Sunday, July 12, 2015

Red Hood - Robin Beyond - Phillip Butehorn and Brian Harris

Panel 1: View is from a dark street corner looking straight into the heart of downtown Gotham. Most of the light in the panel can be found stretching out from the Bat-symbol lighting up the sky. Red Hood is speeding on a motorcycle straight at the reader.

Red Hood (Caption): My drinking buddies usually ask, "Why rope yourself back into their drama? What's the point?"

Panel 2: In the foreground, a fist is connecting with the right side of the Mad Hatter’s face. Blood and teeth fly out of his mouth. In the background, Red Hood is extending his arm into Mad Hatter’s jaw.

Red Hood (Caption): The basic answer is the adrenaline kick we get. Any cape or psycho will tell you it's the thrill that locks you into this lifestyle.

Red Hood (Caption): A lifestyle choice that led to the ass-kicking of others and plenty of Bat-finger wagging at me

Panel 3: Full view of Red Hood doing a split-kick in the air with Tweedledum and Tweedledee each taking a kick to the head.

Red Hood (Caption): I’m not as perceptive as Tim and I’ll never be as reliable as Dick. I'll always be me: the rowdy Robin

Red Hood (Caption): I slaved for my abilities. Nothing came naturally. Well, except for the arrogance.

Panel 4: In the background are Mad Hatter and Tweedledum and Tweeldedee. They are bloodied and bruised. They’re tied up together under a light post. The light is shining on them and a red Bat- symbol is spray-painted across the three of them.

Red Hood (Caption): I do what I do not to piss off The Bat and his Merry Men.

Red Hood (Caption): I do it to remind myself that I have transcended the silly “Robin” status.

Red Hood (Caption): I am The RED HOOD.


  1. I love how you paint a picture for the artist to draw. You really spell it out. Someone draw this!! Curious as to why you chose the Mad Hatter as your villain?

  2. Thanks! We had the first panel right off the bat (no pun intended), but went through a few ideas on where to place Jason in the last scene. In the first draft, we had him squatting on the light pole. Another time, he walks away from the 3 goons and points a gun at the reader. However, the panel seemed too cluttered if he was left in there. The use of the bat symbol was the best way to complete the scene.

    I was raised on BTAS and loved their use of The Mad Hatter. Always thought he had a lot potential, but understood why he wasn't used. His character felt like a mix of Riddler and the Joker.

    1. I love the usage of Mad Hatter, especially since his hat his important to his character. And it's very symbolic to the multitude of 'hats' Jason has put on in his life time, death, and after life sort of speak.

  3. I agree with Fable's comment about painting a picture for the artist. The Bat Signal / Red Hood Bat Signal bookends are a real nice touch!

  4. What is everyone's thoughts on the dialogue? What would you have done differently?

  5. As I've said before, I quite like this script.

    I'm all upons the opening drinking buddies situation. It's a nice, organic way to introduce the meat of your piece of Jason thinking on his time within and without the Bat-family.

    I hadn't even considered the Bat / Red Hood symbols bookending it, but it's a mighty fine touch.


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