Batman: Under the Hood vol 2

Issue #645

Cover Date: November 2005
Subtitle: Show me Yesterday, for I can't Find Today
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Alfred had Jason's casket exhumed. He thought back on their first meeting, after Batman had brought him to the cave when he was caught stealing the tires off the Batmobile. He thought of a case where Batman and his new Robin took down Captain Boomerang. He thought of the first instance where Jason had used too much force.
Batman took the coffin to the cave. He was sure it was the one Jason was buried in - the man who built it also built his parents'. The sensors were still in place. Bruce realized there had never been a body in the coffin.

Issue #646

Cover Date: December 2005
Subtitle: Franchise part 1: Supply Side Economics
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Shane Davis, Rodney Ramos, Wayne Faucher, Lary Stucker
Storyline: Batman burst in on a huge meth lab. He ordered everyone out and showed them a wall full of C4. As he went to disarm it, Red Hood - Jason - told him why he shouldn't. He was given 8 seconds to escape, and he made good on it. Batman barely got out before the entire building exploded.
Black Mask was informed of the loss of both is meth lab and an arms shipment from Bludhaven, also destroyed by Red Hood. While discussing it, Black Mask spotted a man on a nearby roof and ran. Jason shot a rocket into his window.
Black Mask was approached by Deathstroke. He invited the crime lord to join the Society. Batman and Jason both watched.

Issue #647

Cover Date: January 2006
Subtitle: Franchise part 2: The Away Team
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Alfred noticed Batman hesitate in the cave.
Black Mask spoke to Deathstroke about the lack of support from the Society - he was not impressed with Hyena and Captain Nazi. Deathstroke assured him a third member would be arriving soon to make the team complete. Red Hood would be dead.
Red Hood sprung their trap and was soon joined by Batman. They worked together against the Society's assassins, pulling off moves they'd practiced years before. Count Vertigo joined the fray. Batman turned on his cowl's sonar and was able to get a handful of Vertigo's cape. He punched Hyena with it, and the beast attacked its teammate. Red Hood killed the Nazi and escaped.

Issue #648

Cover Date: February 2006
Subtitle: All They do is Watch us Kill part 1
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Alfred received a package from Jason - two first edition books. Only Dick and Jason knew of the collection he and Bruce had. He immediately called Bruce, who dropped everything and sped home.
Black Mask, with Red Hood watching, killed his own inner circle.
After scanning the boxes, Alfred told Batman the contents - a lock of green hair and an address. He relayed the latter to him. Mask and Hood got into an argument which escalated into a brawl. Todd got a pool cue stuck in his back; Sionis got a few slashes from his adversary's knife. Batman found them struggling with the knife, but when he got to them, Jason was laying on the floor with it stuck in his sternum.

Issue #649

Cover Date: March 2006
Subtitle: All They do is Watch us Kill part 2
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Eric Battle, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Batman burst in on Black Mask and his dead victim - it wasn't Jason. He'd placed someone else in his outfit and was using a microphone and speaker to communicate with his adversary. The real Jason was holding Joker at knife-point.
Black Mask soon realized Batman was also being played, and that the Red Hood used to work for the Bat.
Joker and Red Hood bantered back and forth, neither really getting the upper hand until Jason told him he wasn't as crazy as he wanted people to think.
Batman and Jason met at Crime Alley. They watched Chemo being dropped on Bludhaven.

Issue #650

Cover Date: April 2006
Subtitle: All They do is Watch us Kill part 3: It Only Hurts when I Laugh
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Eric Battle, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: Jason marveled at the irony - if Dick were in Bludhaven, Batman would be too late to save his "boy sidekick." He set off a small charge when Batman attempted to leave. He promised that if he did, Joker would die. The two former partners went at it. Jason pulled a gun on him and told him he was forgiven for not saving him all those years before. He opened a door to show the Joker and asked why he was still alive. He lectured Batman about how he would have killed Joker had the tables been turned and Batman was dead then. Batman told him how much he wanted the Joker dead, but feared he'd never be able to stop himself if he killed him. Jason put a gun to Joker's temple and gave Batman a pistol. He gave him a three count and someone was going to die (either Batman would kill Jason or Jason would kill Joker).
Batman was able to get a batarang in and cut Jason. He fell. Joker grabbed a gun and shot some C4. The entire building exploded with Batman screaming for his old partner.

Annual #25

Cover Date: 2006
Subtitle: Daedalus and Icarus: The Return of Jason Todd
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Shane Davis, Mark Morales
Storyline: Time was "set right" by the history-altering punches of Superboy Prime on the walls of reality. Six months after he was buried, Jason Todd awakened in his grave and dug himself out. He was found by a young couple and taken to a hospital where he fell into a coma (though he was alive - he still had all the injuries from the beating and explosion).
A year later, he awakened from his vegative state and left his convalescent home. He was still not right and only working on instinct. He lived homelessly for a year.
Another homeless man saw him in action and realized he'd seen those actions before - three years previous, he'd been witness to Batman and Robin. Word got to Talia, who acquired the former Boy Wonder. After keeping him for a year, she placed him in a Lazarus Pit against the wishes of her father. She gave him means to survive and set the recovered boy on his way.
He vowed vengeance upon learning that the Joker was still alive. He met up with Hush and came face to face with Batman once again, only to disappear - his appearance was thought to have been Clayface.

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Timeline of the annual:
  • Jason dug himself out of his grave six months after being buried.
  • One year later, he awakened from his coma and disappeared.
  • One year later, he was discovered living as a homeless person and given to Talia al Ghul.
  • One year later, Talia placed him in a Lazarus Pit, released him, and told him to find the truth.