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benicio127 ([personal profile] benicio127) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-11-03 04:25 pm

Red Hood: Lost Days #6 (Spoilers!!!)

AKA the final issue of this mini-series and the issue where I was like omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg

[personal profile] cuntfucius, [personal profile] levy and [personal profile] whitesycamore will be giddy about this.

Four pages.

Whoa! WHOA! WHOA!! Hotter than I expected. Ahem! He wakes up and she's gone. She leaves him with a note and another very important gift, which I was so, so, so glad to see in this.

Oh hey, look! Jason uses gmail. Mary Borsellino will be pleased to know about the dagger in this.
Here's her entry from on Jason's dagger. Quoting from the entry:
Red Hood’s weapon of choice is a dagger with a waved blade. This edge design has been popular in numerous cultures throughout history, with a variety of connotations attached to the distinctive shape.

In simple, practical terms, a waved blade allows for a longer overall edge distance than would be present in a straight dagger of the same length. Waved blades in longer weapons, such as Flamberge swords, have the added advantage of causing the other weapon in a duel to vibrate, thereby making one’s opponent uncomfortable. This would not be true to any noticeable degree in a weapon such as Red Hood’s knife, however.

The origin of Red Hood’s knife within the Batman comics themselves is most likely the story “The Lazarus Pit!” from issue #243 in 1972. One of the original Ra’s Al Ghul stories by the O’Neil/Adams/Giordano team, this issue saw Batman forced to duel against a man who owed debts to both Ra’s and Batman. Both opponents weilded waved daggers.

As Judd Winick, the writer responsible for the entire Red Hood arc, utilised the Al Ghul family as a significant plot element, it seems likely that this classic storyline was one of the key inspirations behind Red Hood’s dagger.

Just as with the history of waved daggers in the real world, however, the element of pure aesthetic interest must be taken into account. Placing a waved dagger in a panel is more visually interesting and suggests a greater degree of ritual — whether the reader is aware of the legacy of the Keris blade or not — than a simple knife can.

Whatever the reasons may be, Red Hood’s dagger has developed iconography of its own, and now casts a shadow of specific meaning forward over any future appearances of such weapons in future Batman stories.

I'm so sad to see this mini-series end.
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[personal profile] pepperspray101 2010-11-04 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
It's classism combined with sexism. If a woman sleeps with someone in her employ she is the one with the most power, and a lot of people really believe that women can only be truly attracted to men who are more powerful than them. Because all women are sexually submissive. It's like, nature or some shit.

It's weird how I never looked at this situation like that. To me, it seemed to be a situation that is open to abuse on both parts of the party regardless of gender or social class. As someone with a college degree & a healthy paycheck (and is descended from an orphan that was the product of incest back in Mexico...), I'm more afraid of being used by someone with less education & lower income than me than by someone who is on equal level with me. But mostly because I've seen it happen to A LOT of people I know...folks who are from different class levels, so it's not so much rich fearing from the poor, but just in general, someone who's managed to do better for themselves getting used by someone who never bothered to improve themselves..but they're in it for financial reasons, rather than the sex or whatever other reason people get together.

Dunno, this is an interesting discussion that's brought up a lot of things I never thougth about. Good job Scans Daily!
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[personal profile] shewhohashope 2010-11-04 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
someone who's managed to do better for themselves getting used by someone who never bothered to improve themselves

There are a lot of class issues right here.
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[personal profile] pepperspray101 2010-11-05 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
Is it? Do you mean, that someone had more resources to do better, than someone who didn't? and that makes it a class issue?