A warmup sketch that maybe got a little out of control. But hey, it comes with all my thoughts on Jason Todd, AKA The Red Hood
Ultimately, I don’t think anything can top the Morrison/Quitely design as long as you’re imagining Red Hood as a kind of merciless vigilante. Batman and Robin was just about the only book that’s realized that if you were trying to be the Punisher, but you were trying to do it in the DCU, you’d wind up with something pretty darn sureal.
I think for my deisgn I was imagining Jason Todd as the protagonist of a Hawkeye-type book. I imagine him as somebody that doesn’t usually have time for an elaborate costume change, so he’s stolen The Question’s clothing-changing-gas trick and his featureless mask. Pretty appropriate, since Morrison seemed to be depicting him as a sort of Batman ‘66 version of Rorschach, who was himself based on the Question. This also allows me to throw in a little shoutout to the fact that everybody seems to like drawing Jason Todd’s hair in a different color. Now we can have it both ways!
He’s still got the same armored undershirt-worn-under-a-coat look, like in Kenneth Roquefort’s design, but as much as I like the idea of him still rocking a bat-symbol because dammit, he could only find the one armored shirt, I decided to give him a skull, like what he had in the Quietly design. The general sloping shape of the coat also owes a lot to how Forest Whitaker dressed in Ghost Dog, which informs a lot of my ideas about what a Red Hood book might be like. I see him carrying a briefcase, like Ghost Dog, with weapons and homemade gadgets conceiled inside. I think in general I wanted something that was both less glamorous and more cartoony than the Roquefort design.
I’m actually pretty happy with how this came out! My only regret is that I wasn’t able to continue making Jason Todd the hero who wears a smaller mask under his larger mask.