This week in Red Hood and the Outlaws, our dynamic trio shares pages with the Detective Comics Bat-Family! Wicked awesome! From the wonderful storytelling of Scott Lobdell, to the artistic stylings of Dexter Soy and Veronica Gandini, this promises to be a fantastic issue that delivers exactly what we like to see. Or so I thought. Join me as we journey into part two of Bizarro Reborn.
Before we begin let’s just quickly recall that Bizarro was on his death bed, then was saved by Lex Luthor as he injected liquid kryptonite into Bizarro’s chest. This injection inadvertently made him a super-ultra-genius. To which he then built a vast floating base for the Outlaws. That’s all I’ll say about that for now, if you’re interested you can read my review for the previous issue here. Spoilers ahead.
What is this all about?
The setting is the Belfry, the base of operations to the Bat-Family built by Tim Drake. Luke Fox has gathered the team because something very strange is happening in Gotham. Absolutely no crime. How can this be? What’s even weirder, is that there is an invisible floating building over the city. After a message pops up to our Bat-Family saying, “your services are no longer needed. -Yours, the Outlaws” leave it to Kate Kane to state that “someone has a butt-load of explaining to do.” This part had me thinking, “why Kate, why do they have a butt load of explaining to do? Because they are fighting crime better than you?” If you are up to date on recent happenings in Detective Comics, you’ll know that something shady is going on with Kate Kane. According to a future version of Tim Drake, she is not trustworthy and she is “responsible for the fall of the Batmen.” So right now, I’m not a big fan of hers. She’s going to have to prove herself if she wants my affection back. But to be honest, she never really had much affection from me. Her character has seemed pretty arrogant throughout Rebirth. But anyways…
Back in the floating fortress of the Outlaws. Artemis and Jason are concerned for Bizarro. He’s been acting strange. We as the readers know that his “condition” is only temporary and Bizarro knows this. He’ll turn from his super genius self, back to his big dumb oaf self soon. But we don’t know when. As Bizarro is talking to himself we can see him slowly losing his intellect.
After some clever tactics by our Bat-Family, they break into the floating fortress and restrain Bizarro for interrogation. Which is weird to me. Why are they being like this and being so aggressive towards Bizarro when he and the Outlaws really didn’t do anything wrong? The Outlaws are actually doing lot of good so our Bat-Family is way out of line on this one, in my opinion. I get that Bizarro is typically a bad guy but still, the Bat-Family is totally out of line.
Jason and Artemis crash their party and question what they’re all doing there. Kate Kane immediately talks down to them and the Bat-Family initiates the fighting. So naturally, everyone belligerently goes after each other. At this point I’m a little frustrated with this story. The Bat-Family barges in, starts an interrogation that’s completely uncalled for, Batwoman condescends Jason, then Luke fox has the audacity to say “we’ve been trying to be nice as sort of a professional courtesy,” and I’m sitting here thinking “no you haven’t!!!” Our Bat-Family incapacitates the Outlaws and now they say they are going to call “her.” Which I can only think that the “her” they’re talking about is Amanda Waller because the next issue involves the Suicide Squad.
Ok… So this issue pissed me off. I was expecting it to be awesome and now I have this loathing hate for the Batman allies that I’ve been calling the Bat-Family. This issue makes me think both Kate Kane and Luke Fox are totally incapable leaders. They intruded in on something when there was zero evidence of anything bad happening, aggressively trapped Bizarro for interrogation, talked down to Jason Todd, started a fight, and then had the audacity to say that they tried to be nice and that THEY (the Outlaws) are the ones who started it. No that’s not what happened and I am flustered right now. After reading this week’s Detective Comics, then this issue, I loathe Kate Kane. I’m dying to see what happens next.
Like I said the story was frustrating. But not in a good way. In a very obnoxious way. If Lobdell wanted the Bat-Family to incapacitate the Outlaws to further some future story, he shouldn’t have had them do it in such an obnoxious way. He should have had the Outlaws do something that warranted this type of treatment against them. Seriously the only redemption for this issue is if next time we get to see the Bat-Family get the shit kicked out of them. I mean some serious payback.
Other than that, the art was terrific as usual for this title. Pick this up for your weekly pull, I guess. But prepare to be frustrated.
Reviewed by: Justin Swenson Red Hood and the Outlaws #15 Written by: Scott Lobdell Art by: Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini, Published by: DC Comics Release Date: October 11, 2017