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Red Hood and the Outlaws #6

by Alan Rapp on January 18, 2017

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #6 comic reviewThe series’ opening arc “Dark Trinity” comes to a close as Red Hood and Artemis work together to stop Black Mask and break his control over Bizarro. This new Rebirth version of Jason Todd continues to walk the edge of the anti-hero line without falling any further. By the end of the issue, even Batman is impressed with what he accomplished (even if it does take a major Bat-villain off the board for the foreseeable future). Jason keeps his work to the Dark Knight, although he has to rely on the questionable logic of Batman Begins to do so where choosing inaction apparently isn’t a choice.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #5

by Alan Rapp on December 20, 2016

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #5 comic reviewContinuing the comic’s opening arc, Red Hood and the Outlaws #5 mainly centers around the Red Hood fighting for his life against the Black Mask controlled Bizarro. Unwilling to let Jason fend for himself, Artemis returns to help even-up the odds allowing the Red Hood to distract the super-villain while Artemis attempts to control his super pawn (easier said than done).

I’m looking forward to see how this plays out. As we’ve seen hinted at in the prior issues Jason is tempted to choose a more permanent solution to Black Mask, but instead chooses to keep his word to Batman. No killing (even if doing so here would have freed Bizarro and taken an unstoppable weapon out of the hands of a sociopathic gangster).

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #4

by Alan Rapp on November 16, 2016

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #4Red Hood‘s undercover mission inside Black Mask‘s criminal organization is put in jeopardy by the realization that the crime lord has gotten his hands on Bizarro. Jason attempts to make nice with the immensely powerful Superman clone while also attempting to keep his cover intact. Well, one out of two ain’t bad.

The reveal at the end of the issue that Black Mask knows who Jason is and what he’s really after (and has for some time) makes him a far more dangerous adversary (especially now that he’s figured out a way to control his super-human wrecking machine). It also raises questions as to just who is supplying Black Mask with such specific information, and why? I’m not sure the comic has any plans to reveal that information and the final panel suggests a more action-oriented next issue.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #3

by Alan Rapp on October 18, 2016

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #3With both Artemis and the Superman clone now prisoners of Black Mask, the Red Hood struggles with how to proceed. Watching the deformed creature go through a similar process of rebirth as he himself survived at the hands of the Lazarus Pit, Jason can’t help but feel some empathy for Bizarro.

Other than the odd sequence where writer Scott Lobdell mucks up the origins of Bizarro to make it completely unclear whether the creature is a clone of Superman or an alternate version from a parallel Earth, the latest issue works well as it pushes the Red Hood to the precipice of having to choose between saving his acquaintances and blowing all the hard work he has done to install himself within Black Mask’s organization.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #2

by Alan Rapp on September 22, 2016

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #2While still keeping the focus on Red Hood, Red Hood and the Outlaws #2 introduces us to one of the characters who will eventually make up a third of the new team. While attempting to acquire a weapon for Black Mask, Jason Todd runs into an unexpected complication in the form of the Amazon Artemis who is also searching for a powerful weapon on the derailed train. While it takes the a little while to consider they may be after different prizes, the pair fight and then form a tentative truce as the series reveals just what Black Mask is after – the eventual third member of the team.

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