By Philip Schweier
Nov 14, 2018 - 9:15
Jason is forced to take on the entire town, and then a slew of monsters reminiscent of Solomon Grundy, but without the charm. They’re also way harder to kill than one might think. Yet the Red Hood – cuz while he was unconscious someone put him in his costume – manages to make headway in that regard. Which only opens the door for the appearance of this issue’s special Bat-guest star.
Red Hood has always been an anti-hero, remaining just enough in the light to keep the more pure heroes at bay. But with the change in title and costume, he’s moving more into darkness. I hope it continues. I like the idea of a former hero going bad enough that he has the likes of Flash or Green Arrow to deal with. Not the whole “framed-for-a-crime-he-didn’t-commit,” that’s been done to death. What is refreshing is to hear the hero say, “Yes, I did it. I’m guilty.” And then attempt to claw his way back toward redemption.
I like the turn this series has taken. In its former incarnation – Red Hood and the Outlaws – the outlaws in question were a thinly-veiled reference to the Big Three. I would have preferred to see him take up with some actual super-villains (Kinda like Batman is doing).