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Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws #17
By Philip Schweier

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:52

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Scott Lobdell
Artist(s): Dexter Soy
Colourist(s): Veronica Gandini
Letterer(s): Taylor Esposito
Cover Artist(s): Mike McKone, Romulo Fajardo Jr.; Guillem March


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The Outlaws (perceived criminals) are on a mission with the Suicide Squad (actual criminals). An outpost created by the villain Harvest is in danger of going thermo-nuclear. If that happens, the radical polar shift will lead to mass destruction all over the world. And the first problem is just getting there. It’s at the top of the world, ma.


Oddly enough, this mission’s leader is Bizarro, and he splits the group into smaller teams. It’s an interesting dynamic, seeing these players merge their talents and skill sets. Perhaps it could lead to a rotating roster of Outlaws, former villains and those who straddle the line between good and bad.


No longer the monosyllabic Superman clone he once was, he now boasts an intellect akin to Brainiac 5, along with the emotional detachment the Legionnaire is known for. But I am concerned that intellect may corrupt him in some fashion. Time will tell. As Artemis explains to Jason, “Bizarro is all grown up.”


It appears to be the end of a two-part story. I appreciate the shorter story arcs than run over two or three issues, rather than the typical six issue epic that is inevitably repackaged as a trade paperback. By chapter 6, I often can’t recall how/why the story started in the first place.


Rating: 9/10


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