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Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws #16


By Philip Schweier
November 8, 2017 - 04:34

Red Hood and the Outlaws have borrowed a strategy from the Green Hornet, appearing to be criminals in order to operate from inside the underworld. Heroes behaving like criminals. Hmmm. Next thing you know, criminals will be behaving like heroes. Oh, wait..

That brings us to Amanda Waller and her infamous Task Force X – the Suicide Squad. This particular iteration includes Killer Croc – wait, didn’t he kill Jason’s parents way back in Detective Comics #525? – Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn – Wait, isn’t she currently running for mayor of NYC in her own book? – and Deadshot.

Waller sends the Squad and the Outlaws on a mission to the Colony, an arctic outpost of Harvest who attempted to recruit second-generation meta-humans for his own personal army. Otherwise, it’s power source may lead to the destruction or the planet.

I can appreciate the direction this particular storyline may take. The Outlaws may expand its roster beyond three. However, I am somewhat uncomfortable with Bizarro’s new intellect. Moving past the monosyllabic speech pattern, he has adopted a syntax reminiscent of Raymond Reddington of NBC’s the Blacklist. I couldn’t help but read the dialogue in James Spader’s voice. But wait – didn’t he already do the voice of Ultron in the Avengers sequel?

Regardless, the storyline is fine and agreeable, but some tweaking of dialogue and character seems to be in order.

Rating: 8/10

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