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Sunday, November 18, 2012 

Jason Todd: resurrected just to be attacked by the Joker again

Scott Snyder spoke with the Washington Post about his aggravating crossover called Death of the Family, and what he has in store for the pointlessly resurrected Jason Todd:
DB: Fans will no doubt remember the Death in the Family storyline [when the Joker murdered the second Robin, Jason Todd]. Now that Jason is back among the living, what can fans expect when the Joker comes face to face with the Red Hood? I’m not saying they haven’t met before since Jason’s been back, but there’s still a dark history between these two.

SS: Oh yeah, and Joker is going to put him through the ringer like you’ve never seen before. He wants to say “you are why Batman is weak. You are why Batman is soft and old and no fun to play with anymore and deep down Batman wants you all dead. That’s why he allowed me to do that to you Jason ... and so I’m going to do him a favor.
Wow, bringing Jason back only to put him through even more hell than the Joker caused him after clubbing him senseless and leaving him to die in a room with a bomb he failed to disarm in time. The "tribute" to the older story by Jim Starlin is clear. Snyder only wants to show how he really doesn't like Jason at all, and his only interest is putting him through more than bit of sensationalized mayhem all for the sake of it.

At the end of the interview, Snyder says the following about the Clown Prince of Crime:
...one of the brilliant things about the Joker: He takes things that his adversaries think are strengths and convinces them that they are actually weaknesses.
No, he doesn't. Otherwise, Batman and company would have realized long ago that the only suitable place to put the Joker is in the afterlife, and Batman wouldn't have persuaded Jim Gordon not to kill the Clown Prince of Crime after he slew Sarah Essen in the late 90s. I don't forsee any difference here, and even if they do put the Joker to death, it's not bound to last. As history has shown, the big two put a bigger value on the supervillains than they do on the heroes and their supporting casts, most of whom have been phased out of the stories in recent years.

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This story sounds completely pointless, just like the "Under the Red Hood" story that brought Jason Todd back in the first place.

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