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Scott Lobdell Departs Red Hood as New Allegations are Raised

Scott Lobdell is a comic writer who has largely escaped allegations of harassment. Today, he announced that he would be exiting Red Hood and the Outlaws after the 50th issue wraps. He began writing the character of Jason Todd, aka Red Hood, since DC’s New 52 initiative in 2011 and has one of the longer current runs of a single writer on a character.

I’m stepping away from only remaining freelance work on Red Hood and The Outlaws, effective immediately” Lobdell wrote. “Issue #50 out in October will be my final issue. While I’m profoundly grateful for the last ten years on a book telling the story of a tragically flawed man in search of redemption, I depart certain that my vacancy will be filled by a dynamic new voice.

His statement makes it sound like Lobdell is stepping away from comics as a whole. He still is writing for Dynamite and is launching their latest volume of The Green Hornet.

The writer has found success with films like Happy Death Day which was released in 2017 and a sequel in 2019. He also was a writer on Critters Attack! which was released in 2019 and an attempt to reboot the classic horror franchise. His creator-owned comic series Ball and Chain is currently being adapted into a film starring The Rock and Emily Blunt.

Lobdell admitted to having engaged in harassment in 2013 and was accused of it last year again when he was announced as the writer of Flash Forward.

I myself witnessed Lobdell drunkenly making a woman uncomfortable, something she told me had happened multiple times before, at San Diego Comic-Con. A DC staffer stood next to Lobdell as if to make sure he didn’t get completely out of hand but was ok with general creepiness. A source also has spoken privately of unwanted inappropriate messages Lobdell would send over instant message.

With Lobdell’s announcement, numerous individuals have spoken out further about the creator leaving many to wonder if he’s getting out of comics before more is revealed threatening his movie career.

Artist Tess Fowler came forward about inappropriate comments Lobdell made to her.

Alex de Campi too took to Twitter to speak up as well:

And more individuals have come forward as witnesses to his behavior.

Numerous other individuals are coming forward with their own stories and screenshots of inappropriate messages the writer has sent.

Lobdell is a shining example of a known problem within the industry seeing no repercussions due to their actions and being protected by senior staff. And, suffering no accountability, is able to walk away on his terms.

Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #46

Red Hood Outlaw #46

(W) Scott Lobdell (A/CA) Paolo Pantalena
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro have their hands full-and until now they thought the biggest problem they had to face was the uprising of the Untitled during the political protests in Qurac! They’re about to learn this ancient race might very well be the lesser of two evils when the Outlaws square off against one of the oldest and most dangerous threats in all the DC Universe! (We’re not kidding-we know better than to say his name out loud! Yeah, he’s that scary!) Meanwhile, Artemis has united with Mistress-but at what price? Bizarro meets… his mother? And Jason is forced to choose between Essence and Isabel if he’s going to defeat the Untitled once and for all!

Red Hood Outlaw #46

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Red Hood Outlaw #44

It’s a long weekend for “Team GP” but we still have lots of news coming your way today! If you have the day off, enjoy, and if not, we kick off your distraction for the day with some news from around the web.

Vulture – What Hath the Snyder Cut Released? – It just continues an issue that’s been brewing for some time.

CapeGazette – Drive-thru saves Free Comic Book Day in Milton – A creative solution.

Sequart Organization – With Great Power Comes Great Career Opportunities: A Character Study of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s Zenith – Always an interesting read from this site.

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Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #45

Red Hood Outlaw #45

(W) Scott Lobdell (A/CA) Paolo Pantalena
In Shops: May 20, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro have battled many threats together…but they’ve never faced a veritable army of the damned! Which is what is happening during the protests on the streets of Qurac as the Untitled prepare to strike at the heart of humanity! At the same time Artemis has to go sword-to-word with Essence. As the enemy gathers its forces, it is clear the Dark Trinity needs to expand its roster-and fast!

Red Hood Outlaw #45

Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #44

Red Hood Outlaw #44

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) ChrisCross, Scott Hanna (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

When tracking down an ancient evil that can hide in anyone, Red Hood and his Outlaws have to surreptitiously sniff out their enemy by similarly hiding in plain sight…Are you ready for the Outlaws to go undercover? The Untitled are unlike any foe they’ve ever faced, so if the Outlaws are going to win, they’re going to need to improvise!

Red Hood Outlaw #44

Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #43

Red Hood Outlaw #43

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) ChrisCross, Scott Hanna (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

We’re living in strange times! Magic and metahumans are everywhere, but good and evil are easy to spot-right? The heroes of the world would never let anything happen to it…unless it happened already. Red Hood and the Outlaws are about to discover that the line between moral and immoral is very thin indeed.

Red Hood Outlaw #43

Get a First Look at Red Hood: Outlaw #43. One of Jason’s Oldest Enemies Returns!

Red Hood: Outlaw #43

Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by ChrisCross and Scott Hanna
Cover art by Dan Mora
Variant cover by Philip Tan
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
Final Orders Due: Feb 03, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Trains, Pain, and Automobiles!

The Outlaws are together again! This time on the trail of the Untitled…but the threat posed is far greater than they could have anticipated!

Also, one of Jason’s oldest enemies returns!

Red Hood: Outlaw #43

Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #42

Red Hood Outlaw #42

(W) Scott Lobdell (A/CA) Paolo Pantalena
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

No one was harmed in the making of this issue! Red Hood is thrilled Artemis and Bizarro are back…but so much has changed for the Outlaws. For the moment they’re mentors to the next generation of super-villains, and if you don’t think the kids are going to challenge their new teacher, Bizarro…then you don’t know Generation Outlaw! Plus, Jason and Artemis finally follow up on that kiss (you know the one!)…but their feelings surprise them both! In the meantime, an unspeakable darkness reveals itself…did the Outlaws finally come together just in time to watch helplessly as the world ends around them?

Red Hood Outlaw #42

Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #41

Red Hood Outlaw #41

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) David Messina (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

It’s the shocking return of Artemis and Bizarro! But when did these old friends become foes? Red Hood’s former Outlaws are ready to kill Jason Todd, and the kids of Generation Outlaw might be the only ones who can stand in their way! Sure, they’re the super-villains of tomorrow, but for today they’re just kids trying to learn how to survive in this crazy world. Will their final lesson be not to trust Jason Todd, or will they ultimately prove to be the end of his old teammates? It’s all been leading to this showdown between the Outlaws and the New Outlaws!

Red Hood Outlaw #41

Preview: Red Hood Outlaw #40

Red Hood Outlaw #40

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) David Messina (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

After their first mission in the field, all the Outlaws want is to head back to the Block for some R&R. Unfortunately, no sooner do they get home than they find themselves under assault from Shay Veritas’ clones! It’s like Night of the Living Duplicates in there, and Red Hood is nowhere to be found. Is he teaching them a dangerous (but hopefully valuable) lesson with his absence, or is he dealing with something even bigger and more terrifying?

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