The story so far
After nearly facing his death in issue #12 during the Outlaws battle with Akila, a still recovering Bizarro swoops in to save the day against Solomon Grundy in issue #13. This heroic act leaves him in even worse shape, and even closer to deaths door. But thank the maker (in C3PO’s voice)! Lex shows up to save him. He injects liquid kryptonite into Bizarro’s heart and an unexpected thing happens. It not only saves him, but it makes him a super genius. Join me as I dive into Red Hood and the Outlaws #14, Bizarro Reborn Part 1. Spoilers ahead.
What is this all about?
Jason and Artemis are out busting up Pyg and his brainwashed crew. They intercept a truck load of money from them that just happens to belong to Penguin. When the whole situation is diffused, they jetpack to a safe location where they then find themselves caught in a tractor beam of some sort and sucked up into a floating base that is hidden using “pan-spatial visual distortion and post-gravity stabilizers.” Yeah… Bizarro built it… He’s really smart now… Really, really smart.
Bizarro gives us a grand tour of this masterpiece he built in less than a day. It has a garage with tanks and cars that resemble batmobiles, a war room, and doorways to “everywhere.” By everywhere I mean portals to the batcave, portals to the fortress of solitude….everywhere.
Their base then auto alerts them to a situation. Victor Zsasz has escaped prison. They easily stop him with no difficulty whatsoever. The issue then ends back up in the base. Jason thanks Bizarro for everything. Then Bizarro sits down in front of a hologram of himself. The hologram states, “You know this am not forever, right?” Bizarro says, “Yes. I know.” Next time we will find out if this is the beginning of the beginning, or the beginning of the end.
This issue continues a fantastic run of the Outlaws. The story is so well written, the dialogue between the characters is tremendous, and the artwork is absolutely stunning to look at. This is such a perfect team of people, creating a story about a perfect group of heroes. I truly look forward to every issue of the Outlaws that comes out, and I enjoy them all. I also really like this smart version of Bizarro a lot. I suppose I knew that it wasn’t going to be forever, but deep down I was really hoping that we were going to see this version of Bizarro permanently. Pick up this issue in your weekly pull. It is splendidly entertaining.
8.5 / 10
Reviewed by Justin Swenson Red Hood and the Outlaws #14 Written by Scott Lobdell Art by: Joe Bennett, Sean Parsons, Veronica Gandini Published by DC Comics Release Date: September 13, 2017