Batman & Red Hood #20

Batman & Red Hood #20

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 8, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 5
7.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

The massive fallout from the recent events in BATMAN, INCORPORATED take Batman to the very limits of his sanity...will The Red Hood pull him back-or push him over the edge?

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd May 12, 2013

    I loved this issue. Not just because Jason was in it, but of course that helped. I loved the way this was set up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting May 8, 2013

    For Batman doling out sweet, painful justice is his anti-drug and to see him so zealous, thirsty, and downright mean is a good wake-up call of what he's capable of. Sure he's a calm, brilliant strategist described by Superman as the "most dangerous man alive," but if you push him he becomes something truly frightening. A Batman with less restraint is always interesting to watch because it's a line he so rarely crosses without devastating repercussions as a result. And one poor guy definitely gets the short end of the Batman on a bad day stick. 9.0 Great art by Gleason.Tomasi makes this a bad-ass, fun ride despite the gravity of it all.Carrie Kelley is annoying, but I'll give her some more time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Robert O'Doherty May 11, 2013

    This issue was packed with quite a bit of narrative which I loved. The interaction between Batman and Red Hood was tense; you really get a clear glimpse if not already how far Bruce fallen into desperation; the art caters this theme through the dark shadows that cover Bruces face. I give props to all the artists that worked on the cover. Batmans rage filled expression exploding through the Red Hood helmet is instantly eye catching and warrants attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic May 13, 2013

    All in all, a very, VERY good read. Every once in a while Batman and Robin is a let down, but it's one of the more consistently well written titles coming from DC's arsenal. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Jeremy May 9, 2013

    Carrie Kelley spoils this from being a perfect issue for me. However, I'm forced to admit that there was nothing actually wrong with the Carrie Kelley section of the story other than the fact that I hate her. Narratively, there was nothing wrong in this issue. If you are remotely interested in Batman and Red Hood, you owe it to yourself to pick up this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 10, 2013

    Full of emotional swerves, this issue actually succeeds in making Jason Todd a figure of sympathy even as it pushes Batman ever closer to the edge of self-destruction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman May 8, 2013

    Tomasi and Gleason continue to prove why I love this title. Filled with emotion and a unique look, this series is handling the tragic events over in BATMAN, INCORPORATED exceptionally well. Despite me being mostly uninterested in Kelley, it's obvious she's going to be a factor in this book for at least the near future. I just hope this opportunity is used to illustrate more memories of Damian and a part of his life we never knew about instead of citing famous quotes and having her fill the void he's left. Regardless, I'm optimistic about Tomasi's plans for this title and this is yet another excellent chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 11, 2013

    Why couldn't we have gotten this kind of story when Red Robin guest-starred? This was a great issue, especially for any Red Hood fans. Batman and Red Hood team up, they share some really touching moments together, then we get a dramatic, climactic fight in the very spot where Jason was killed all those years ago. Batman is still filled with rage over Damian's death, but now that rage is used to tell a great story between Bruce and Jason, instead of a story between Bruce and Frankenstein that Tim Drake just happens to appear in. Like I said, I'm very disappointed, but enjoyed the issue. The Carrie Kelley stuff remains relatively entertaining, though I think it's silly that she threw Bruce's money back in his face, or that Bruce can't just tell her that Damian is dead. Is Bruce Wayne really pretending to the world that his son is still alive? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 8, 2013

    The past two issues of Batman and... have been designed to show how both personas of Bruce Wayne and Batman are coming apart at the seams. His family is crumbling around him into the pit where Damian used to be, and his borderline-psychotic actions are doing nothing to help the situation. I understand why Tomasi is doing this, and he's doing a fantastic job writing it, but he's also slowly turning Batman into an emotionless obsessive whose singular mindset will be his own downfall. Honestly, I don't know how to feel about it and that excites me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay May 10, 2013

    I'm sure some people are wondering what Carrie Kelley has to do with anything, as anything with her might seem a little disjointed to the actual stories. But if the first 19 issues of this title in the New52 have taught me anything, it's that everything in this book is connected, even if it doesn't make sense at the time. So I can't wait to see what comes of this book's future, even after the grief. (Also, thanks to this issue, we finally know why Jason did what he did in Red Hood & the Outlaws #19. I'd say it might be a little justified.) Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey May 8, 2013

    The art, provided by pencillers Patrick Gleason and Cliff Richards, has some lovely moments, particularly in the opening pages with Carrie but the style change is noticeable if not overly distracting. Mark Irwin and Mick Gray's inks, along with John Kalisz's colours make for some powerful and stark tableaus that set the mood fairly well. Within the larger context of Tomasi's five stages of grief arc, it's a bit too close in tone to the last issue (Denial) to truly stand out but we'll see how it progresses as we move on to bargaining with Batgirl next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead May 11, 2013

    Batman and Red Hood #20 could have been a great issue of it weren't for the artistic missteps it takes throughout. Pick it up, but don't expect to remember it for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 12, 2013

    What's nice about this issue is that it continues to show Bruce's desperation in reconnecting to the son he barely knew, perhaps seeking to find the child that was lost in him. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin May 14, 2013

    Peter Tomasi continues to make the best out of Damian Wayne's death by exploring Batman's current relationship with his former sidekicks. Tomasi does a great job giving the reader a good sense of Batman and Red Hood's history through their dialogue instead of a bunch of flashbacks. The problem with their interaction is that Red Hood's personality is strikingly similar to Red Robin's. This fact cancels out the importance of both characters since there is no clear distinction between their personalities. At the same time, while I found a lot to like about the New 52 version of Carrie Kelly her integration into the series continues to feel forced. Hopefully with the next issue of Batman and Robin guest starring Batgirl we get to see a different direction taken with the current story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 8, 2013

    Overall I was disappointed. For an issue titled “Rage” there really wasn't very much of it. Sure, there are some punches thrown between friends, but it lacked the brutality to back up such a heavy theme. It was a battle that didn't look any worse than the average sparring match you see in the cave and the dialogue didn't have much punch to it either. Combine that with how annoyed I was with Carrie Kelly and we have something that let me down. It's not a bad comic, by far, but the series has been flying high since the annual and with a cover as jaw-dropping as this one I was hoping for something at least half as amazing to be in the book's interior. However, I will say that the final page of this comic has me, again, pretty hyped to see what comes next as we explore the bargaining stage with Batgirl. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 8, 2013

    All that being said, I enjoyed the issue up until the turn with Jason. The two shared some good emotional beats together, and it was fun to see them in action together for the first time in god knows how long. Carrie Kelley is also intriguing, at the very least. Nothing says "she's going to be the next Robin" to me, so that makes me really try and think as to how she'd fit in long term. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 9, 2013

    Not a bad read, but I also know this team is capable of more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb May 10, 2013

    In fact, the whole issue is a little rushed-seeming, with a few editing errors that could have been avoided (Carrie refers to "an envelope filled with cash" when the last issue ended with a big old check). Overall, though, it's always good to see comics writers (and characters) taking the death of a major character seriously. It would be a bit cheap for Batman to succeed in his quest to resurrect Damian, but the journey itself is the point. As long as that journey doesn't end too quickly with a Carrie Kelly Robin, "Batman and the Red Hood" (or whatever it's called next month) will be worth reading, if only as a reminder that Bruce Wayne isn't a perfect man of ice. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 13, 2013

    Although I think Todd overreacts to Batman's grief, the result is to push yet another member of the Bat-Family further from the Dark Knight Detective. Batman and Red Hood #20 also offers another appearance by Carrie Kelley looking for Damian, teasing that she's not going away anytime soon. Pass. Read Full Review

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