We remember fondly when dc launched the new 52 comic books a few years back the excitement we had when we saw that one of our favourite Batman characters was getting his own series. 6 years later and a few roster changes to boot and we finally have a team of 3 again. Red Hood and the Outlaws started off on a high note among the dc comic books, the story was fun, the characters were interesting and the action was non stop. It centred around a resurrected Jason Todd (still haunted by his past) teaming up with Green Arrow’s former side kick Roy Harper AKA Arsenal and the alien space princess Koriand’r , better known as Starfire.
The team would often find themselves in tricky situations while at the same time the series would focus on Jason finding out who he really is at his core. In 2015 after the whole convergence event, Red Hood and the Outlaws was no more. The series was altered slightly into a 2 man team consisting of Red Hood and Arsenal which was the name of the new rebooted series.
We struggled to get invested into the story with this line up. The problems the 2 partners faced often felt forced, like there was nothing else for them to do for the time being. It seemed more like a parody of outlaws rather than a continuation. We gave up on this series thinking we would never see something as great as the first outing of Red Hood and the Outlaws.
That all changed when DC announced their “Rebirth”event, Once again Red hood would be getting his own dc comic book series again, except this time he would be accompanied by Bizarro and the Amazonian called Artemis. The main Rebirth issue is a basic catch up of Jason Todd’s past, starting with how he first met Batman when he tried to steal the wheels of the bat-mobile and a montage of Jason as Robin fighting alongside Batman. We think DC have realised by now that the majority of dc comic books, fans know how things go for poor old Jason so his back story is kept real brief, without getting into the nitty gritty of his death and resurrection. Jason works solo in this Rebirth issue, as a gun for hire. We get a great look at his lair which looks very similar to the Bat cave minus the relics, giant coins and the cars. He’s ordered to kill the mayor (for reasons unknown) but just as he’s about to, Batman crashes the party. The Red Hood takes Batman on in hand to hand combat and knows he can’t beat him which even Batman reassures him that he can’t win. As always though, Jason Todd doesn’t play by the rules and agrees that he can’t win against Batman, but says to him that cheating is more his thing to which he over powers Batman and shoots the mayor at point blank range. We are then shown a few panels of the Joker killing Jason and his following resurrection via the Lazarus pit.
The first issue starts off with another flash back ( Scott Lobdell really likes using flashbacks for this new series) of when Jason was living at an orphanage with a rather nasty old lady called Ma Gunn who uses the orphans to commit crimes across Gotham. The scene cuts straight to present day where we see the Red Hood saving her from an exploding building. Wow, a second flash back in the same issue, it seems Ma Gunn has dealings with one of the Red Hood’s biggest enemies, Black Mask. Jason ambushes one of Black Mask’s business meetings. Black Mask gives this brilliant speech about Gotham, comparing her to a woman that he wasn’t interested in dating because people will let you down, a city won’t. Black Mask is ruthless, even going as far as killing his own men to show that he ain’t messing around. Its very interesting to see the Red Hood working alone, he’s much more cunning and dangerous when he’s solo. He’s tasked with hijacking a train as there is something on board that’s a real “game changer”. Enter Artemis. The first issue started very slow but ended with a great surprise. An Amazon going up against a resurrected vigilante. This could go either way.
Issue two opens with yet another flashback ( its just like watching Arrow!) showing Artemis back story. Jason knows he can’t defeat her but decides to go out all guns blazing anyway. We find out the game changing weapon is the bow of Ra, a supernatural artefact. Jason knows that something like that can’t end up in the hands of someone like Black Mask and decides to team up with Artemis to fend off Black Mask’s men so they don’t get their hands on it. After a massive scuffle with the henchmen, they two get away with the what they came for, only it isn’t the ancient weapon, it’s a clone of Superman. This new series has a habit of ending the issue on a cliff hanger. We now know where Bizarro comes into the picture.
From the 3 issues of the Rebirth Red Hood and the Outlaws that we read, we were impressed most with aspects of the story and the artwork is top notch. It may not be as great as the original run but it has the potential to be. Possibly even better. We would love to see them develop Jason more as a person rather than a just a former side kick of Batman with anger issues, maybe even throw in some references to the original series just for continuity sake. The series is definitely worth a read and we’re very excited to see where the story progresses,to get issue 1 of the Red Hood Rebirth CLICK HERE . Subscribe to our newsletter here to stay up to date with all things geeky newsletter here .
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