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Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Dexter Soy
Cover by: Cam Smith, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Variant cover by: Matteo Scalera

“Dark Trinity” part one! When a turf war puts Black Mask in Red Hood’s crosshairs, Jason discovers that the False Face Society is not what it seems, and that the organization is about to auction off a powerful weapon. As criminals from all over the globe descend on Gotham City, Jason must prove that he belongs amongst the city’s worst in order to gain access to this Dark Summit!

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Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

REDHOTO-Cv1-ds-4f551Jason Todd, aka Red Hood, is back in Gotham City and taking his brand of vigilante justice to the streets. In Red Hood and the Outlaws he’s gone undercover in Black Mask’s organization to get close to the crime boss to be able to take him down from within, either dead or alive. As the title suggests, Jason won’t be doing this alone and so sets up the first issue of this Rebirth title.

The story starts with a flashback to Jason’s past. As expected, this is not a happy memory , but it serves to remind old readers and introduce new ones to the character and why exactly he does what he does.  It also serves to give us and Jason a look into the lengths that Black Mask will go to in order to see that he is the only crime boss running Gotham.  Jason tries to take a page from his old mentor’s playbook, and watches and waits to make his move.  It’s a very good few panels that show us that he may be all rough and tough on the outside, but Jason still relies on what he learned from Batman, though he would never admit it.

So Red Hood jumps into action, guns blasting and makes his presence known to Black Mask, inquiring about a job offer he received from one of Mask’s lackeys (scene in Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1).  Mask wasn’t surprised at all at Red Hood’s arrival, having been expecting him, and goes on to explain his intentions for Gotham.  Black Mask believes the city has been mistreated, and all he wants to do is correct it and turn it into his idea of a well run machine.  Red Hood is offered a position as second in command, and sees his chance to learn more.  So he accepts and is sent out on his first mission for Mask, which ends up putting him head to head with an obstacle he didn’t see coming.

Scott Lobdell brings us a great jumping off point for this series, and has me really excited for it.  I really enjoyed how we hit the ground running with the story, but at the same time we are given enough backstory for readers to get a good understanding of Red Hood.  As mentioned, he kicks ass first and asks questions later but we also catch glimpses of sentiment from Jason that shows that there is a lot more happening under that red hood. Dexter Soy brings great art to this book that just comes to life with Veronica Gandini providing the colours. You definitely get the darker feel from the pages, like you would expect from a bat family member in Gotham, but the action scenes are bright and exciting and definitely get you right into the moment.

I really enjoyed this first issue and I am very excited for the next one. I read the New 52 run of Red Hood and the Outlaws for a time, and enjoyed the teaming of Hood with Arsenal and Starfire, but quickly lost interest with the tone of the book being a little too light for the character, at least in my opinion. This is the Red Hood I was hoping to see; tough and angry, doing what he feels needs to be done, but at the same time drawing on his past to help him move forward, even though that past is quite painful. I also liked the fact that they didn’t just throw the team together, but we’re going to see the members coming together as Jason’s time with Black Mask goes on. Better to build on the story and flesh out the players, instead of just in your face “here you go, now like them”. This was a great start to this book and I have a very good feeling this high will carry on into the next issue.

Story: Scott Lobdell  Art: Dexter Soy Colours: Veronica Gandini
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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

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Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Dexter Soy
Cover by: Cam Smith, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Variant cover by: Bengal

When 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!

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Exclusive Preview: Red Hood/Arsenal #11

Red Hood/Arsenal #11

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Javier Fernandez
Cover by: Leonardo Manco
Variant cover by: Klaus Janson, John Romita, Jr.
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 13 2016

Business is booming for Red Hood and Arsenal! With a major win in their column, Jason and Roy have finally gotten the respect they deserve—but what will “going legitimate” mean for Joker’s Daughter? Skeletons from the closet emerge in “Dancing with the Devil” part two!

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Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans #15

Teen Titans #15

Written by Scott Lobdell, Will Pfeifer
Pencils: Ian Churchill, Miguel Mendonca

A “Robin War” tie-in! With Tim Drake missing, the Teen Titans track him back to Gotham City, where the Robin War rages—but Professor Pyg stands between the team and their leader.

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Preview: The Four Points #5

FOUR POINTS #5

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

The end is here!

As, the group attempts to overcome the combined might of the four brothers and their path of destruction—the real shock may come when they discover that the team made up of the four elemental points is not all they are cracked up to be!

FOUR POINTS #5 is in stores October 28th, 2015!

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Exclusive Preview: Red Hood/Arsenal #5

Red Hood/Arsenal #5

Art by: Denis Medri
Cover by: Howard Porter
Written by: Scott Lobdell

The brawl with Batman continues as Roy and Jason go head-to-head with both the new hero of Gotham City and the villainous Underbelly in the streets! Plus, a shocking revelation leads Jason to a secret rendezvous with an old friend…

Red Hood/Arsenal #5 is in stores 10/14.

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Preview: The Four Points #4

THE FOUR POINTS #4

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Friend or Foe is the question posed as Ivana’s origin is brought to the forefront in dramatic fashion! Meanwhile the group is faced with the difficult task of defeating Famine’s infected plague as it spreads across the Atlantic City Boardwalk!

Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, FOUR POINTS!

FOUR POINTS #4 is in stores August 26th, 2015!

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Preview: Four Points #3

FOUR POINTS #3

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Deadly secrets are exposed, as Gia’s origin finally comes to light and the true history of her “powers” are disclosed! Yet, the most shocking truth will reveal itself as the ladies investigate an international weapons manufacturer, and learn—perhaps too late—that they may be in far over their heads!

Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, FOUR POINTS!

FOUR POINTS #3 is in stores June 10th, 2015!

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