Roy wants them to go legit instead of remaining Outlaws. Jason hasn't accepted the idea quite yet. Now the duo have to face Mimes in Paris.
There are times when I have read the opening page of RHATO and couldn't help but grin. I'm glad to see RHA continues that tradition because I can almost hear the reactions to said opening page with Jason in a shower. Roy interrupts to use his flame thrower glad to see his invention worked. Given how Jason died that's kinda insensitive of Roy to say nothing of how crazy that was. You have to respect Jason for not screaming. It seems like Kori kept Roy more restrained as he now keeps butting into his friends' privacy and testing out inventions on him. Jason has truly become a patient person to not beat the crap out of him as Roy really tests the limits of their friendship.
It seems like Roys' claim last issue was accurate as he's talked Jason into a number of things. Given the fact Jason spends most of his time crime fighting he didn't care much about where they lived as roommates. Only Roy has already spent all their money on parts and gotten them evicted. Roy shrugs it off as he says they still can work for Battleworth. She's not as friendly as last time since she points out their outlaws and claims they stole her money. Since she didn't object last issue and offered to hire them right after that's stretching the truth. Jason's not sure how much she really knows given her rep but she wants to know everything about them and test them first.
They have to get sensitive information from a diplomat without causing too much attention. Only it's Jasons' turn to "screw up" as he thinks they should beat up bad guys before their mission. Which naturally attracts attention. Yet he makes sure they end up at dinner with the guy their looking for right next to them. The day is saved only the information on the drive turned out to be cartoons. I like this twist, it does faintly remind me of the snow globe "treasure" they found. Only they switched out the thumbnail drive. Which should bite them in the ass at some point. They get their next job which seems to be from the bad guy their fighting next issue.
Overall: I'm sure the shower part was supposed to be nothing more than a gag since Lobdell jokes around when Jason is naked. (Jasons' awkward first meeting with Kori and fighting the police in nothing but a pink towel.) But when you think about it Roys' behavior is disturbing. Is he really that thoughtless or is he trying to pressure Jason into going legit? Something else? While the art is fine it does make Roy look a bit sinister when he's stressing Jason out.
So far Roy seems obsessed with three things: their job, building things and Jason. He tries to put all three things together which could be more than a simple running gag about Roy being reckless. Lobdell has said that without Jason around Roy is self destructive. Is he trying too hard to hold on and scared of losing his best friend like he lost Kori? Trying to include Jason in everything and maybe impress him? Missions don't impress Jason but (as stated in this issue) they are a huge part of his life. Jason doesn't dole out large amounts of praise yet there's one thing he has complimented Roy on: his inventions. Roy needs validation, we saw him being clingy in RHATO and it's worse here.
Jason has put a lot of trust in Roy and it looks like it was misplaced as he struggles with dealing with him as a roommate. Back in RHATO we learned that growing up one of Jasons' biggest fears was starving to death. When he's trying not to lose his temper with Roy he brings up the point they need to eat not where their live. That fear is still present making the scene have more depth. He seems to be trying hard to be there for his bestie which maybe why he's willing to put up with so much crap.
The concern Jason shows over Roy potentially falling off the wagon is touching. We've never seen Jason comment on it before but he realizes it's a problem he needs to prepare for. Given his mothers' addiction to drugs and the hints of his dad being an alcoholic it might be a major worry of his. Since Roy has overcome the temptation for so long it's one of the things Jason admires about him. Luckily Roy hasn't had a drop and wants Jason to know he can trust him. It's a sweet scene that feels like another callback to RHATO only this time their seats are different and it's Jason asking if Roy is ok.
I love that Lobdell wrote Jasons' thoughts mirroring my own when Roy starts checking out the women in Paris. That Roy is trying to process Kori leaving and isn't (at least in DCnU) so girl crazy. Yet he doesn't say anything outloud. He does see that work is good for Roy which sort of confirms my theory about Jason doing this just to help him. Later on he thinks about Roy needing to be part of something bigger but doesn't think that life is for him. Jason assumes he'd just screw it up and I think he might have purposely fought the baddies before their mission because he's rejecting this legit idea.
I liked the detail of Battleworth and Jason both telling Roy he doesn't know what he's doing. It shows that their on the same page and perhaps have more in common. It also reminds me of the limo scene in RHATO when Kori and Jason said the same thing in union to shut Roy up.
Video Game parts were cute and a nice way to trim down on the battle scenes enough to make this one shot story fit. Most of this issue dealt with Jason and Roys' relationship and how they want different things. Jason is trying to be supportive and he is for the most part but he doesn't think it's the right life for him. Roy needs people and Jason hasn't had the best luck. He doesn't expect anyone to praise him and doesn't care about the spotlight. Roy wants positive attention which is why Jason puts up with a lot of crap as he walks a fine line of being a good friend and doing what he thinks is best for himself. They know each other well know to figure things out like Roy knowing Jason wasn't picking a random place for dinner. Jason even allows Roy to ruffle his hair which is fairly major. Amazing character work and a very satisfying read.
Say What?: I know Bruce found Jason as a teenager but he should still be a teen if Dick is 21.
I'm pretty sure the bat cave has been shown having a shower. I suppose it could have been installed after he died or it didn't have hot water.
I really wish Lobdell wouldn't mention the LOA as that looong arc did nothing for the trio. Nothing positive anyway.
Jason says Roys' been on the wagon almost as long as he's known him. Tynion had them meet when Roy was drunk but that didn't really fit since Jason was grounded at the time. This issue does imply that they met when Jason was Robin (perhaps earlier than Tynion implied.)
Did You Notice?: I'm glad to see Roys' tattoos are still present.
Jason and Roy don't have the same hair cuts as last issue. No idea if their go back once another artist takes over.
Questions Raised?: How could they already get evicted? Last issue showed them fighting mimes (this issue) which the text box said was one week later. Maybe Roy just has a special talent for these things.
What happened to all of the money Jason had? Or all his safe houses?
At this point I can only shrug that the guys (particularly Jason) don't bother hiding their IDs. But why was Battleworth unfamiliar with their previous work? She knew Arsenal by sight and wanted to talk with Red Hood. She had to have some idea who they were.
I assume that was Battleworth that saved the mimes so it seems they were right when they decided not to give her the real drive. Is she a villain or just someone with her own agenda.