Red Hood and the Outlaws May Have Killed a Classic Batman Villain - Really

The following contains spoilers for Red Hood & the Outlaws #24, written by Scott Lobdell, drawn by Dexter Soy and Alisson Borges, colored by Veronica Gandini, and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

It's safe to say, Red Hood and his team of Outlaws have always had a strange relationship with Batman and the other members of the Batfamily. The Dark Knight more or less gave his seal of approval to Jason Todd's current goal to eliminate the crime in Gotham, with one major caveat -- they can execute their plan, so long as no murdering was done. And though it may be difficult to believe, so far Jason and fellow Outlaws Artemis and Bizarro have stuck by that rule.

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Unfortunately, neither Batman nor Jason could have predicted the series' most recent developments. Recently, Jason learned that his father Willis Todd not only worked for the Penguin, but was sent to prison by the bird-themed villain while Jason's mother was raising the future Red Hood. (It also seems as though Willis may have wound up being killed years later by Artemis, but that's yet to be completely confirmed.)

Thus, having just found his father's empty grave in last month's issue, and being subsequently attacked by Penguin's men while digging it up, Jason is looking to settle the score with Cobblepot once and for all, damn the consequences.

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Jason has frequently interfered in Penguin's affairs over the course of Red Hood and the Outlaw's run, but there are no jokes or smiles to be had this time around. As soon as the vigilante finds the Penguin putting on the "Son of Gotham" act at the pier, in front of television cameras no less, he immediately kicks Oswald Cobblepot in the face. Then, after taking off his helmet and telling Penguin just exactly who he is, he puts his gun right on Cobblepot's monocled eye. "No one here believes you have the stones to pull the trigger," Penguin taunts, referencing the typical standoff between hero and villain. "You're just a kid playing dress-up."

And then... Jason pulls the trigger.

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