The History of Jason Todd (Part 2) -- Starting in Short-Pants
So here is the long delayed (sorry, computer problems!) Part 2 of my look at post-Crisis Jason Todd (i.e. the second Second Robin). Part 1 can be found here, and thanks to icon_uk who has posted two greatposts looking at the first, pre-Crisis version of Jason Todd.
When we last left Jason, he had just "aquired" the Robin suit (in 3 different ways). So now let's see how he uses it...
The 1980s comics don't highlight Robin's "VERY first" night out, so Nightwing: Year One tackles that with Jason running through a Batman-sidekick "test" known as The Gauntlet. As fate may have it, he runs into his predecessor during the run... and Dick had NO idea that the Dark Knight was hiring, let alone giving away his suit:
Best. Panel. Ever.
You know, I'd like to cut Jason a LITTLE slack. I mean, he's a brat but he's not the CRIMINAL that Dick seems to want to paint him as, right? Right...?
*headdesk* Okay, maybe he is... in fact, there's a VERY clear theme of Jason being especially un-Robin-like. Here are some scenes from Gotham Knights 43 to help you see what I mean:
*gulp* Who knew a kid in a blouse and panties could be so threatening?
Huh, AND he can pull off stubbing out a cigarrette in pixie shoes... (and yes, THAT one is a cigarrette)
But both of these examples are post-Death and near resurrection. Going back to the 1980s we won't find anything like that, right?
(from Batman #415)
WTF!? "Hold off" does not mean "pick up a gun and shoot at" last time I checked. Seriously, does anyone know if any other Robin has been pictured using a gun? Jason picks one up a FEW times in the 80s-- for example, I think he uses one in Batman: The Cult as well.
But backing up a bit, Jason's first featured time out in the 80s (Batman #411) also has him flying off the handle in the violence catagory a bit:
Okay, so yelling "I'll kill you" doesn't put a lot of points in the "hero" catagory, but--to be fair--he has an understandable (and common for Robins) reason here. Namely? Parent issues and Batdickery...
But like a good little Robin, Jason does NOT try to kill Two-Face next time he and Batman face him... so one would assume this isn't so different than Dick's confrontation of Zucko or Jason Todd #1s confrontation of Killer Croc. At least it wouldn't be any different if this Jason Todd didn't seem constantly on the verge of killing someone!
Next post-- the famous "Did he or didn't he push him?" scene, more JT violence, and Robin II's time with the Teen Titans!