- Titans v.1 #15
Dick’s trying his hand at building a shelter but it doesn’t work very well.
written by Tim Seeley & Tom King
art by Mikel Janin
- Titans v. 1 #16
I need this story.
Like. I NEED IT.
That shot, man.
The Gothic old school horror tone.
Batman #237 Night of The Reaper
Featured in CBR’s Best 75 Batman Stories of All Time
Just a friendly canon reminder that Dick and Babs liked Jason.
No. Really. I have no idea why this is so hard to remember, and yet not only does fandom seem to struggle with this seemingly straightforward concept, canon writers are apparently completely incapable of comprehending this as well (Scott Lobdell, I am looking at you. I am looking at you so hard.)
I think the confusion seems to come from two major misconceptions that have been perpetuated in the years since Jason’s death:
(1) That Jason, in his role as “the bad Robin”, was so abrasive and unlikable that he never got along with the rest of the Batfamily, and was disliked by all.
(2) That Jason was clearly “doomed” from the start, and the other Batkids never saw him as fit or capable of carrying on the legacy, but knew right from the beginning that he would never succeed.
However, the bottom line is that both of these ideas are complete, utter, 100% nonsense.
Jason had some issues as a kid, sure. But contrary to what some people would have you believe, he did not actually go around antagonizing people just for the heck of it. He was angry at people who deserved his anger, not at the entire world. He was a sweet, lovable kid much of the time, and he had no problem getting along with others. Once everyone got adjusted to the idea of a new Robin, he got along perfectly well with both Dick and Barbara. They liked him. He liked them. They genuinely cared about him. End of story.
Am I saying no one ever accused Jason of being angry or impulsive? Not at all. Those qualities were there, and the rest of the Batfam worried about it. But you can’t define Jason, or his relationships with the rest of the Batfam, solely by that. Yes, he could be angry and impulsive. But he could also be kind, clever, determined, sweet, funny, lovable, and brave. And when Dick and Barbara looked at him, they saw all of that. They didn’t see some bad seed who was sure to meet a bad end. They saw a kid who had some issues, but who also had outstanding qualities. Someone they fully expected to succeed as Robin.
And he was someone they both loved, very much. They were shocked and horrified by his death, because it wasn’t inevitable. Because whatever story DC tries to sell you now, Jason Todd was not a doomed, angry misfit right from the very beginning. He was a a nice, likable kid (issues and all) who was like a little brother to Dick and Barbara. He could and did get along well with others, and the other Batkids were devastated when he died.
Why is this so hard to understand?
From Grayson #1
How did you guys like Grayson #1?? Tell me all your thoughts in vivid detail. Mine can be summed up with:
There were some glaring holes I noticed from an overarching plot perspective (ie why does he have to be dead to everyone? lol I still dgi) but I found it so much fun and the interior art was beautiful and colorful and dick was written in character and really that’s all it takes for dc to exceed my expectations these days haha
so what did you think?
He sets the body on the ground and goes back, and returns with another, and another, and another.
Old Bruce has had the same nightmare for decades, and it isn’t about his parent’s dying either.
I desperately hope Batfleck is going to be a post Jason Batman, because really Jason’s death defines the bat mythos far more than his parents dying ever did. This would make a great dream sequence for Dawn of Justice »
- JLA/Titans #02
Getting the priorities straight.