When the Red Hood figure debuted – I want to say it was at last year’s NYCC, I didn’t really care. I kinda hate Jason Todd. When I was reading comics as a little kid, I didn’t even know that some of the stories featured Jason & not Dick. When I found out they killed Robin, I was relieved to know it was Jason & not Dick (even though as I’ve gotten older, I can’t stand when they kill off legacy characters…).
I did think it was cool when Clayface posed as him in 2003’s Hush, but I’d be hard-pressed to tell you anything that has been done cool with the character since. His time as Red Hood never really caught my interest. I didn’t like what Winick did with him and I honestly didn’t particularly care for Morrison’s odd take on the character in Batman, Incorporated.
So, to recap. I don’t like Jason Todd. I don’t like that he’s not dead. I don’t care that he was the Red Hood. I didn’t like his portrayal in the handful of Morrison issues where he appeared in this costume.
But I love this figure. Mostly.
I’m usually a huge Grant Morrison fan. Every once in awhile, he does get a little too ‘out there’ for me, but I love reading his stuff when he’s on top of his game. His JLA run is still my favorite. All-Star Superman is spectacular. I happily followed along his epic run on Batman for years. Earth 2. DC 1 Million. Aztek. Animal Man. Doom Patrol. We3. SeaGuy. I could go on and on. Anyway, while I applaud Morrison’s writing one thing that he excels at is getting teamed with great artists who do great work for him, particularly when costume designs are needed.
And, sadly, almost no one on the design team at Mattel or in charge of approvals at DC seemingly feels like I do. The Morrison era is largely ignored when it comes to the toy line. I’ll admit – I’d go crazy if we could get any Ultra-Marines or the Hyperclan, but I know those are too out there. But I’m dying to get Zauriel or Aztek in the line. Or Prometheus. Frankenstein. Bulleteer. The Android Hourman. The new Knight & Squire. Dick Grayson Batman. And we got close with a Damian Wayne, but he’s been put in retail limbo.
Now, admittedly, Red Hood here hasn’t been on my short list, but now that he’s here I’d say he qualifies. His design just has a great toyetic, pop culture feel. He looks great on my shelf. He’s fun to pose and play with. I would’ve never thought – I didn’t think – that until I got him in hand. Continue to Page 2…