Just like Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1, Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 proves to be an entirely Red Hood-focused story. This actually turns out to work quite well and, not for the first time, I’m wondering if the character actually needs odd sidekicks to make his own series work.
Setting up Red Hood’s infiltration of Black Mask‘s rising criminal empire, including an introduction Red Hood-style, Jason will run into and old friend and make a new one before the end of the first issue. Jason is swimming in dangerous waters attempting to take down Black Mask from within, especially not knowing what exactly the would-be kingpin of Gotham has in store for the city.
The issue concludes with Black Mask’s master plan still quite secret, but the train heist Red Hood is assigned to complete does introduce Artemis to the comic (who doesn’t look too pleased with Jason destroying her ride). Just what is on the train it needs an Amazon to protect? And what does Black Mask have planned for Gotham? We’ll have to wait at least another month to find out. Worth a look.