The suit makes the boy…
The Renegade Robins Club is officially the Robin II Club now that Jay has taken the moniker! (Don’t worry, Hoodies: he won’t stay that way forever.) But what happens when Dick’s old rivals come seeking revenge against the Boy Wonder? Crazy Quilt targets the wrong Robin! And he’s not the only quirky recurring villain this time around. Expect an appearance by none other than Catman! Finally, get ready for a new villain to enter the ring: Doctor Fang!
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Jason meets the Man of Steel for the first time in Action Comics #556
Need to understand what’s going on in the issues we’re reading? Maybe I can help:
First, we’re skipping over a pair of issues because they skipped over Jay! Deadshot returns to town in Batman #369 and 'Tec #536. You may want to read them to know what’s happening with the Pennyworths or to see the brief first appearance of Doctor Fang. Deadshot’s last notable appearance before this story was 'Tec #518.
Crazy Quilt was a Boy Commandos villain in the Golden Age, but the “Renegade of the Rainbow” faced Dick Grayson’s Robin in 1951 (reprinted here as a backup in Batman #255). He stirred up trouble more recently in Batman #316, and Robin was key in defeating him there, too, so Quilt sees himself as more of a Robin rogue than a Bat-baddie.
Catman (not to be confused with Catwoman’s brother, King of Cats) first appeared in 'Tec #311. And since you can’t keep a good cat down, he returned in 'Tec #318, 'Tec #325 (where he is revealed to have 9 lives thanks to his costume), Batman #323-324, and 'Tec #509.
Here’s our schedule: 2019-12-09T06:00:00Z → 2019-12-22T06:00:00Z
Week 4 Reading (Eight Issues)
I. Crazy Quilt
II. Doctor Fang, Part 1
IV. Doctor Fang, Part 2
(Content Warning: Racist Language)
What is it with you and crowbars, Jay?
With this session, we have reached the first anniversary of Jay’s introduction. What is your overall impression of Jason Todd: Year One? How do you feel about his first solo mission?
Jay faces the fallout of being a legacy character. Which other enemies of the original Boy Wonder would you want to see Jason face? (Don’t say the Hudson U hippies!)
Two of Batman’s more colorful rogues return to bring cataclysm. Were you familiar with their previous stories, or are you just now being catechized in this category? Am I guilty of catachresis with these puns?
The Doctor Fang issues and the Green Arrow backups express concerns over social issues such as race and poverty. How do you feel about the way these stories handled the topics?
Julia Pennyworth is now officially a regular part of the cast. How do you feel about her inclusion? How do you feel about the parallels drawn between her backstory and Jason’s?
Oh, no! Not already!
- Stop trying to kill Robin, Doug Moench!
- Kill him faster! We want our Red Hood!
- Nice callback to Batman #156!
- Nice callback to Michelangelo’s Pietà!