Red Hood Outlaw #33-Prince of Gotham Part 2
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Pete Woods
Cover: Cully Hamner
Variant: Lucio Parrillo
Color: Rex Lokus
Letters: Troy Peteri
Synopsis: Running a casino has turned out to be more dangerous than Jason Todd ever imagined. Especially when he’s the public face of the Iceberg Lounge. It turns out Oswald Cobblepot has way more enemies than the Penguin—and with the crime boss missing, they descend on Jason and his crew. But Jason doesn’t need to look far for an extrajudicial solution to his problems: apparently he has the Red Hood in his contacts.
What You’ll Need To Know: Red Hood has taken control over The Iceberg as a lounge where he can control crime on his own. Now this casino use to belong to Penguin, that is until Jason locked him up in his own panic room. He never actually killed him. Jason is not alone in running this place. He has alleys. Wingman (his wingman), Bunker (an ex-Titan), Suzie and The Sisters Su, and his adorable dog. You’d think being exiled from Gotham and coming back would ruffle Batman’s wings and he’d be stopped immediately, but a little blackmail about Batman’s secret identity leaves him no other choice but to let Jason do what he wants.
In This Issue: In the beginning we are introduced to these two sorceress women who have an interest in Red Hood. Why could that be?
Jason taunts Penguin some more and remains a pain in his side. Here is Jason taking justice into his own hands and knows holding Penguin captive as his own prisoner is a way that he won’t get out of a real prison. Penguin practically owns Gotham and him getting shot in the face would make him a martyr. Penguin is prepared for this kind of situation, has a back up plan for if he disappears. The Five Aces automatically know to come to Penguin’s rescue if they don’t hear from him. They impose on a date Jason had with an old flame by the name of Isabel. No she hasn’t been in Red Hood and The Outlaws Volume 2, she came around when Red Hood was still partnered with Arsenal and Starfire. Long story short, Isabel Ardila is a flight attendant Jason hit it off with but they had to end their short lived romance because dating Jason comes with a lot of baggage and danger. She did say, however, if he evers leaves the life, she’ll be waiting for him. I guess she hasn’t been filled in that he’s still in the life, but watching from the shadows. Luckily the Sisters Su did all the dirty work. It was interesting development for Jason to get a girl he cares about to safety instead of jumping right into the fight. I don’t care much for their relationship, but it was still interesting!