Detective Comics (1937-2011) #581
“No, Batman… I thought I hated him for… for what he did… but I don’t. I just kinda pity him… and in a way, that’s worse.”
This is just… a hugely important issue for Jason and, again, it just kills me that we don’t see more repercussions of this or even acknowledgements of it in later additions to his character. Because I read this as being huge — really, Two-Face probably has more impact on any of the members of the Bat Family than any other villain and yet it really feels like he receives the least concentration from the fandom. Most of the fandom focuses on his interesting relationship with Bruce and tends to kind of just forget how that ripple effects every other member of the family.
It’s a huge deal and I wish it got more emphasis — especially for Jason, because you really see more of his developing morals through this story than anywhere else prior to the incident with Felipe.
Oh my GOD, yes. I mean, and tell it straight — Two-Face *murdered Jason’s father*. THAT’S “what he did”. I might mix that up in my stories, change the murderer to someone else, but in that post-Crisis ‘89 canon? It’s right there on the page.
The one time we see Jaybird cry is when he finds out that Bruce had omitted that little factoid from everything else he told Jay during Jay’s training — and Jay cried his eyes out for it. Now a lot of that was due to the lie of omission itself, but *still*.
And here we have this beautiful little hero, this incredibly passionate and *compassionate* and *loving* young man who has every right in the *universe* to hold on to rage and hate and every other dark thing about Two-Face…
But he doesn’t.
And he can’t.
And yeah, even *I* forget that sometimes.
Fuck, Jay is the best.