Batman: Under the Hood

Issue #635

Cover Date: February 2005
Subtitle: Under the Hood part 1: New Business
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Batman battled it out on a rooftop with a man in a red mask. Their fight poured over into the streets, where Batman lost his mask. The man in the red mask pulled his off to "keep it even."
Bruce thought back five weeks previous to the gang war. Lucius Fox visited him. Kord Industries (Wayne's R&D) had fallen victim to hostile takeover. Bruce was removed from the Board of Directors. Batman feared all his weapons would now be available to the public.
The Red Hood met with a group of drug runners, asking 40% for full protection from both Black Mask and Batman. For proof, he provided them with the heads of all their lieutenants, which he'd gathered in a two-hour time span.
Black Mask recruited Mr. Freeze.


Issue #636

Cover Date: March 2005
Subtitle: Under the Hood part 2: First Strike
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Nightwing joined Batman on a case going after a big shipment of something "big." Batman seemed happy to be working with his first partner again. The cargo they came across was some "super villain" leftovers: Joker bombs, boomerangs from Captain Boomerang, Mr. Freeze's gun, etc. They escaped when the ship exploded. Red Hood (though they didn't know him) was spotted on a rooftop and they gave chase. Batman noticed quite a few things familiar about their prey. He led them to Amazo, an android created to take down the JLA.
Mr. Freeze was fitted for a new suit while Black Mask was informed of the Red Hood.


Issue #637

Cover Date: April 2005
Subtitle: Under the Hood part 3: Overnight Deliveries
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Black Mask and Mr. Freeze talked about their 'partnership.'
Batman placed a diversion while he planted a batarang-bomb in Amazo's leg. He and Nightwing fled. The android caught up with them, but together (and with the help of the car), they destroyed it.
Black Mask heard about the incident almost immediately, then received a call from Red Hood - he had the crate full of Kryptonite.


Issue #638

Cover Date: May 2005
Subtitle: Under the Hood part four: Bidding War
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Batman clued Nightwing in - where they were standing had housed over 100 pounds of Kryptonite very recently. Red Hood spoke with Black Mask and gave him his demands for the safe return of the precious rock. Black Mask sent Mr. Freeze to kill the guy and recover the Kryptonite. At the trade-off location, a shoot out began. Red Hood took down Freeze's goons before Batman showed up. Both criminals escaped.
Red Hood found the Joker, beat him with a crowbar, and revealed himself to be Jason Todd - the second Robin.


Issue #639

Cover Date: June 2005
Subtitle: Family Reunion part 1: The Word on the Street
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Red Hood took out his sixth arms shipment (all Black Mask's stuff).
Batman took Zatanna to the last Lazarus Pit. She confirmed that it had not been altered since it was sealed. He then consulted Jason Blood. Green Arrow had no answers for him, either.
Onyx took down a drug deal. The sellers confessed to working for Red Hood. Red Hood found Onyx.


Issue #640

Cover Date: July 2005
Subtitle: Family Reunion part 2: While the Cat's Away
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Paul Lee, Cam Smith
Storyline: Red Hood and Onyx spoke about what they were seeing. He invited her to join him in taking the gang down. She obliged. After taking down the group, Red Hood turned a gun on them and killed them all. As Onyx attempted to stop him, he stabbed her and turned the gun her direction.
Elsewhere, in Metropolis, Batman met up with Superman. He questioned the Man of Steel about his 'death' and return.


Issue #641

Cover Date: August 2005
Subtitle: Family Reunion conclusion
Writer(s): Judd Winick
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Storyline: Batman approached Onyx's location and thought of Jason. He arrived to find Red Hood standing above a bleeding Onyx. Red Hood began firing at him. The two battled it out onto the rooftop where Batman lost his mask. Red Hood removed his to reveal himself as Jason Todd. To make Batman believe him, he made sure he put fingerprints on a batarang and cut his head to leave a blood sample. Jason told him it was he who he fought in the graveyard - before switching with Clayface (see Hush). Red Hood escaped; all Batman's tests showed positive that he was indeed Jason.


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notes

  • Jason Todd, thought to be dead, returns as the "Red Hood."