The Story So Far
The last issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, which was issue #15, was such a frustrating read. I gave it an overall score of 6 out of ten. But that is only because the score is an average of story and art. I gave the story a 3 but the art was phenomenal and I gave that a 9. So we average those scores and we’re left with a 6. You can read why I hated it so bad here. But I am reading this week’s issue from a fresh perspective and I am going to read it from a completely objective standpoint. I like this title and I’m not going to let one issue that I didn’t care for ruin it for me. Let’s just hope that our Outlaws come out on top! Spoilers ahead.
We start by finding out that our Bat-Family from Detective Comics sent the Outlaws to Belle Reve. A maximum security facility that houses the most dangerous of characters. Amanda Waller runs this place and it’s where the Suicide Squad lives. Jason Todd is chained up and being interrogated by a few men, one of them being Captain Boomerang. He easily and effortlessly takes these fools out, steals one of their guns, a boomerang and is making his escape.
Next we see Artemis being interrogated by Harley Quinn. Artemis calls her axe out and Harley pulls out her mallet. They scrap and Artemis manages to also escape.
As we cut back to Jason, he runs into some Task Force X soldiers and as he’s about to lay the smack down, but then Artemis pops in to take them out. Now our Outlaws are 2/3 back intact. Next they find Bizarro, what do they see? He’s sitting with Amanda Waller in front of a fireplace, having a pleasant and intelligent conversation over tea and sandwiches. It was an amusing scene and I highly approve. Bizarro tells the other two Outlaws that he offered up their services to Waller in tracking down a creature called Harvest and defeating it to save the world.
So now our Outlaws are teamed up with the Suicide Squad and we will find out where this adventure takes them next time in Crapstorm.
I’m back on board with this issue. It was well written, there was a nice bit of humor, solid story, and tremendous art. Scott Lobdell is truly a great writer and Soy and Gandini are a magnificent team on the artwork. A big thumbs up to the team for this issue. Include it in your weekly pull.
8.5 / 10
Reviewed by: Justin Swenson Red Hood and the Outlaws #16 Written by: Scott Lobdell Art by: Dexter Soy, Taylor Esposito Published by: DC Comics Release Date: November 8, 2017