Red Hood: The Lost Days #3: Writer: Judd Winick. Artist: Jeremy Haun.
Review: In this issue we find Jason Todd being trained by a German killer who was teaching Jason the types of fighting moves that he never learned from the Batman. While Jason is spending his time being beaten up and learning how to be a deadlier combatant, Talia Al Ghul is still trying to figure out what to do about Jason, since she had hidden him from her father, and couldn't return him to Batman. Meanwhile, after doing some sleuthing, Jason learns that the killer he was learning from was also involved with a child slavery ring. Deciding he could not allow this to continue, Jason waits for the killer's men to begin to take the children away, before ambushing the truck and freeing the kids. From there Jason returns to the compound to confront the killer and decides to take him on in hand to hand combat. This goes about as well as can be expected, with the killer getting the upper hand on Jason, until Jason reveals that he had poisoned the killer's drink earlier in the night, which leads to the killer collapsing and dying. Jason then burns the entire compound to the ground to erase any traces that he was there, and heads off to meet with Talia. Jason explains what he did, and rationalizes the death of the killer, which causes Talia to smile, as she remarks that Jason was finally learning.
What I Thought: Man, this mini is one of the front runners for best mini-series of the year! I've enjoyed each issue, this one included. You can see how Jason is slowly transforming from the sad, rage-filled kid he was when he first came back, to the cold and calculating character he was when he first ran into Batman as the Red Hood. The only real downside with this comic is the fact that there's only three issues left! If only we could get a Red Hood ongoing series...
Score: 9 out of 10.I bet that isn't the first time somebody called Jason a "little bastard"!