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Review: Red Hood, Outlaw #31
By Philip Schweier
Feb 13, 2019 - 11:06

DC Comics
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell
Artist(s): Pete Woods
Colourist(s): Rex Lokus
Letterer(s): ALW’s Troy Peteri
Cover Artist(s): Cully Hamner; Mateo Scalera, Moreno Dinisio



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The current story arc concludes as Red Hood comes face-to-face with the crime lord known as Solitary. In a reveal lifted straight from a classic film every comic book reader has seen, we are treated to a non-surprise that Jason – despite being trained by the world’s greatest detective – seems clueless to. But is it a red herring? Jason seems to think so, and is later proved correct. But is evidence of that red herring a red herring unto itself? We’ll see.


Meanwhile, the Red Hood seems to have found himself a new band of Outlaws: Wingman, a Batman copycat of unknown origins, and Bunker, a former Teen Titan who is equally obscure. And Jason’s dog. And they’re headed for Gotham, despite Batman having exiled Jason due to his extreme measures in crime fighting.


I am uncertain of Red Hood’s new partners. Their obscurity makes them ripe for growth, and I applaud the idea of using pre-existing characters instead of creating new, just to fill a role. DC has been guilty of this in the past, (Do we need a Manhunter AND a Martian Manhunter?) so seeing it avoided here is a welcome change.


But it seems like a U-turn to the previous format, of Red Hood & the Outlaws. It’s just not Bizarro and Artemis, who have been revealed to be alive in whatever dimension they disappeared to. But I had just settled in to the Jason-Todd-as-Jack-Reacher premise. I’m honestly indifferent to whichever scenario DC Editorial chooses; I just wish they wouldn’t appear so indecisive.


Rating: 4/10


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