Red Hood and the Outlaws #17 Review

Red Hood and the Outlaws #17 Review

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Dexter Soy
Colored by: Veronica Gandini

Scott Lobdell continues to deliver an entertaining read this week in Red Hood and the Outlaws. Jason, Artemis, and Bizarro are teamed up with the Suicide Squad, and Lobdell’s ability to portray character personalities is brilliant. Dialogue between characters is also exactly how you would expect it to be. Not everyone gets along and their cooperation with each other is forced. These details bring the book to life and it makes for a fun read. The artwork is great as usual. Dexter Soy is a fantastic artist and he really brings the details to life with each panel.

One thing that I don’t really like, and I notice this throughout the many varying DC titles, is that the comic book covers do not represent the content in the book itself. It is as if the person in charge of cover art doesn’t know the story and just guesses what is going to happen. For example, on the cover of this issue we see Bizarro and Killer Croc duking it out, Jason and Deadshot sprawled out in the snow like they just got beat, and Harley Quinn and Artemis in the background looking all concerned. Not a single one of those things represents anything that happens in this issue whatsoever. I find it odd that DC does this. Regardless of that, include this title your pull for the week because it continues a well done story. Spoilers ahead.

A few weeks ago, to our dismay, we had an incredibly frustrating issue of Red Hood where the Bat-Family from Detective Comics belligerently takes out the Outlaws and delivers them to Amanda Waller. I won’t get into that because that was a terrible issue and you can go back to read my review of it if you want to. So now the Outlaws are working with the Suicide Squad, under the orders of Waller, to prevent a subterranean complex from self-destructing and potentially killing millions. To be perfectly honest, not a whole lot happens in this issue. The Outlaws and the Suicide Squad go in, Bizarro splits the team up to perform personalized tasks, and they get the job done.

Upon their return to Belle Reve, Amanda Waller lets in the Suicide Squad but denies the Outlaws from coming back in. Apparently they are free to go, and in the next panel they are above crime alley again in the invisible floating base Bizarro built. Jason and Artemis express concern that Bizarro doesn’t need them anymore and on that note, we will find out what happens next time in “Something Creepy This Way Comes.” The issue was pretty straight forward and ended abruptly. I don’t say that as a bad thing, it’s just how it was.

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