Red Hood 1 – 7

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

I am one of those people that Jason Todd is a character that should be dead. He was a much more powerful character when he was dead and memorialized in the batcave and I think DC bringing him back was a mistake and too easy. That being said, I like this comic. I think it mainly had to do with the beautiful art of Dexter Soy who draws Gotham City like it should be drawn. The cover is a little misleading, Bizarro doesn’t appear and Artemis is in one panel. This was a Red Hood comic primarily where he goes “undercover” working for Black Mask. It seems Jason’s relationship with Batman has improved since I stopped reading comics because Batman is at least talking to him and asking him to do stuff. I love that Lobdell brought back an obscure DC character from the 80s named Ma Gunn who is an interesting Bat-villain. Yay continuity! I look forward to seeing what will happen when Bizarro and Aremis are explored further.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #2
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

Artemis and Red Hood go from fighting to allies in this comic book while Red Hood is still pretending to be working for Black Mask and his gang. It was a great comic. Who is this Dexter Soy and why does he not do more art for DC?! He should be drawing higher profile books than this because he is incredible. I wanted to learn more about Artemis’s back story. Does she remember her time as Wonder Woman or was that erased by Dr. Manhattan or whoever is manipulating time in Rebirth.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #3
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

This issue focuses on Bizarro as Jason finds himself having a soft spot for the clone and buys him a stuffed toy. It is very cute. Meanwhile Artemis is only pretending to be captured by Black Mask so she can figure out what Black Mask’s plans are and get the weapon she wants. It was a good issue.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #4
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

In another incredible issue of this book, Black Mask reveals his plans to use his armory to take down the villains of Gotham for good and asks Jason to join him. He even reveals he knows Red Hood’s real name. Jason refuses. I wonder why because he admits he has told Batman they do need to start killing Gotham’s villains. My theory is that Jason thinks Black Mask will try to control the city afterwards as it’s crime boss? I am not sure. We also learn Black Mask has sold the weapon Artemis is looking for to Qurac. God I love the art. It is great to have Black Mask back. Notably Catwoman had killed him Pre-Infinite Crisis, and this new mask is incredibly creepy.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #5
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

The art in this book is hands down the best DC has to offer so far in my rebirth reading. A part of me wonder why Soy is not on a higher profile book, but he definitely works in this atmosphere. I laughed at loud when Red Hood said “Your plan was to get kicked in the teeth.” Jason refuses to kill Black Mask and I wonder why? It certainly seems like something he used to do. I wonder what the point of having Jason Todd back from the dead as Red Hood if he isn’t an anti-hero? Not that that makes me dislike this comic because it is still great. In the end, Black Mask takes off his mask and his face isn’t really any scarier than his mask is which was weird…and it looks like he might be infected by the techno-virus as well? Is someone controlling him?

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #6
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

Ok so I was worried about Jason becoming too much like Batman in the previous issue but here he basically leaves Black Mask to die which is not something Batman would do…but then Lobdell throws a curveball by having Batman give “The Outlaws” his blessing which is totally not in character but whatever. He must not know about that. I loved the ending where Black Mask is a vegetable in care of Ma Gunn. Who absolutely needs to come back as a bat-villain!

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #5
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Mirko Colak

This issue was kind of filler but also a good look at Jason’s psychology and his relationship with Bizarro. Jason steals a shard of kryptonite from the batcave and considers killing Bizarro with it when he realizes how dangerous the clone is. In the end, he can’t do it because it is clear how much Bizarro cares for the Red Hood. I have to say I am continuing to be surprised at how good this book is.

 

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