Red Hood gets nasty by breaking his new rule

Red Hood has always been the most brutal member of the Bat Family, but a new glimpse of Nightwing shows him breaking up and breaking his own new rule.

When Jason Todd returned as Red Hood in the comics, he became one of the greatest crime lords and vigilantes Gotham City had ever seen. A preview for Nightwing 2021 Annual # 1, he goes back to his most ruthless roots.

The preview shows a car, containing an apparent criminal named Mr Lineker with armed bodyguards, ambushed by Red Hood and forced into an accident. As some of the car’s passengers attempt to crawl, Red Hood shoots them in the head, slowly approaching the burning wreckage. The event was taped, with Dick Grayson (Nightwing) and Barbara Gordon (Oracle / Batgirl) watching footage of Jason – who takes off his mask to reveal that it is indeed him – breaking his own new rule: don’t not use firearms.


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Batman has had a ‘no guns’ rule in the comics for decades, with the belief serving as the foundation for his character and ideology. However, when Jason returned from the grave in Batman # 635, he no longer supported his mentor’s teachings and frequently used dual pistols as the weapon of choice in combat. During the history of “Cheer” in Batman: Urban Legends, written by Chip Zdarksy with illustrations by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira, Jason decided to quit using guns after impulsively killing the father of a young boy who was a drug dealer.

We don’t know when Night wing the story unfolds though, as Jason not only returned to using guns but also wearing his “Outlaw” outfit. While he has been seen wearing this outfit alongside Nightwing for the past year or so. Robin # 5, “Cheer” ended with Bruce Wayne (Batman) gifting Jason his old uniform, which he wore in Backup Stories from Police comics # 1041 to # 1043 before being cast in the new Suicide Squad zombie series, Z working group. The cover of the annual issue features Nightwing and Red Hood, though the latter is in its Z working group armor, with no weapons in sight.

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As many Batman and DC fans may note that there are many characters, heroes, and villains out there who can change their appearance to look like others, whether through overkill abilities or technological upgrades. Dick seems to be hopeful that it’s not really Jason who commits the murders in the footage, before the removal of his mask apparently proves otherwise. The overview and solicitation for the problem can be found below.

Nightwing and Red Hood stand side by side on the cover of Nightwing's 2021 Annual.

ANNUAL NIGHTWING 2021 # 1

  • Written by TOM TAYLOR
  • Art by CIAN TORMEY
  • Cover by NICOLA SCOTT
  • US $ 5.99 | 48 PAGES
  • Variant of MAX DUNBAR
  • US $ 6.99 (card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/30/21
  • Dick Grayson and Jason Todd, the first Robins, both came out of the shadow of the bat long ago and began to take very different paths on their respective journeys to become what they are today. ‘hui. But now their paths converge and these two brothers unite for one purpose. With an escrima stick and crowbar combined, Nightwing and Red Hood are ready for anything … anything but what they face next! Don’t miss this explosive adventure!

An unknown gunman answers a phone call in a hotel.

Mr. Lineker is placed in a car with armed protection.

Something lands on the roof of Mr. Lineker's escort vehicle.

Red Hood is revealed to be the assailant, who shoots through the roof of the car.

Red Hood shoots and kills two people from the car.

Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon watch video footage of Jason's attack.

Red Hood takes off his mask to reveal it's Jason underneath.

Nightwing 2021 Annual # 1 is written by Tom Taylor with pencils by Cian Tormey and Daniel HDR, inks by Tormey, Raul Fernandez and HDR, colors by Rain Beredo and John Kalisz, and letters by Wes Abbott. The main cover art was created by Nicola Scott and Annette Kwok, with a cover variant by Max Dunbar and Hi-Fi. The issue goes on sale November 30 at DC Comics.

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Source: DC Comics

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