Forgive me if this has been beaten to death (pun intended). But as someone who has recently returned to comics, the fact that Jason Todd is alive really chafes my backside. I mean, didn't people vote for this character to die? Did people vote to have him come back?
Killing Jason was the Joker's greatest accomplishment and is one of the acts which enshrines him as the greatest villain of all time. It was Batman's greatest failure. Heck, Jason's death is even mentioned in The Dark Knight Returns - the definitive Batman end story.
Now I know that comic book characters are never truly dead, but in my mind Jason was different. His death was convenient because no one liked his character at the time anyway. Furthermore, his death created a tragedy of such magnitude that it reverberated in the pages of Batman comics for years to come - creating a theme that is still compelling up to this day. Are you going to tell me that turning Jason into yet another antihero is more interesting?
Frankly, I don't care what hokey pokey explanation the writers conjured up to sell more comic books. Bringing Jason Todd back from the dead completely cheapens the whole experience.