I'm kind of curious since I think I remember you complaining about Jason being portrayed as the bad boy who sits and drinks in bars in B&R:Eternal, what did you think of Jason and Artemis taking place in the bar setting in the last issue of RHATO?
I have zero issues with the bar scene in RHATO though!
First of all, they’re at the bar for a reason–Artemis is looking for
troublesomeone. I can only see Jason hanging out in bars to get intel or to meet with someone, not just…dragging some underage teenager in for fun.
Second of all, Jason is so fucking cute in this issue what the fuck???
Like let’s just?? Take a moment??? To appreciate his face? Oh my god he’s so smitten.
I can forgive a lot for the sake of this adorable exchange tbh.
Third of all, as I’ve mentioned a few times before, I acknowledge that this Jason’s personality is very different, but that doesn’t make it bad. Contrary to past accusations, I’m not incapable of accepting change. I just, y’know, don’t like reading pure garbage for the sake of embracing change.
Would Judd Winick’s Jason be this cute and vulnerable? Absolutely not.
Would Rebirth Jason? Absolutely. Rebirth Jason is way more honest with his own emotions (Pre-52! Jason loved to lie to himself, such as when he claimed that he didn’t give a damn about the world even though he’d just gone out of his way to save London), more willing to share them with others, and more obviously an early 20-something.
Fourth of all, this is also yet another instance of Jason trusting Artemis, which I like. Not only does he trust that she won’t hate him for anything he blurts out (even though she has very little patience with him lmao), but also that if anything threatening showed up, she could handle it. It’s done more organically than his relationship with Kori.
It really is kind of funny that New52 put Jason in bars all the time to make him seem like a bad boy, as you said, but in Rebirth, he just comes across as a lovesick puppy instead.