Thursday, September 17, 2009
Batman and Robin #4 - DC
So this new Red Hood and Scarlet have shown up in Gotham. It appears that Scarlet is the little girl that Damian failed to save last issue. She's already been altered by Pyg, with his mask, but apparently the programming didn't take. So now . . now she's working with the Red Hood. The question is . . who is he? The obvious answer is Jason Todd. But . . I don't think that's the right one. But hooded menaces seem to be popping out of the woodwork in Gotham. As far as possibilities go . . there's a new socialite, Oberon Sexton, who keeps his face covered. Apparently his family was killed by criminals and in the process his face was scarred. There's also a new crime-lord in town, El Penitente, who's trying to bring all of the Gotham Underground under his umbrella. Working of him is a guy named Santo. He dresses in a suit, but he also covers his face with a hood. And he's bringing in a killer named the Flamingo, who we haven't seen yet. Apparently his kill record is impeccable, and he's ready to take on anybody. 'You think the Eater of Faces cares whether these idiots wear capes or drive flying cars?' So any of them, including Jason, could be the Red Hood. All we know for sure is that his catch phrase is . . 'Let the punishment fit the crime.' I'm going to throw another idea out there . . just for 'shits & giggles' . . maybe the Red Hood is Thomas Elliot. He seems to be noticeably absent this issue. Or . . he could be any one of the other hooded figures. But knowing Grant Morrison . . I don't think we're going to be getting the answer to this riddle any time soon. This one will probably be dragged out for a little while. Anyways, I thought this was an interesting issue, and . . a neat way to introduce us to this new character. Well . . the Red Hood isn't new, but . . whomever is under the hood appears to be new to it. And it looks like he wants to accomplish the same thing Batman does . . ridding Gotham of crime and evil. He and Scarlet just have a different way of going about it. I'm a huge fan of Frank Quitely. But, this issue the artist chores are taken over by Philip Tan. And I gotta' say . . this issue looks incredible. I really like his take on these characters, and Gotham in general. I really enjoyed this issue. Yes . . I know . . Grant's stories are a little 'out there'. But . . that's come to be expected. To me, the trick is to keep up with the story as it's going along, and then a few issues down the line, reread the last 4 or 5 issues all together. To me . . it seems to make more sense that way. Grant just throws all this stuff out there without giving us any clues as to whats going on. That all comes later. But then, once you know what's going on, and go back and reread it . . it all makes much more sense, and you can see the congruity. Anyways, I think this title is an interesting take on the Batman mythos, and I can't wait to see where it goes.