“How do you solve a problem like Bizarro?”! Now that Black Mask is defeated, Artemis continues her quest for the Bow of Ra—a weapon of immense power. Meanwhile, Jason is dealing with an immense power of his own—Bizarro. What’s to be done about such a volatile creature…and is he too dangerous to be kept alive?
After the events of the six part Dark Trinity story, Red Hood And The Outlaws get a bit of a reprieve in this standalone(ish) story that finds Red Hood questioning just what he should do with the immense power that is Bizarro. It’s a unique take on the with “great power…” line that Spider-Man so often utters, told with a flashback or two that leads up to the final act that should be no surprise to any who’ve seen the standard cover (which should be all of you reading this review).
But the journey to this point is well done, exploring the troubled psyche of Jason Todd as he tries to find which side of the line he falls, and whether he really should just let a destructive powerhouse like Bizarro free. There are some interesting exchanges between Artemis and Todd in the flashback sequences, although it’s easily Bizarro that steals the show this issue, whether it’s the more somber moments or the ones in which he’s acting like a slightly more intelligent Hulk, when he’s in panel it’s always a pleasure to see him, especially with the way Mirko Colak brings him to life. The same cannot always be said for Jason Todd’s unmasked face, but that’s personal taste more than a criticism on any artistic ability.
At the end of the day, this comic is the epitome of the series so far, because while it’s an entertaining read, the questions it asks are never quite subtle enough not to be spelled out for you. The end result of the comic won’t be a surprise, nor will the dilemma faced by Jason Todd and how he reacts to it. That Artemis is used almost entirely to send Red Hood on the deep soul searching journey he undertakes this issue makes her feel like an underused aspect of the Outlaws (even if her verbal jousting with Red Hood as she uses his computer is one of the highlights of the comic).
Make no mistake, this is a comic about Red Hood first and the Outlaws second, but given the series title that’s to be expected. Red Hood And The Outlaws has been like a reliable old Ford pickup; solid and reliable, but unlikely to set the land-speed record.
Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Mirko Colak
Breakdowns: Tom Derenick Colours: Veronica Gandini
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
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