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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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Review: Convergence #8

Convergence-8-coverAll the heroes of the DC Universe unite to face a crisis of infinite proportions – but when all is done, there can be only one reality. But will even that survive the battle?

Convergence #8 is on shelves, ending two months of mediocre storytelling, and giving us a clearer direction of the DC Universe to come. Written by Scott Lobdell and Jeff King, the issue continues much of what’s plagued previous issues, choppy storytelling and leaving out key moments and facts.

With Deimos defeated, the chronal energy is loose threatening to destroy the multiverse. What will the heroes do? Well somehow it involves Brainiac absorbing the energy, and sending folks back, expect none of this is really explained and just is kind of presented. But, there’s a problem, the original Crisis on Infinite Earths stands in the way!

And here’s the issue, as is the problem with much of this event. If you don’t know your DC Comics history, you’d have no idea what’s being referenced, and why it’s important. I haven’t read Crisis on Infinite Earths in decades, so the specifics aren’t exactly fresh in my mind, and I have WAY too much to read to go back and reread it all. So, some of the specifics as to what’s said went over my head, and I shrugged my shoulders for most. And even in the “correction” there’s lots of things that can be debated as far as the impact and how it mucks with DC Comic history.

But here’s the cool, the results, and this is a spoiler, but one that’s all over, it now opens up all of DC history for future stories. Everything is game, and that’s represented by a few double page spreads by Stephen Segovia and Carlo Pagulayan. It’s a who’s who of DC comic history, which is neat to see in its own way. Overall though, the art isn’t quite up to the standard we’ve seen elsewhere and even in other spin-offs.

Really, in the end, the comic is a read mainly due to its importance in shaping what’s to come, not due to actual quality. There’s some things spinning out of it, like Earth 2: Society, that I’m now even more excited about. But, the real good is DC has opened the vault, and the future is wide open.

Story: Scott Lobdell, Jeff King Art: Stephen Segovia, Carlo Pagulayan
Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Convergence #7

CONV_Cv7_55410d7b0e3fd1.85141484Worlds live. Worlds die. And nothing will ever be the same.

The largest battle in the history of the Multiverse is here! Who will win and who will lose when Deimos battles the combined might of the Earth 2 survivors, the heroes from Kingdom Come, the Titans and Parallax? All this and more, as the heroes of The New 52 join the fight!

I feel like I missed something between the last issue of Convergence and this one. The heroes of the New 52 last I remember were staring at a planet making its way through a rift. There’s some being that clearly Superman knows, but I have no idea who he is, and Superman is rescuing members of Stormwatch? What happened between issues!? I’ll also overlook the switch of Guy Gardner back to a Green Lantern from Red.

The rest of the issue is pretty much a giant fight scene as forces battle each other to survive and eventually everyone then focuses on Deimos, just like the whole good guys fight each other when meeting before teaming up storyline trope.

While all of that is pretty blah, the one thing I did like of who deals the killing blow to Deimos. There’s an interesting aspect of redemption in it, and as this character’s storyline is one I grew up with, it was something I particularly liked. There’s also the interesting argument and aspect of heroes killing.

Next week sees the conclusion of this event, which puts everything back on the table for the DC Universe. We know the series that will be coming out, but how the DC Universe/Multiverse will fit together is the bigger question I just don’t quite know the answer to.

The issue, like the previous ones, is just ok. This event is a rarity in that the tie-ins are much stronger than the main series, the opposite of the usual. The big thing though is how DC sticks the landing with the next issue, and what comes next. That in the end is how this event will be judged for the better or worse.

Story: Jeff King, Scott Lobdel Art: Aaron Lopresti
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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