|[ DON'T BE CHEEP. SAVE ME. ]|
To QUOTE Marc Warren: “I don't regret things, because I learn from mistakes. If needs be, I always make amends”.
To be continued. Yet only if Jason and Damian don't end up killing each other first.
As is normally the case with any story involving Jason Todd, the best part of it is always the interaction between him and the other characters involved. Bruce struggling to be a good father for Damian, Jason looking to make amends for his previous actions, and Damian's knee-jerk reaction at the return of the prodigal son, all of which; really drives home how different the characters were in the old DCU compared with their New 52 counterparts.
Except for Jason, strangely, who is written very similar to how he is on the N52.
Ironically, this makes him the most interesting character in the story. In the pre Flashpoint universe, Jason was a very one dimensional and shallow character. His actions were erratic and the wish of vengeance against Batman, his only real motivation. Yet by making him more in line with his N52 version, Jason becomes a more nuanced character and is much more relatable and appealing to the audience.
Another huge boon for the issue is Denys Cowan’s pencils; so great that you can get this issue for the art alone.
Overall I felt that the pacing to this story was very-very odd. The first half, which introduces the setting, is just great. But once it actually gets involved with the Convergence plot, it loses all its momentum from then on in. Although, to be fair, this is a common issue with every Convergence tie-in, so its more a problem with the format of the event.
Another point I found distracting was Jason’s characterization. I know it’s contradictory to my earlier praising, but it simply can’t be ignored. While it is fantastic that he resembles his N52 version, it doesn’t mesh too well with the background he has on the pre Flashpoint universe. He did too much questionable stuff for Bruce to simply accept him back without reservations.
However, the biggest problem is that the story is entirely unremarkable. Marz’s writing, despite being pleasant, is pretty formulaic and never explores in depth the potential of the setting. We only get some glimpses of it before the story-line then becomes railroaded into the event.
I'd say 'Parenthood' was the central theme running throughout this particular story-line; mostly because Bruce was trying his best to understand his two sons, while Jason is trying to make amends for his past actions. So with this in mind, 'The Living Years' by Mike & the Mechanics is the perfect song to accompany this issue.
Essentially, Jason is doing his best in this book to earn Bruce’s trust by not hurting the annoying little kid that is trying to kill him, intentionally restraining himself for the greater good. So, I couldn’t help but think that Jason is trying to build a Bridge with his foster family, and put their past to rest.
This was an entertaining issue that despite its small flaws, is still pretty enjoyable. Whether you’re fan of the characters or just want to read more of the old DC universe, you will find something interesting within these pages.
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