Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

REDHOTOREB_Cv1_dsWhen a shocking encounter with Batman solidifies the Red Hood’s status as a villain, Jason Todd goes deep undercover to take down Gotham City’s criminal underworld from the inside. Along the way, Jason meets two unlikely allies: a disgraced Amazon warrior named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone called Bizarro—and the DCU’s “Dark Trinity” is born!

I’ll be honest, I went into Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1 expecting to hate it. I haven’t liked Jason Todd as Red Hood and hated the previous series. It just felt very 90s in a bad way. But, this is actually interesting and something I want to see.

We’ve seen the good guy go undercover as the bad guy, but something about this actually feels a bit different, and that might be due to how writer Scott Lobdell sets things up and how he uses Batman in it. A lot of the comic is set up to remind us of Jason Todd’s past and that he hasn’t exactly been on the side of the law all his life. In fact, if it weren’t for Batman he’d probably be in jail. The comic also gets fascinating when compared to Nightwing #1. In many way the two comics are similar in both story and mission, they feel like two sides of the same coin.

Lobdell dives right into it setting Todd up like a villain on a mission having him assassinate someone and then battle Batman before we get more details. Much like the other Bat-titles on sale this week, this comic sets Todd along on his own path, but also brings him a bit closer to the Bat-family too.

The art by Dexter Soy is solid. There’s some really good action here and Soy does some good work with angles and decisions in how to layout some pages. I want to see more of this work, it’s dynamic and works with Lobdell’s storytelling really well.

This was an issue I expected to really dislike, but the pacing, the presentation, it all works really well. So much so, I want to see what comes next. The full team isn’t brought together, but I can’t wait to see when it does.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Dexter Soy
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review