Written By: Scott Lobdell
Pencils By: Kenneth Rocafort
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: OUT NOW IN STORES & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (VIA COMIXOLOGY)
As much fun as crossovers are they have that secret ulterior motive: Make you read comics you wouldn’t usually bother with. Red Hood is that tile for me. I have nothing against Scott Lobdell’s work and Kenneth Rocafort’s artwork is pretty damn great, I just can’t like Jason Todd. I don’t like Red Hood or that fact Jason is back from the dead. It just won’t go in. I don’t like how it undermined a massive part of Batman history and despite enjoying this issue a fair bit, it still raises that odd feeling that comes with badboy characters doing good things for someone they don’t like despite the mission they’ve been set being a massive pain in the ass. I just don’t feel why they stick with it and it’s no difference here.
Anyway, Mr Feeze is the Owl target here and we get to find out the cold ones link to the Court of Owls beyond just being a big shot in Gotham they want to take down. Red Hood flips about with the Owl Assassin acting all attitude and badboy and Starfire gets to have some dazzling visuals in her fight with Freeze.
Redhood and the Outlaws was a title I bailed on early but it was first released as part of the DC 52 but I liked the combination of Redhood, Starfire and Roy firing his arrows here. I liked how the Owl assassin was handled and I liked Redhood and Batgirl’s little butting of heads in the closing of the issue (and honestly Batgirl hasn’t looked better since her relaunch in the DC 52 than she does here). I’m certainly not sold on Jason Todd but I’m up for giving this title another go next month to see how settled down the characters are at their own pace when there aren’t Owl’s running around.