Their out of Gotham now and going back to go back work.
The exchange between Jason and Roy shows another good example of their characters. Roy having a pointless one sided discussion about the uniform he's wearing while Jason tells him to focus. While Jason is a Robin he's definitely more serious about his missions than people give him credit for. Earlier in their friendship he'd be more annoyed at Roy but he lets him get in the last word since it's not important to Jason. Roy still harbors some insecurities though as he keeps saying "partner" as he's ordered to disarm the bomb.
Five Hours Earlier and much to my delight they guys talk to Tara Battleworth again. She can't understand why the guys are risking their risking their Rent-A-Bat company by taking in JD. They send JD to meet with a psychologist which is nice to see in comics. On their job a lady named Noelle tells them that H.I.V.E. contacted them and she can't tell the Navy as they've been infiltrated. They take the job and stop the bomb. Duela can go either way and proves it by returning for her face mask.
Overall: I've missed the Rent-A-Bat story which really hasn't been fleshed out that much. I wanted to see how this works but I have a feeling this will be abandoned thanks to Rebirth and "Outlaws" going back into the title. That's one of the weakest parts in Lobdells' stories, the fact he can't even tell what he set up because higher ups decided the change things.
Yeah I'm kind of with Battleworth on this even if I'm glad to see her again it's surprising that they'd see her after she told them to get lost. Jason empathizes with JD as he was around her age when Joker killed him. It's obvious he's not seeing the whole picture because of his own past. I always felt like this was going to blow up in their faces. I had trouble buying her "I feel guilty" act last issue as it never felt genuine to me. Even if it was I wouldn't think it would be wise to have an unstable girl on the team. Why are Battleworth and the guys ignoring the fact she wasn't given an okay?
I have a bad feeling this is going to make the boys--or at least Jason--look bad in the publics' eyes making him an Outlaw again. Whether it will ruin their friendship is another concern. They were separated for so long that their banter really makes this issue great. There's some good insight on Jasons' feelings even him wondering if he's being too mean to Roy. The humor was spot on, something I hope will continue into the new series.
I liked that Jason does some badass things which impress Roy and the H.I.V.E. bad guy. Roy has gotten used to them being equals so when Jason pulls off something like getting them clearance it's a surprise to realize how amazing his buddy is. Something that Jason shrugs off because it's not a big deal in Gotham. Jason can also resist mind control thanks to his All Caste training. Another skill I'll have to add to the list that unfortunately the bat writers wouldn't bother to research.
Just three more issues to go.
Did You Notice?: The U.S.S. Excelsior, huh? I see what you did there.
Harley Quinn in the animated costume in JD's drawing. They met in Suicide Squad where Harley was less than pleased with her.
Colonel Klink and Admiral Warf. Did Jason let Roy pick the names? Although those guys can't be too bright if they think guys their age could get those ranks. I know Jasons' training made it work but still. Funny and ridiculous at the same time.
Questions Raised?: Roy disarms all the bombs they come across? Yeah it's Roy being snippy but Jason is kind of an expert on bombs.
I know I say this a lot but will the identity thing ever be a problem? Neither Jason nor Roy ever seem to care who sees their faces or knows their names.
Why did Tara send JD to a substance abuse councilor and not a psychologist?