Comic Book Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws

Details: This is a review of volume one and volume two. The first volume was released in 2011 and the second was renumbered and was initially released in 2016 and is ongoing. More information can be found at https://comicvine.gamespot.com/red-hood-and-the-outlaws/4050-42919/ and https://comicvine.gamespot.com/red-hood-and-the-outlaws/4050-92966/

Score: 6.3/10

Red Hood and the Outlaws follows Jason Todd, the second Robin, as he forges new friendships and fights crime on his terms. That usually means lots of killing.

Red Hood and the Outlaws stars three main characters. The first volume of forty-one issues stars Starfire from the Teen Titans and Arsenal, former sidekick to Green Arrow. All characters are seemingly psychologically traumatized from their experiences as superheroes and find a kind of messed up family with each of the other protagonists.

The second volume (which is currently ongoing) follows the disbanding of the former group and the formation of a new group around Jason Todd. This group includes Artemis, who was once Wonder Woman for a few issues, and Bizzaro, the failed clone of Superman. Again, we work through the trauma of each character and watch the crew grow closer and support each other.

The stories are of varying interest, with the best stories relating to each characters history and how they try to rectify issues from their past. As these stories focus on side characters, the most interesting part of these books are how the characters connect with the more popular character from which these characters originated from.

The art is fantastic. It reminds a little of Lenil Yu, the Marvel artist. This isn’t a bad thing and the art is dynamic and clear.

Overall, this was an okay book. I think I read it mostly because I enjoyed the Lenil Yu-like art more than any other reason. There’s also a lot of fan service involving Starfire.

Score: 6.3/10

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