I generally don’t like how Morrison writes Jason, but I do find the kindness he showed Scarlet entirely in character. Jason has always cared about women and children.
(Although I do think it is OOC for Jason not to try and get Scarlet out of the life. He knows better than most people what happens to kids wearing capes.)
<small)>Batman & Robin vol. 1 #4
I can remember whether Jason smoking was a headcanon or not…
It seems like comic book writers don’t like to talk about some characters lives before they took on their mantle (If that life doesn’t involve them training to take on the mantle). The Robins are no real exception to this rule. Now, with Dick, we know he was in the circus. So we know he was with his parents, traveling the world, and generally a happy kid. Tim, we know he was transferred around to boarding schools a lot, because his parents traveled the world. (This is something I would have liked to see touched on a little more too. That’s another photoset for another time.)
Jason though. We get basic snippets of what his life was like, but when you fill in the blanks, it actually gets really depressing. Consider the fact that after all he’s been through, he still wants to be good. He doesn’t want to just be a statistic in crime alley. He does what is necessary to survive. That’s pretty amazing when you consider this:
His father was a criminal, a career criminal according to Jim. Jason admitted to being used to his dad not being around because he was “probably in jail again”. So Jason lacked a strong male figure in his life. Then consider his mother; she was a known drug addict and apparently social services tried to get him away from her before but he stuck it out with her, because he cared about her. He felt like it was his job to take care of her while she was “sick”, and he did. Without his dad around.
Now, if there was no source of income coming in for Jason and his mother (with his father in jail), how do you think his mother got her hands on drugs? Ever heard the term ‘crack whore’? Now, if this was known about her, think of how other kids in crime alley treated him. How do you think he got to be such a scrappy fighter? Defending his mother’s honor is what I’m going to bet. (He even says he “graduated from the streets of crime alley”, which implies he knows how to take care of himself on the streets.)
So, Jason’s prepubescent life was lead finding food for his mother, who was killing herself with drugs while his father was totally out of the picture, and probably getting into constant fights with neighborhood boys because of her. Yet, there was still a part of him that wanted to be better.