The boys get their first non-Battleworth mission.
Roy saves Jason from falling in the most painful manner possible. Dammit Roy, you've been putting Jason through a lot of crap and your solution is shooting him with an arrow?! After all that time inventing he didn't come up with something for this? I mean it is nice to have Jason finally admit to himself that he trusts Roy more than anyone else. I certainly think that level of trust was building up to the point I believe that statement. I just wish he wasn't doing dangerous things to his best friend. Climbing up the building with people cheering him does come off like a darker version of 66' Batman.
After seeing the billboard Roy put up Jasons' not too happy and they discuss the merits of making a job out of their mission. Battleworth isn't pleased either since the ads Roy put up have gotten more attention than she'd like. Since she works in secrets this also means she can't hire them anymore. Naturally Jason doesn't get Roys' behavior and asks why he obsessed with money since they just received a huge check. Once again Roy spent it all.
Their client isn't on the up and up showing that yes Jason was right to worry who would call for their services. Underbelly, a living thought feed by all crime wants them to be his enforcers. He (it?) kills his aid prompting Jason to shoot him 20 or so times. The only reasons Jason agreed to come was the fact he knew giving their number out would attract the wrong people. He changes his mind on the ad once he realizes this can give them a better opportunity to to take out baddies that will seek them out. They decide to go to Gotham to find Underbelly only to find Bat-Gordon.
Overall: Jason continues to be incredible for not losing it with his bud. Roy putting up a billboard without his consent and using all their money is crappy. I'm glad Lobdell addresses Jasons' need to help innocents which would make him leery of charging those in need. I'm beginning to wonder when Jasons' going to have enough since he's not usually this much of a pushover. He raises good points about the flaws of Roys' plan such as knowing who is legit and who is hiring them as a joke.
The level of detail in each issue on him trying to help his buddy recover from heartache really builds on why he's such a good friend. It also shows that yes, Kori leaving was a big loss. Roy wants to be somewhere sunny--like where he grew up--but not an island. Ouch. Jason does realize he is partly responsible for not being able to say no to the bad choices Roy makes. I think it's partly due to Jason not being used to having a good friend and not wanting to ruin things between them.
I was surprised that it was brought up that Jason was technically a crime boss which no one has mentioned for some time. The duffle bag bit is actually mentioned highlighting that yes, Lobdell has read up on Jason. Which sadly is more than can be said for other writers.
Jason himself didn't do anything impressive this issue, even Battleworth got an awesome moment where she figured out where they lived. I think this was my least favorite of RHA so far. I just found myself being annoyed with Roy especially when I thought of the bat family reacting to the ads. Roys' taking control of everything yet takes advantage of Jasons' image. I know this is building to something but I found it a bit frustrating especially since they ruined things (for now?) with Battleworth.
The art continues to be solid, particularly the action moments. I really felt for Jason getting shot and felt disturbed by Underbelly. There was also the detail of Underbelly not paying Roy any attention and instead focusing on Jason that really underlined why he failed to destroy them.
I'm not looking forward to Gordon and I can't help but feel annoyed with the last page. Two months of bat-Gordon.
Say What?: I know Lobdell is making Jason sound detached about the Robin intern bit but I've never been fond of that expression. It's one the higher ups used to explain why there were so many Robins in a small period of time.
Alfred must have really guilted Jason if he can't even curse when he's shot with an arrow and lifted up with it pulling him up. While we're on it--Roy has an arrowhead that can piece Jasons' armor?!
Bat Guy. Red Bat. I always wondered how civilians saw Jasons' connection to the bat family. Do they remember him from UTH? Wonder why he works in a different manner than Batman? I know we'll get Gordon's POV but it's nice to hear from another perspective.
Red Arse. Roy use some common sense. I think Jason is regretting the fact you're friends.
Jason says he loves cars. Probably a nod to steal the bat tires but Bruce once listed things that Jason loved. Cars were on the list.
Not sure about the villains the boys list since Lex Lurhor is on the JL, Joker wouldn't be so obvious and Off worlders seem too weird for the scenario. Although I suppose it crossed Jasons' mind that hiring them would be something Joker would do.
Roy you have no one to blame but yourself for him calling you, Mr. Arse. Not the way you did the ad. Also the "client" Jason shot was a criminal so yeah, he's getting shot.