no_name_'s Batman and Robin #23 - The Streets Run Red, Part 1 of 3: Ins and Outs review

Less Dick, More Jason!

DC calls on Judd Winick to bring Jason Todd center stage in the newest issue of Batman and Robin #23.

The Good

Rule of thumb: if you want to give your audience a solid Jason Todd story, call upon the man who writes the character better than anyone, Judd Winick. First, I want to thank DC Comics for giving me another Jason Todd story. Second, I want to thank DC Comics for getting Judd Winick to write it. Winick knows the former 'Boy Wonder' turned hard-lined murderous criminal better than anyone, and that's partly because he was the one to pen Jason Todd's turn to the dark side. Winick's familiarity with the character shows in this issue and it is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Fans of Jason will not be disappointed with his return, chronicled here. The two pages that open the issue depict the boy he once was (the second Robin) and his transition into the murderous Red Hood- acting as a refreshing and eloquent introduction to Todd for new, unfamiliar readers.
The pacing was perfect. The story is solid, and the characterizations of all the characters that appear in the issue (Jason in particular) are superb. The art is very beautiful, and I particularly love Guillem March's artistic rendition of Jason Todd. About five pages into the issue is one panel in particular showing Bataman pointing down at Jason in a reprimanding manner. The way Guillem captures Jason in this panel, seemingly carefree and slouching in his seat in response to Bruce's "talk" was perfect. The simplicity of this panel is so telling and symbolic of who these characters are and how they feel about one another.

The Bad

This issue is perfect. From timing and pacing to the artistic interpretation. I absolutely loved it.

The Verdict

Often writers forget to tie the loose ends of a story. Sometimes when two characters "fall out," we find that they resolve their issues off panel. Winick addresses that here. If the reader is familiar with Bruce Wayne, they know he doesn't always talk much. But Jason is a talker. He likes the attention and he wants answers. The scene where he and Bruce meet, and Jason says "business as usual" is absolutely brilliant. This issue was written by Winick for Jason Todd fans, and I absolutely cannot wait to see where the character is taken next.
16 Comments
Posted by SteamSaint

As a fan of Jason from way back when i called and called to try to save his life in DEATH IN THE FAMILY, I am glad to hear this reviewed so glowingly. Now if only Winick weren't beholden to this ridiculous red hair thing that Morrison threw in when he was too high to know the difference between Pre and Post Crisis DCU. Don't get me wrong, i've nothing against people with red hair, but Jason has had black hair ever since he was rebooted as a street kid after Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it saddens me that a GOOD writer like Winick now has to dance to the mad whims of a junkie Scotsman well past his prime.


Just my two cents.
Posted by daredevil21134

good review

Posted by sj_esposito

Great review! Jason is such an interesting character and I agree that Winick is the person to write him. 

Posted by B'Town

I am a Jason Todd fan and I love this twisted Batman and Robin book. 


THANK YOU Babs!  This is going to be so much fun, I can't wait to get my issue.  


Posted by longbowhunter

I  liked this issue, but was a bit disappointed that Guillem March only illustrated the first 10 pages or so.
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Posted by CombatSpoon86

Glad this issue did well, after finding out of different creative teams for each story arc, decided to just read my friends copy

Posted by Primmaster64

Jason looked likle Roy o_O

Posted by doordoor123

Dont like the red hair but whatever.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Entertaining issue but vastly predictable to me.
Jason kills a few guys.Check
Jason maskes a pun on Talia.Check
Jason overshadows the actual protagonists of this book.Check.
Ugh Winick.
But okay issue otherwise.

Posted by G-Man

@doordoor123 said:

Dont like the red hair but whatever.
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Posted by Krakatua

wow, i though it was a very weak issue, actually. There was a  discharacterization of Jason's character (one of my favorites btw), and the art was terrible. Very cartoonish and  exaggerated drawings.

Don't get me wrong, i love Batman & Robin volume, but this issue was just not good.
Posted by jrock85

Great review Babs! I'm really glad that Winick is penning this arc and hopefully he can undo some of the awful characterization of JT during BFTC and the first arc of B&R.

Posted by SmoothJammin

@entropy_aegis
Agreed on all counts. DC may as well plaster Jason's dumbass ginger face all over next months cover and the one following it since we know this story won't be about the dynamic duo. Winick will use everything in his power to make Dick look like dogsh!t. Wasn't it his and Didio's idea to off him in infinite crisis? Assholes..

Posted by entropy_aegis
@SmoothJammin said:

@entropy_aegis
Agreed on all counts. DC may as well plaster Jason's dumbass ginger face all over next months cover and the one following it since we know this story won't be about the dynamic duo. Winick will use everything in his power to make Dick look like dogsh!t. Wasn't it his and Didio's idea to off him in infinite crisis? Assholes..

LOL,yeah it was Winick and Didio.But funnily Bruce Jones was supposed to write a Jason Todd book.
Posted by entropy_aegis
@SteamSaint said:
As a fan of Jason from way back when i called and called to try to save his life in DEATH IN THE FAMILY, I am glad to hear this reviewed so glowingly. Now if only Winick weren't beholden to this ridiculous red hair thing that Morrison threw in when he was too high to know the difference between Pre and Post Crisis DCU. Don't get me wrong, i've nothing against people with red hair, but Jason has had black hair ever since he was rebooted as a street kid after Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it saddens me that a GOOD writer like Winick now has to dance to the mad whims of a junkie Scotsman well past his prime.

Just my two cents.
GOOD and Winick,oh my.But lets leave it at that shall we.
I'll take the junkie Scottsman anyday,over a dyslexic monkey lol.
Posted by daredevil21134
@SmoothJammin said:

@entropy_aegis
Agreed on all counts. DC may as well plaster Jason's dumbass ginger face all over next months cover and the one following it since we know this story won't be about the dynamic duo. Winick will use everything in his power to make Dick look like dogsh!t. Wasn't it his and Didio's idea to off him in infinite crisis? Assholes..

Winick won't be the first or the last to make Dick look like a chump

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