Three Jokers #3 Thoughts:
*Sigh* Bruce I hate to be the one to break it to you but I don’t think yelling at and shoving your recently retraumatized kid is gonna do what you think it will. Good for Jason for calling his BS though because it kinda does come off as manipulative.
Oh, Jason 🥺.
Uhhh, am I the only one who thinks Barbara comes off as sorta an asshole in this? As much as I like this comic, I think they could’ve done a lot better with her character.
The fact that Joker still refers to him as “the child” is interesting. Even though Jason is about 19 in the current canon (which would make him legally an adult), he is in many ways still a kid. He never had a childhood and he had a family for only three years. He became an adult alone. Bruce wasn’t there for that. And Bruce doesn’t seem to fully realize that Jason never really got to “grow up”. In a lot of ways, he is still a kid.
He was rooting for Babs and then he got shot. The panel of him cheering her on is cute, but oh boy.
Final thoughts: Jason saying he’d give up Red Hood for Babs is pretty ridiculous in my opinion. The whole panel with the letter was just sad. After one kiss, he’s ready to throw it all away for her. I interpret it as his abandonedment issues shining through to be honest. He’s latching onto Babs because she was the only one who really showed him love (even though I wouldn’t really call it that), which is what he really wants. It’s pretty sad to think about. Did Bruce even say “I’m sorry you got beaten by the Joker with a crowbar again, are you okay?” ‘cause I don’t think sending him home with Babs and then almost immediately putting him back in the field to fight the guy who traumatized him is a good descion. Lastly, why the hell does Bruce have more compassion for the guy that killed his parents than his own son?
On a side note, I absolutely love this artist.