Red Hood comes face to face with Batman and tells him he’s a failure as a father in a tense moment in the pages of DC Comics.
Warning! Spoilers for Batman: Urban Legends # 2 below!
Red Riding Hood and Batman The complicated relationship has long been one of the most intriguing aspects of DC Comics characters. However, after Jason Todd and Bruce Wayne clash over the vigilante murder mentality, Red Hood reveals that Batman is just another failed parent in a long line of disappointments for the antihero.
After the former Robin was killed by the Joker and was then resurrected via Lazarus Pit, Jason Todd became the violent hero known as Red Hood. He couldn’t forgive Batman for not only allowing him to die, but also refusing to kill the Joker for murdering him. Batman doesn’t kill – even when his loved ones are murdered. As a hero, the Red Hood threw Batman’s rules out the window and created his own – which has led him to kill a number of villains over the years. In Batman: Urban Legends, Jason kills the father of a young boy, which captures Batman’s attention.
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In Batman: Urban Legends Story # 2 “Cheer” by Chip Zdarsky, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Julio Ferreira, Marcus To, Adriano Lucas and Becca Carey, the Red Hood kills the father of a young boy who is currently in his care after an overdose of drugs by his mother. Jason was irritated by the man not caring about his wife or the welfare of his child and in his rage, shot him. Batman confronts Jason in his apartment and tells him that he warned him about murders and guns. The two fight and when Batman knocks Red Hood to the ground, Jason realizes that Bruce is just another failed parent.
Although Red Hood is frustrated with the situation, his words still ring true. He sees Batman and Bruce Wayne as a hero holier than you who sees himself as an arbiter of justice. When in reality, Bruce failed Jason by not avenging his death and breaking his own killing rules. How many lives were taken by the Joker that could have been avoided if Batman had broken his rules – even in one situation?
Batman is a failed parent, especially for Jason. His inaction cost him his life at the hands of his biggest villain. He is the reason the Red Hood exists. Robin died on his watch and Bruce didn’t do enough to make sure it didn’t happen again. So while the Red Hood is wrong to kill, he’s not wrong that Batman has another failed parent because that’s who he is to Jason. Batman: Urban Legends # 3 is in store now.
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