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Gotham Gazette: The Bat and the Cat are Back

Welcome again to Gotham Gazette! I hope you’re all having fun with your summer season, as a result of Jason Todd positive isn’t. It’s possible you’ll recall that I just lately wrote about his new standing because the proprietor of the Iceberg Lounge, however as of Purple 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 through the Iceberg affair had been a bit tousled. Now that it’s throughout, Purple Hood has gotten his revenge on Cobblepot, however at what price?

Batman and Purple Hood had just 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 all the time thought-about their animosity to be “unfinished enterprise” that I hoped would sooner or later be resolved. Nonetheless, Jason’s actions on the Iceberg Lounge broke Batman’s belief and drove the 2 additional aside. Because of this, their relationship has been additional fractured. Now, due to some egging on by Damian, Bruce is satisfied that Jason is able to committing unspeakable horrors.

The Bat-Household drama just lately bled over to Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Occasion Leviathan restricted collection, the place Bruce confronted his former sidekick Jason Todd with the overwhelming proof that he was Leviathan. Jason denied it, however it’s clear from the strike pressure Batman introduced in that the Darkish Knight 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 in all probability wasn’t working a worldwide killer spy group.

However might Jason really be Leviathan? I contemplated this query in one other article just lately, and I’m not shopping for it. I’ll admit, I’m not nearly 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—no less than in addition to you possibly can “know” a fictional character. Jason’s world has been rocked by many issues just lately, together with the demise of his good friend Roy Harper throughout Heroes in Disaster, however he nonetheless has his personal ethical code, even when it’s a twisted one. As well as, Purple Hood’s aspirations have all the time been avenue degree, whereas Leviathan is main a worldwide group. Jason doesn’t like associating himself with teams, and his actions in Purple Hood: Outlaw has proven that his management abilities might 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. (Often it’s not a good suggestion to disagree with Batman, however I’m feeling daring at the moment.)

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 Purple Hood has performed some questionable issues, however does anyone place confidence in him? Jason has by no means been one to care in regards to the opinions of others, however it’s acquired to harm understanding that the most important detectives within the DC Universe suppose you’re answerable for a worldwide homicide conspiracy. And right here’s one other bizarre thought. Because it was Robin who first fingered Purple Hood, which means Damian is now extra trusted than Jason. Sure, the identical Damian who’s additionally been partaking in actually questionable conduct with reference to the villains he’s captured in Teen Titans.

That’s acquired to sting.

Batman’s relationship along 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 making an attempt to get well.

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.

In fact, their reunion doesn’t essentially imply {that a} second marriage ceremony is within the works, however poor Batman has had an actual powerful time since she left him, and it’ll be nice for them to lastly speak issues out. Tom King has teased some large 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 large goes down with these two, so it appears 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 likelihood? Tweet your ideas in my path!
 

Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, motion pictures and comics for DCComics.com and DCUniverse.com, is an everyday contributor to the Sofa Membership and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Observe him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.

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