Red Hood Outlaw #36-Battered By Bunker
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Art: Pete Woods
Cover: Dan Panosian
Colors: Rex Lokus
Letters: Troy Peteri
Variant: Yasmin Putri
Synopsis: There’s no way to plan for every contingency… even for a son of the Bat like Jason Todd. His goal was to take down the Penguin and assume his role as the prince of Gotham, but the best laid plans go awry when Oswald Cobblepot gets the last laugh—and the last bullet! And not even the Red Hood and his posse can stop him. (How could they with the Iceberg Lounge under siege and Bunker, Wingman and the Sisters Su too busy to help Jason deal with a Penguin ascendant?) Don’t miss the startling conclusion to “Prince of Gotham!”
What can Lex Luthor offer former sidekick Jason Todd? Sidekicks…broken, battered and catastrophically dangerous sidekicks. The Teen Titans they’re not!
In This Issue: Turns out Penguin has escaped! Now he has Jason in his grip. Penguin exclaims that Jason Todd has a deathwish for trapping Penguin in the panic room and says, “What does the Red Hood really have over you?” Penguin did not connect that Jason is the Red Hood, or rather he forgot. Being shot in the eye will do that.
Jason’s got the upper hand now. That meeting he had with Penguin’s associates in Euro-Bloc hurt him physically, where it really hurts: his bank account.
Bunker, aka Miguel, betrays Jason. My theory of him setting Penguin free was confirmed. However, it wasn’t motivated by a deal or money. Bunker thought Jason went over-board, and stooped to Penguin’s level, just like Batman did. Jason asks if Miguel really thought he was as bad as Penguin—a homicidal maniac—and Miguel said he believed Jason could be better.
I understand were Bunker is coming from. He was a Teen Titan way before, and he’s not in the business of torture. Jason thought he could be better too. Truth is, he never intended to kill Penguin. A shot point-blank in the eye should definitely kill someone—but Jason is an expert marksman, he knew what he was doing. Jason just wanted him out of the way for a little bit.
Jason ends up giving the Iceberg Lounge to Suzie Su and her sisters, it’s not much use to him anymore. Now he has an offer from The Lex Luthor…