Jason Todd's always been the loose cannon of the Bat-family, but in the latest issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, the former Robin may have finally crossed a line he can't come back from.
In Issue #24, not only did it appear as though Red Hood straight-up killed Penguin, one of Batman's oldest enemies, on live television, in the process he may have given away Bruce Wayne's secret identity. Just before he shot Oswald Cobblepot right in the face, Hood took his mask off, revealing himself to the criminal and, depending on how the cameras were set up, the world. To make matters worse, since Jason is well known as one of Bruce's adopted sons, it's not a massive leap to presume some people might make the connection to Bruce being Batman.
It's no surprise, then, that the next issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws is being promoted as a knock down, drag out fight between Batman and his former apprentice.
All of this is setting the stage for a major shift not only in the Red Hood's approach to crime fighting, but his appearance as well. Following the resolution of the current storyline, Jason will put his featureless face mask and pop-collared jacket to rest, replacing them with a half-mask and brand new ensemble, including a new chest emblem.
After giving fans a glimpse of what's to come with the solicitations for September's Issue #26, in this week's DC Nation magazine, new series artist Pete Woods shared not only the final version of Red Hood's new look, but several dozen pieces of concept art he developed en route to Jason's final form.
In addition to opening up the mask and showing more of Jason's head, albeit shrouded under an actual hood, the new uniform is designed with the idea that while it may not offer as much protection as his previous outfit, it'll do more damage to his enemies in fight. Hence, the "sawed-off screws and pointy tips on his shoes and spikes on his arm guards." Jason will also bear new weapons, replacing his signature guns with a katana and a tire iron, a nod to his first appearance where he stole the wheels right off the Batmobile.
Check out Jason Todd's brand-new chest symbol and solicitation text for Red Hood and the Outlaws #26, below.
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!
- ON SALE 09.12.18
- $3.99 US | 32 PAGES
- FC | RATED T+
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