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.