Thursday, July 7, 2011

Batman & Robin #25 - Review

Todd Paints Gotham Red

Batman (Dick Grayson) and Robin (Damian Wayne) have teamed up with the Red Hood (Jason Todd) in order to retrieve the kidnapped Scarlet, whom the Red Hood took on as a protege after Pyg had murdered her father. The group faces off against Scarlet's captor and a gang of very fast and efficient hired ninjas, but in the end it comes down to the Dynamic Duo going tit for tat with the Red Hood. The fact that all three of them have been Robin at some point makes their backgrounds and training completely identical, but it's two against one.

Written by Judd Winick and drawn by Andy Smith and Greg Tocchini, Batman and Robin #25 concludes the "Boys Night Out" story line of Jason Todd escaping from prison with the help of someone who wants to hire him. Watching him go toe-to-toe with the Bat Family is always a delight, but it's even better when he's up against people who had also shared the Robin title throughout the years. His knowledge of how Grayson and Wayne will think and act puts him one step ahead in planning his next move, and Todd is always one to have three or four back up plans just in case.

There were a few panels that didn't make much sense to me in this issue, especially a costume change halfway through. Despite that problem it was still fun to see the Red Hood in action, and I can't wait until he gets his own series after the DC reboot. Todd has become one of my favorite DC anti-heroes, and I hope that he sticks around in their universe for a long time.

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