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Batman and Robin #25 - The Streets Run Red, Part 3 of 3: Boys Night Out Review

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This issue is another example of a great Jason Todd story. Perfect even if you haven't been reading on a consistent basis.

No one can write Jason Todd quite like writer Judd Winick; and that may be because no one quite gets Jason the way Winick does. Batman and Robin #25 is yet another example of Winick's grasp of Todd's character. Great story telling here, period.

The Good

Whenever I find out that Judd Winick is writing a Jason Todd/Red Hood story, I make sure I pick it up because I know it's bound to be really good. That said, I was not at all disappointed with this issue. Winick definitely gets Jason Todd, and this issue is a perfect example of that. Batman and Robin may think that they have their bases covered, but they should really never underestimate Jason.

The issue opens with Sasha, also know as Scarlet who we first see team up with Jason Todd (Red Hood) in the early issues of Batman and Robin. Both Sasha and Jason are initially held captive in the beginning of the book, but Jason makes his escape pretty early on (big surprise). The rest of the story focuses on Jason's escape from the grasp of Batman and Robin, and providing Sasha with some much needed assistance. Does he make it, is the big question?

This issue closes a three part story and does so with plenty of sass and humor. Winick also demonstrates the dynamic between Batman and Robin and draws a parallel of their relationship to Jason and Sasha. Essentially, Scarlet is the Red Hood's "Robin." Its very cleverly written.

The Bad

There were two artists on this book, and you can tell exactly where the switch happens when you read this issue. I sympathize with artists, it's tough work being on time, and my complaint has more to do with the colorist than with either of the pencilers. To me, the colors seemed a little bit muddy which made some scenes look sloppy and lacking detail.

The Verdict

This is a solid issue and most people who happen to be familiar with these characters can probably pick up this issue and read it as a stand alone without any problems. However, I highly recommend any Red Hood story written by Judd, so I highly recommend the two issues prior to this one as well. This is a very well written, entertaining book that will not disappoint Jason Todd fans.

17 Comments
Posted by GraveSp

Good review, I really liked this issue as well.  Definitely something that people should pick up 

Posted by VaizD

While I do love Winick's writing when it comes to Jason, I have to echo the complaint many others had that this arc seemed to ultimately serve no story purpose aside from "Let's have a story with Jason in it!". It has the long term applications of both putting Jason back on the scene sans pill-helmet and bringing Scarlett back, but the storyline itself seems unresolved and somewhat pointless, like this could have all been accomplished by having a throwaway panel with a TV stating "Red hood escapes prison!".
 
So as far as being a Jason story highlighting his relationship with other characters, it was great, but as far as being a story with a beginning, middle, and end with a proper arc, it seemed a bit lacking.

Posted by Eyz

One helluva an awesome book.
Scarlet is back! But she's back in that mask?? Or is that her actual face now looking disfigured like the mask?
Kinda confusing, specially thanks to the art.

Posted by longbowhunter

Out of all the arcs on this book, I felt this was one of the weakest. I love Judd Winick, but this story didnt offer me much. I am curious to see whether or not Scarlet will be around in the new Red Hood title.
Edited by keith71_98

Interesting. I had decided to skip this after the previous horrific issue. Everything from the art to the story took a hard downward turn. But I was intrigued with the first issue of this arc so MAYBE I'll give this issue a look.
Posted by Sammo21

I don't really care for this version of Jason Todd. I'll be happy when they drop it. Hopefully they'll do a better job in the DCnU when he has his own title.

Posted by entropy_aegis
Posted by ThanosIsMad

This story arc was worthless beyond showing how Jason got out of prison and into the position he's in post-Flashpoint.  Aside from the first issue, this arc was an entire rush job.  Nothing was explained at all.  No explanation as to who these people were and why they wanted Jason out of prison, they're just the mechanic that get him out.   This wasn't a 4/5 issue.

Posted by Black_Kn1ght

I'd agree with everything the review listed.

Posted by B'Town

Love me some more Todd! This entire series from issue 1 has rocked. I hope the book is still fun come September.

Posted by The Stegman

meh, this issue could have been more fleshed out, i think five issues would have been better than three, it left a lot of unanswered questions

Edited by Fhiz
@entropy_aegis said:

NOOOOO,this issue was HORRIBLE 
http://gothamspoilers.tumblr.com/post/7304636140/spoilers-batman-and-robin-25

 
Ahahahaha... me. 

But yeah... terrible issue/arc. Well, first 19 pages were good, the next 41 were just bad in my opinion.
 
  • WTF thundercats? Check.
  • Nameless antagonist? Check.
  • Antagonist's motivation unexplained? Check. 
  • Reducing the name sake characters to the two lines "This sucks" and "Yeah, I know" ? Check. 
  • Having Jason contradict his characterization (which was written by the same writer) by threatening the lives of "hundreds" of "innocents" ? Check.
  • Just a general lack of explanation as to why ANYTHING is happening? Check.
Just having Jason running around with some passive aggressive jabs, which is as far as the meat of these issues goes, isn't enough. Surrounding him with unexplained situations, characters, and motivations just does not work. 
 
Under the Hood was a fantastic story, but I can't say I've enjoyed anything Winick has written with the character since, as I felt Lost Days had a lot of similar problems as this arc.
Posted by rhstickler

The costume is dam* stupid. Even if it was written by Judd, any book where Jason gets bested by a Robin, is a dud.

Posted by entropy_aegis
@Fhiz said:
@entropy_aegis said:

NOOOOO,this issue was HORRIBLE 
http://gothamspoilers.tumblr.com/post/7304636140/spoilers-batman-and-robin-25

 
Ahahahaha... me. 

But yeah... terrible issue/arc. Well, first 19 pages were good, the next 41 were just bad in my opinion.
 
  • WTF thundercats? Check.
  • Nameless antagonist? Check.
  • Antagonist's motivation unexplained? Check. 
  • Reducing the name sake characters to the two lines "This sucks" and "Yeah, I know" ? Check. 
  • Having Jason contradict his characterization (which was written by the same writer) by threatening the lives of "hundreds" of "innocents" ? Check.
  • Just a general lack of explanation as to why ANYTHING is happening? Check.
Just having Jason running around with some passive aggressive jabs, which is as far as the meat of these issues goes, isn't enough. Surrounding him with unexplained situations, characters, and motivations just does not work.  Under the Hood was a fantastic story, but I can't say I've enjoyed anything Winick has written with the character since, as I felt Lost Days had a lot of similar problems as this arc.
YUP.
Posted by SQReview

I love Jason Todd/Red Hood. I can't wait until he gets his own series in September. Winick always writes a solid Todd story.

Posted by goldenkey

I thought it sucked donkey dick. 
Posted by B_Heart

The issue was alright, seemed liked a rushed ending but I still enjoyed it. I always enjoy a good Red hood story, especially by Winick. Can't wait to see what happens to him in September.