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Red Hoods Oldest Nemesis Returns as His Newest Partner & Jason Hates It

Red Hood and Black Mask have clashed before. Now Black Mask has returned to Jasons orbit in Task Force Z but this time as Red Hoods newest ally.
One of Red Hoods oldest foes is back in his life and now Jason Todd is starting to questions his decisions because of it. Though Black Mask—one of Gothams many crime lords—began as a threat to Batman his key role in Red Hoods origins make him one of Jasons rogues. Now Black Mask has returned to Jasons orbit in Task Force Z but this time as Red Hoods newest ally.

Red Hood and Black Mask have clashed before most notably during the Under the Hood storyline that reintroduced Jason Todd to the Batman mythos as the crime lord Red Hood making Black Mask an essential element to Red Hoods contemporary origins. More recently Jason Todd has been working closely with the BatFamily—but that relationship is being put to the test in Task Force Z. In recent issues Jason has fought with the likes of Nightwing and Batgirl. His methods and villainous teammates on this new task force—led by Harvey Dent—are putting him at odds with Batmans allies despite Jasons ultimate goal of stopping the nefarious plans of Powers International and Mr. Bloom. Meanwhile Black Mask is allvillain in the pages of Catwoman where he is actively seeking to destroy Selina Kyle.

Task Force Z #9—by Matthew Rosenberg Eddy Barrows Eber Ferreira Adriano Lucas and Rob Leigh—opens with a conversation between Jason and Stephanie Brown as Batgirl who warns Jason that he better end this now or your history [with the BatFamily] wont matter. She insists hes messing up while he insists that hes doing the right thing. Later Harvey Dent brings Red Hood and Black Mask together as Black Mask has agreed to rent the team a warehouse making him a new—and unwelcome—member of Red Hoods network of accomplices. We dont work with men like him Jason says. Black Mask retorts Like me? Look around boy. You still think youre one of the good guys? Jason Todd has always despised Black Mask fighting him vehemently even back when Red Hood was more crime lord than antihero.

Nothing has changed on this front for Jason while Red Hood often believes wellintentioned ends justify morallygrey means Black Mask is all bad guy all the time. Jasons history with Black Mask—and his knowledge that this is a truly bad person—further illuminates his moral struggles throughout Task Force Z. Readers can see in this issue after his family has tried to intervene and as he grapples with taking help from Black Mask Jason begin to truly question whether he is doing the right thing in continuing to work on this mission.

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