Sneak Peek: Under The Hood: The Lost Days mini-series

Published on March 19th, 2010

underthehoodIf you ask anyone who’s been reading comics for a sometime, who the biggest dick head is in comics, they would all tell you it’s ex-Robin; Jason Todd. The Robin that was beaten to death by Joker with a crowbar in A Death in the Family .” After all, this is the guy who tried to steal the tires from the Batmobile.

I was never a big fan of Jason Todd. I recall in 1988 calling  a A 1-900 number used to ask fans to decide if Jason Todd should live or die. Fans voted for Jason’s demise, by a minuscule 50.34% majority in a vote of 5,343 to 5,271.

Later on we found out that he became the Red Hood. Well now thanks to an all new Batman: Under The Hood DVD film. We’re going to get Jason Todd’s backstory, how this ex-Robin became one of the villains people love to hate. It will show the transformation from Jason Todd (ex-Robin) to one of the deadliest villains in all Batman comics.

Writer Judd Winick and artist Pablo Raimondi hope to answer that question in June with a all new ‘Red Hood: The Lost Days‘, a six-issue mini-series revealing the untold story of the man behind the Red Hood.

Winick, who we found out yesterday is going to be part of the new creative team on Power Girl, had this to say about the upcoming mini-series.

“I’m thrilled to return to this character, and it’s both a joy and challenge to tackle this new story. LOST DAYS tracks the time from the Red Hood’s rebirth to his return to Gotham. In it, we get to understand this anti-hero in a new way. I think it explains both how he’s sympathetic, and an unrepentant monster. He’s a wonderfully complex character, and I hope this adds some even greater depth to his mythology.”

The first two issues will hit before the release of the upcoming film Batman: Under The Hood DVD.  I am not sure if this is something I care about. I see why DC is doing this since it is good timing and marketing for the film. It does make me want to read “A Death in the Family.” one more time. It’s been a few years since the last time I read that book.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@comicimpact.com