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Red Hood and the Outlaws (52 version)

I had forgotten how my enjoyment of a Jason that was in many ways a possible path Bruce Wayne never took (something he'd kill me for saying) is absolutely annihilated by the... I don't know the right word, objectification would be the right one if it had never been used before and kept the full shock it should by all rights carry... of Starfire. Even for the often offensive standards of mainstream comics, it was sickening.

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Q: Why didn't Jason just blow up Batman to smithereens and then set up to control Gotham's crime?

A: Because just like Bruce's fight against crime — and his refusal to kill — are side effects of his desperate need to have his parents back, Jason's fight against crime — and his scruples to kill Bruce — are side effects of his desperate need for Bruce's love to overpower Bruce's issues.

Given how the DC universe works, I'd say Bruce has a an slightly greater chance of having his impossible wish fulfilled.

Jason shouldn't have gone back to Gotham. He was blossoming up as a sneakier version of Punisher. His life was interesting, he was doing good work, and he was getting both support and space from a Talia al-Ghul that was almost openly proud of him.

But you know how things are. Bruce is Jason's Gotham: dark, hurtful, bigger than life, and impossible to walk away from.

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