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”
Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy continue to create an emotionally rich story for Jason Todd and in his companions in Red Hood And The Outlaws #13. In the last issue, Bizarro sacrificed himself to stop a rampaging Solomon Grundy, dying in Red Hood and Artemis’ arms. Before the Outlaws could fully take in their friend’s sacrifice, Lex Luthor appeared on the scene. What are Luthor’s intentions and does he plan to use Bizarro for his own agenda?
When a writer makes you feel for a character then it’s a magical sensation. When a writer makes you connect with a character you never thought you’d feel anything for, then it’s even rarer. This has been the case with Scott Lobdell’s take on Bizarro in his latest run on Red Hood and The Outlaws. Bizarro, the imperfect clone of Superman, was a character I never took seriously. His origin and creation seemed derivative, but Lobdell’s story has changed my mind. Here’s how he’s managed it.
“We don’t choose our teachers in life. Sometimes they are crazed vigilantes pretending to love us like a son. And other times they take the form of a space kitty who is smarter than anyone gives her credit for. Reminds me of me. It’s a load of bull to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They are just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.” – Red Hood
If I hadn’t made it obvious by now, Jason Todd is my favourite comic character. I’m on a mission to bring as much recognition to him as possible, so I’m reviewing Red Hood And The Outlaws: REDemption today. The graphic novel collects the first arc of the original Outlaws, featuring Red Hood, Arsenal and Starfire. Written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort, REDemption brings together three damaged characters who find friendship and solace in each other.
The world of Batman is one of the most well known in popular culture, from his Rogue Gallery to his gadgets. There are people within it who walk the same path and there are those who fight against it. Red Hood is someone who exists somewhere in between. For the character spotlight today I’ll be focusing on Jason Todd and why he is the most human character I’ve ever encountered.