Overall: This issue continues Jason Todd's tour of jolly old England. Last issue Jason discovered that the Russian mob was going to trick unwitting Arabs into blowing up in various spots throughout England(trust me, it's complicated)to get the heat off of their own illegal activities. This issue deals with Jason racing around England trying to get all of the bombs off the street before the timers are up. He cuts it close, but in the end manages to disarm all of the bombs. Upon returning to his apartment, Jason finds the Russian mob waiting for him. And as is the custom when the Russian mob is waiting for you in your apartment, Jason pulls out two guns and kills the lot of them, except for one mobster, who offers information on where the Joker was holed up in exchange for his life. Needless to say, that bit of info definitely interests Jason.
I was really enjoying this mini-series right up until this issue(and to a lesser extent, last issue). The first three issues dealt with Jason returning to life, and didn't follow a linear path, each issue took place some time after the one before it. I really liked that, as it gave us a glimpse of Jason growing up and slowly deciding on the type of man he'd become. And then came issues #4 and 5... I don't know how we went from Jason learning the ropes and trying to become better than Batman to Jason fighting the Russian mob in England, but that's what happened here. I'm not sure why Judd Winick decided to change the pacing of the story for these two issues, but I definitely wish he hadn't. Oh well, hopefully next issue will end with a bang as Jason confronts the man responsible for his “death” for the first time, the Joker.
Score: 6 1/2 out of 10.Kill, kill, kill!!!!!!