Hey, have you guys seen this cool fan art of what the Red Hood would look as a WWE wrestler? I’m sorry, What now? What’s that you say? It’s not crappy fan art, but the real official image of the new Red Hood outfit moving forward. Oh. Shit.
No No No NO NO NO!!!!
Aside from ripping off Randy Orton, it appears that DC thinks one of their popular members of the Bat-family who kills crooks with guns isn’t bad-ass enough and needed to turn that dial up to “crappy” with a fresh, modern, AJ Styles-esk re-design that fans will surely love.
Who doesn’t get excited when a when a character, who has always been is known for being thin, smart, and lithe, buffs up to the size of Lobo and goes on a killing rampage he’s already been on 12 times in his comic career?!
The trouble started back in Red Hood And The Outlaws #1, when DC thought this book was a good idea and published it. Despite the fact that Jason Todd is known for one thing, dying at the hands of the Joker in 1988, he has become more than just the Punisher rip-off he is by establishing himself as real character with a solid deign that people liked… or tolerated (sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference).
In recent issues, The Red Hood has been butting heads with the way Batman does business, IE NOT killing people for committing crimes. It all came to a head in Red Hood And The Outlaws #24 when Jason Todd seemingly revealed his secret identity just before shooting The Penguin in the face. This isn’t good for Batman, as everyone knows that Jason Todd was once his ward.
In the comic, it isn’t clear if the world saw his secret identity as there was conveniently lots of smoke at that point and right before he blows Cobblepot’s bloody monocle off with a bullet, he puts the mask back on. Regardless, Bats can’t have one of his own running around offing baddies, so they are gonna fight it out in the next issue and then in the following issue , Red Hood And The Outlaws #26, we’ll see this mess of an new outfit in action, as well as see the Red Hood go off without the Outlaws (Bizarro and Artemis) and ditch Gotham all together. As the solicitation or the comic reads,
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #26
written by SCOTT LOBDELL
art and cover by PETE WOODS
variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Jason Todd’s about to take this vigilante game to a whole new level. His partners, Bizarro and Artemis? Gone! His mentor, Batman? Out! His base of operations, Gotham City? Abandoned. Cast out and alone, Red Hood embarks on a bold, brutal new mission, with a new costume, new weapons and a new plan to punish evildoers across the DCU. Plus, Pete Woods (JUSTICE LEAGUE) joins writer Scott Lobdell as this new era begins!
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Artist Pete Woods is to blame, er… came up with the new look. The brown jacket and Red Helmet are gone and now Jason Todd sports a sweet new Red Hoodie vest. While closer to his name-sake, the new outfit also comes with a new chest symbol that’s less Batmany and more Batmany-in-a-V-shape to show how far he’s distanced himself from Batman(y). He’s also got a red Paintball mask because is looks wicked pissah! Pete gives up some sketches in the latest DC Nation Magazine if you’re super into this Cosplay extravaganza that I’m sure at least 1 or 2 people will pull off for less than $25 at the next Con.
They say if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all, so I’ll give Petey this. I love the crow-bar he’s packing. It’s a nice throwback to Death in The Family and I like that he’s owning it and that is a great element to tie his past to his present.
There is also a hint that he might be using a tire iron as well, which is another great reference to this character’s first appearance in 1983, when, in Batman #357, Batman catches him attempting to steal the hubcaps off the Batmobile with a tire iron.
At the same time, also giving him a Katana blade is bullshit. Giving a character who primarily uses knives and guns a Ninja weapon is a stupid play to up his cool factor. Yes, I know he used swords in the Arkham Asylum games- it was dumb there, it’s dumb here.
Story-wise however, I like where this is going, Jason Todd works best opposing the Dark Knight, not working with him and if we have to go to this lame extreme to get him back there, I guess we’ll all have to live with it till sales cause another redesign.