Today’s Red Hood and the Outlaws #24 promised something: outlaws that kill.
But did they deliver? With Jason Todd, Red Hood going toe to toe with a certain Oswald Cobbleppot, The Penguin. And doing the big mask-off move…
No mind tricks here, we get origin, we get reveal, we get no going back… and a Jason Todd willing to do what Batman never would.
At that distance it would be difficult to miss. But just to be sure…
Right in the eye socket? Is that a confirmed kill of one of Batman’s oldest foes, by a Robin-turned-to-the-dark side?
The Penguin first appeared in Detective Comics #58 in 1941 and was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. A Gotham City mobster who fancies himself a “gentleman of crime”, often wearing a monocle, top hat, and tuxedo, and he uses high-tech umbrellas as weapons — though as The Joker pointed out in Batman #49, he has no idea why he uses the umbrella motif.
According to Bill Kane, the character was inspired from the advertising mascot of Kool cigarettes, a penguin with a top hat and cane — and that cane became an umbrella somehow. While Finger thought the image of high-society gentlemen in tuxedos was reminiscent of emperor penguins. Still, the umbrella remains a mystery. And now we’ll never be able to ask…
Well… Batman takes a look at the footage. As do we. Get to hear a few things too…
We circled that bit. Point blank it may be but somehow the Penguin is still… flapping. For now.
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #24
(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy, Alisson Borges
Bizarro is getting… worse. Worser? Worsest. The backward Superman’s diminishing cognitive state is causing problems for the rest of the Outlaws. Complicating things is the Red Hood’s vendetta against the Penguin-can the Outlaws stop Jason Todd from crossing a line he can’t return from? In Shops: Jul 11, 2018
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