Qurac Finale

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #11
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

The big bad turns out to be Akila who basically wants to commit genocide with the bow of Ra. Jason takes out his All-blades, these weapons he got from the league of assassins that work on magic. It seemed to come out of nowhere but it was pretty cool. He wasn’t able to defeat her with them though. The bow of Ra ended up choosing Artemis as its new owner and Akila loses conrtrol and goes Supernova. It was an epic finale to this arc and I am glad it is over and I look forward to seeing what the Outlaws face next. It doesn’t look like Bizarro is doing ok health-wise.

Adventures in Qurac

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #10
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

All three of the Outlaws are separated and having their own adventures in the country of Qurac. Artemis reunites with her lost lover Akila who explains how she came back, Bizarro is doing something or other with a mountain, and Jason looks back at how the Joker killed him. Honestly, I have loved this series so far but I don’t know that we needed another look back at Jason’s death. Dexter Soy’s art is still incredible though.

The Trip to Qurac

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #9
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Dexter Soy

The Outlaws travel to Qurac in this issue beautifully drawn by Dexter Soy. Put this artist on every book DC. He is perfect. While in Qurac, Jason naturally reminisces about his death at the hands of the Joker as the Outlaws try to get the Bow of Ra back from the person they believe has it. This issue seems almost ripped from the headlines in terms of what is going on with Syria except that instead of poison gas, we have this magical bow. It has to be a coincidence. I really can’t say one bad thing about this comic starring Jason Todd, who knew I would ever write a sentence like that.

I Think You Forgot…I’m Batman!

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Batman (Volume 3) #20
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

Bane tells Batman in this issue how all of the Robins have died at some point including Dick. When in the hell did Dick Grayson die? Is he referring to a faked death or something? Anyways, besides that point, this was an entire issue where just a fistfight happened between Bane and Batman. But unlike say Bryan Hitch’s Justice League, this did not feel decompressed because of the emotion and character study that Tom King puts into it. The whole fight is narrated by Bruce’s mother from beyond the grave…and while that might sound cheesy reading this here, it works in the comic because of the emotion behind it. In the end, Bruce tells her he doesn’t save people because of his parents, he does it because they should be saved. It was beautiful. Hats off to the creative team on this comic book. Also, what a great line when Bruce says, “I Think You Forgot…I’m Batman!” and knocks Bane out.

Nightwing 1 – 16

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Nightwing (Volume 4) #1
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Javier Fernandez

How great is it to see Nightwing in that costume again? It’s been what ten years since he wore that beautiful – frankly iconic – Nightwing costume. DC….what were you thinking? He should have been returned to that immediately after he stopped being Batman. Speaking of that, Dick refers to his time as Batman. Does that mean Final Crisis happened in the New 52 universe or is this a result of Rebirth restoring the timeline? Interesting. This was a great start to this series but not exactly a good jumping on point for new readers for a first issue. We aren’t really told what is going on with this Parliament of Owls other than they are forcing Dick to work with them or they think they are and he is playing them. I don’t know much about the Court of Owls because they are a new 52 creation. Anyways, it is still weird to see Barbara Gordon in a Batgirl costume and not Oracle and looking so young. Is she still suppose to be the same age as Dick?  So far…this is good. Seeley seems to really understand Dick Grayson as a character and the art is perfect for a Nightwing book.

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Nightwing (Volume 4) #2
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Javier Fernandez

This was a fantastic comic. I like how Seeley writes Nightwing’s narraration. It isn’t all action, there is depth to this story. I don’t like how the Raptor knows their have been different Robins. That is dumb. The general public in the DCU should not know that. Also, how is Barbara flying to Tokyo and back? Does Bruce bankroll her?

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Artemis Meets Wonder Woman

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (Volume 2) #8
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Kenneth Rocafort

In this issue, Artemis tells Jason Todd the story of her friend Akila and how she first met Wonder Woman and once again I am shocked at how damn good this series about Jason Todd is. Every page is fun and exciting and it is great to learn about Artemis’s past. I wonder how well this dovetails with the Pre-Flashpoint first meeting of Artemis and Wonder Woman. So far, Lobdell has been great at utilizing continuity so I suspect it is very similar to or the same. Ok this series is in the top 3 of the Rebirth books I have read so far with Wonder Woman and Detective Comics. How is this even possible? I don’t even like Jason Todd.

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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