Some information on Artemis and her friction with Jason here.
“Jason Todd,” Lobdell told Inverse, “wasn’t brought up being told he’d take over as Dark Knight. Bruce wasn’t like, ‘okay buddy, you’re gonna grow up and be another Batman,’ so then he had this tragedy, and now he’s Red Hood,” Lobdell said. “Artemis was raised in the Egyptian country of Amazons, and she was told, ‘you’re smart and you’re pretty and one day you’re going to lead us,’ but when her small fractions of the Amazons was integrated with the rest, she was just another really good warrior in a group of women raised to be the same thing. She always kind of saw herself as a Wonder Woman, and then she was told, ‘Nah, no thanks, we already have one of those.’”
So Artemis sort of has her old backstory although no mention of her exile yet.
“Not only will there be friction before things settle, but there will be friction as the series goes. Jason thinks he’s the toughest guy on the block, trained by Batman himself, and Artemis sees him as a three-year-old who’s going to hurt himself with the weapon he’s holding. She believes she’s forgotten more than Jason could ever know about war or conflict. The art of war, that’s something Jason read in a book, but Artemis has been alive for a very, very long time.”
The conflict is clear in Lobdell’s first Rebirth issue, which introduces Artemis as a frustration to Jason Todd. “He’s going to react to a gorgeous Amazonion calling him out all the time,” Lobdell laughs, recalling the final panel in his Rebirth comic.Interesting, this changes up her background. Her people--the Bana-Mighdall--were Amazons that were mortal. Taking that away does get rid of that whole buying sex slaves to make babies problem her people had. Now she's an immortal, at least she doesn't age. If anyone would act like this it would be Artemis and while Jason's usually mature (despite what some say) I think it would get on his nerves after a while. I remember Lobdell saying he wanted to build up Kori, Roy and Jason's relationship more in interviews before the first series came out. They were going to go their separate ways when Jason took off in the first issue. If Artemis is older than him then seeing him as a child makes so much sense. This sounds like she's going to win their fight next month.
Another interview here.
I can see the burger thing being confused. It's easy to make assumptions since it's the first issue and usually the origin is all in one issue. That's not always the case we're just used to it. I'm beyond thrilled that more of Jasons' past will be revealed and more of Ma Gunn is possible. I didn't copy the section about the Outlaws or Geoff Johns coming up with the idea for the other two joining in. I agree with the first and I'm intrigued by the second.
Another interview here.
It sounds like Jason is a little traumatized by the loss of his friends which is sad. He didn't do anything wrong and doesn't see it that way. I hope that Roy and Kori show up at some point and have a positive relationship with him.
(I didn't copy some other bits but here's some thought on what's said.) I'm glad we didn't get the other characters for the Outlaws. I don't know how that would have worked.
I'm looking forward to more flashbacks.
You never know, Batman might turn up at some point. I do love the image of Jason and him going to Starbucks in their uniforms.
Their relationship is arguable the most complex of the whole Bat family, It's definitely the one that hits me the hardest. The trust issue is an ongoing problem that's fascinating. I think Batman trust Jason with his life and missions. To let him go into darker situations? Not so much. Also the idea of Jason having a son of his own is great, I don't think anyone has ever written a happy future for him much less one with a kid.
Looking forward to Bizarro being different.