Welcome again to Gotham Gazette! I hope you’re all having fun with your summer season, as a result of Jason Todd certain isn’t. You could recall that I lately wrote about his new standing because the proprietor of the Iceberg Lounge, however as of Crimson Hood: Outlaw #36, that’s all fallen aside. Bunker, former Teen Titan and Jason’s chief enforcer, turned on him as soon as he discovered that he was secretly torturing Penguin in a panic room. I do know it’s Penguin, however Bunker has some extent, Jason’s actions throughout the Iceberg affair have been a bit tousled. Now that it’s throughout, Crimson Hood has gotten his revenge on Cobblepot, however at what value?

Batman and Crimson Hood had lately been rising nearer after spending years at odds. Jason’s been invited to extra Bat-Household conferences, and even participated within the household picture throughout this spring’s Detective Comics #1000 milestone. Jason Todd is a former Robin, and he’s Bruce Wayne’s legally adopted son, so I at all times thought of their animosity to be “unfinished enterprise” that I hoped would someday be resolved. Nevertheless, Jason’s actions on the Iceberg Lounge broke Batman’s belief and drove the 2 additional aside. Consequently, their relationship has been additional fractured. Now, because of some egging on by Damian, Bruce is satisfied that Jason is able to committing unspeakable horrors.

The Bat-Household drama lately bled over to Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Occasion Leviathan restricted sequence, the place Bruce confronted his former sidekick Jason Todd with the overwhelming proof that he was Leviathan. Jason denied it, but it surely’s clear from the strike drive Batman introduced in that the Darkish Knight now not takes him at his phrase.

Guys, it’s actually laborious to see the 2 of them like this. Don’t neglect, Bruce is Jason’s adopted father. What’s the worst factor your father ever falsely accused you of doing? It most likely wasn’t working a worldwide killer spy group.

However may Jason truly be Leviathan? I contemplated this query in one other article lately, and I’m not shopping for it. I’ll admit, I’m not pretty much as good of a detective as Batman or his allies, however after studying about Jason for many years, I really feel like I do know him—not less than in addition to you’ll be able to “know” a fictional character. Jason’s world has been rocked by many issues lately, together with the dying of his pal Roy Harper throughout Heroes in Disaster, however he nonetheless has his personal ethical code, even when it’s a twisted one. As well as, Crimson Hood’s aspirations have at all times been avenue stage, whereas Leviathan is main a world group. Jason doesn’t like associating himself with teams, and his actions in Crimson Hood: Outlaw has proven that his management abilities may use some work. So, whereas the true identification of Leviathan remains to be a thriller, I’m going to go forward and rule out Jason. (Normally it’s not a good suggestion to disagree with Batman, however I’m feeling daring as we speak.)

Batman isn’t even the one one who suspects Jason. Lois Lane, Inexperienced Arrow, Manhunter, Plastic Man and the Query all joined the Darkish Knight for this rooftop confrontation. Ouch! I do know the Crimson Hood has executed some questionable issues, however does anyone think about him? Jason has by no means been one to care concerning the opinions of others, but it surely’s obtained to harm figuring out that the most important detectives within the DC Universe suppose you’re chargeable for a world homicide conspiracy. And right here’s one other bizarre thought. Because it was Robin who first fingered Crimson Hood, because of this Damian is now extra trusted than Jason. Sure, the identical Damian who’s additionally been participating in actually questionable conduct close to the villains he’s captured in Teen Titans.

That’s obtained to sting.

Batman’s relationship together with his former ward could also be falling aside, however I’m thrilled about one other potential relationship being rebuilt. Tom King’s “Metropolis of Bane” has formally kicked off over in Batman #75 and the primary chapter featured the long-awaited reunion between Bruce and Selina. Batman and Catwoman haven’t spoken since she deserted him on the altar (or rooftop) in final summer season’s Batman #50, and I feel all of us are nonetheless attempting to recuperate.

Selina finds Bruce, who seems to be exiled from the Bane-controlled Gotham Metropolis, and we get one other playful spherical of the boat/avenue debate. (One thing tells me Batman and Catwoman will likely be arguing about this till the Darkish Knight’s 100th anniversary.) I nonetheless have many questions on the “Metropolis of Bane” time skip, however for now I’m simply completely satisfied to see the Bat and the Cat on talking phrases once more.

After all, their reunion doesn’t essentially imply {that a} second marriage ceremony is within the works, however poor Batman has had an actual robust time since she left him, and it’ll be nice for them to lastly discuss issues out. Tom King has teased some huge plans for the 2, and as soon as the “Metropolis of Bane” storyline wraps up, Batman and Catwoman will likely be starring in their very own King-written maxi-series. Clearly one thing huge goes down with these two, so it seems like “Metropolis of Bane” will likely be a narrative arc to maintain an in depth eye on.

What do you all suppose? Can Jason actually be Leviathan? Will Batman and Catwoman squander their second probability? Tweet your ideas in my course!
 

Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, films and comics for DCComics.com and DCUniverse.com, is a daily contributor to the Sofa Membership and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Comply with him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.