as each other. The Pop Culture Playlist features ten tracks that describe her life.
Comic cons are a great way to meet like-minded people and cosplaying helps to express your love of a particular character. Some people make their costumes from scratch, while others buy their supplies. If you’re like me and can’t sow or modify clothes to save your own life, then buying is a good alternative. There’s lots of designers who specialise in creating cosplay gear. One of the best is US based God Of Props, who creates cosplay masks and helmets. I bought a Red Hood helmet and here is my review.
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.
Comic Cover Corner is a segment that looks at a specific comic cover and examines why it’s so memorable. Today, I’m focusing on the cover of Red Hood: The Lost Days #1, drawn by William Tucci. The comic itself tells the story of how Jason Todd came back to life and started his journey to becoming the Red Hood. There’s a lot to love about this cover, from the colours to the raw emotion displayed by the character.