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As Good as Volume 1 ? Read on to find out!
on 23 September 2009
This is the concluding part of the story that deals with the character called the Red Hood, who has been revealed as the resurrected Jason Todd. Jason Todd was the second person to play Robin(after Dick Grayson - now Nightwing)and a character that DC fans voted on in a storyline that would either save his life, or end it. The fans voted and Jason was killed at the hands of the Joker, an event which Batman sees as his biggest failure.
This storyline picks up where volume one left off. Batman doesn't believe that is really seeing Jason and sets about trying to prove that it can't be home by doing what he does best i.e. using his detective skills. Finally, he accepts that it is in fact Jason and the plot moves forward to end up at a big finale. Aside from the main plotline there is a subplot which shows how and why Jason returned.
I really liked volume one, but i found this one a little bit unsatisfying. My main gripe is the fact that the ending is poorly handled. The main event takes place, and you expect something more to happen, but instead you get a background story to finish off the graphic novel. To me, this was pointless - the background story should have been before the main event of the story. The background story is actually quite good but it just doesn't belong where it should be!
Also, the main plotline just seems to stop - there is no real insight, clever twist or thought behind it.
I didn't dislike this book, but it almost feels like the writers had an idea, and didn't know what to do with it once it was up and running. There are some good ideas in here, and some good artwork too (despite the awful cover!) but all in all, it is let down by the plotline.
This is one i would recommend to people who are huge Batman fans, and to those who have read volume 1, but this is a series that doesn't quite fall into the 'essential Batman stories' and that is a shame because the basic premise was quite good. See what you think!