From Street-Rat To Magna Cum Laude (Red Hood Outlaw #34 Comic Review)
Red Hood Outlaw #34-Prince of Gotham Part 3
Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art: Pete Woods
Cover: Cully Hamner
Color: Rex Lokus
Letters: Troy Peteri
Variant: Yasmine Putri
Synopsis: Jason Todd heads to France to expand the Iceberg Lounge’s sphere of influence-or are his motives more ambitious? Meanwhile, the Penguin gains an unexpected ally in his bid to topple the Red Hood, but the DCU’s greatest Outlaw is busy battling a threat from his past who feels like his recent aspirations might threaten more than just Gotham City. Brace yourselves for the shocking return of Essence!
What You’ll Need To Know: Obviously Gotham doesn’t know Jason Todd is Red Hood, and that Penguin is a complete villain. So Jason being a young, charming business who takes over Iceberg Lounge isn’t that suspicious. Last issue, The 5 Aces who work for Penguin tried coming to his rescue to know avail. They knew to come for Penguin because of the fact that they HAVEN’T heard from him. Not that they have heard his cries for help. That same night in the casino, Jason sees an old flame, Isabel, who has decided to give him a second chance. It was too dangerous for her to actually be with Jason, but the last encounter he proved that he’s willing to avoid a fight to protect her.
In This Issue: Red Hood takes the show to Paris in hopes of talking to some of Penguin’s associates. What they don’t know is that Penguin is being held captive in his own Lounge that Jason took over.
Jason is starting to bond more with Isabel and trying to show her he is serious. He takes her on a date to Paris! I feel like we see him trying to get somewhat of a semblance of a normal life and trying to build relationships again. He deserves it, he’s pretty much lost everyone close around him.
We come across Essence of “All-Caste” again, and she calls forth a spirit who has been killed by Jason. What she want with him? We also see her with another character by the name of S’aru, who claims to have taken a precious memory from Jason. In the panel, it looks like a memory of a young Jason and Bruce on the couch and it looks like a nice movie night. It’s no doubt that Batman and Jason still care about each no matter how much they disagree, but that connection they had before Jason was killed and brought back to life isn’t the same. There is a lot of resentment on both ends, but could that memory of a calm night eating popcorn together before everything bring back the bond they had?