Every Red Hood Costume Unites in Art that Shows Jason’s Tragic Journey

This Task Force Z variant cover by Jim Cheung is easily one of the best visual representations of Jason Todd’s journey as Red Hood thus far.

Variant cover art for Task Force Z #12 features Jason Todd in his many costumes over the years, from Robin to Red Hood. This striking cover visually demonstrates Jason’s journey over the decades. He may have began as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, but Jason Todd has become his own man. This cover seems to ask whether that man is a hero—or something sadder.

Jason Todd was introduced as Batman’s new Robin in 1983 in Batman #357 by Gerry Conway, Don Newton, Alfredo Alcala, and Adrienne Roy. Jason’s rocky history with Batman involves his own gruesome death and resurrection, but his pro-killing ideology as the Red Hood has previously put him at odds with almost all other Gotham vigilantes. Though Jason’s career as Red Hood began as more strictly villainous, he has steadily earned the “anti-hero”—or maybe even a “hero”—title. Most recently, though, Red Hood has (again) been at odds with the Bat-Family in Task Force Z, where he has been teaming up with undead villas—as well as Two-Face—to achieve his righteous ends.


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Task Force Z #12 is the final issue of the series, and this variant cover by Jim Cheung is a fitting summary for Jason’s journey so far. The cover’s foreground features Jason, helmet off, in his most recent Red Hood suit. Behind this Red Hood is a trail of Jason Todds. In the middle ground there are four classic Red Hood suits, including the original suit from Under the Red Hood and the pill-headed suit from Grant Morrison’s run on Batman & Robin. In the background perches a young Jason in his Robin suit with Batman’s giant shadow looming ominously behind all these many Jason Todds.


This cover is easily one of the best visual representations of Jason’s journey thus far. Red Hood has struggled with his own moral journey—especially when compared to Batman’s strict moral code—for decades. This cover, while tracking his costume and weapon changes, also tracks Jason’s struggle with living up to Batman’s legacy and Jason’s own personal struggle with his career as Robin and his untimely death. The main feature of this art, of course, is the Jason-trail—but note, too, that the art is set in a graveyard. In the very back, Robin perches on a gravestone, and in the very front Red Hood leans against another. Death looms large in Jason’s story, and this cover pays tribute to that just as much as it honors all the many great Red Hood designs.

Jason Todd’s journey as Red Hood has been a difficult one, but this cover art by Jim Cheung shows how Red Hood’s design choices over the years have helped chart Jason’s heroic journey. Jason Todd’s heroism—depending on one’s definition of the word—is currently on display in Task Force Z, where his morality is being put to the test. The series is a must-read for Red Hood fans, especially as the book comes to a close with issue #12 and Jason Todd grapples with his choices—morally sound or not.

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Source: League of Comic Geeks

Task Force Z #12 will be available from DC Comics on September 27, 2022.

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