Art By: Denis Medri, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 9, 2015
Home Is Where The Evil Is
Once Jason and Roy meet back up in costume, it's time to get down to business and Jason has scoped out an abandoned high end club and he explains to Roy that he believes that if Underbelly is anywhere in the city, it's most likely that he's there. The reason behind this shows us another flashback to Jason's days as Robin, where one night after a big Arkham breakout, Joker assembled Penguin, Catwoman, Clayface, Mr. Freeze and Two-Face to unveil a device that he's acquired...... It's just too bad that the night custodian wasn't told about this meeting and that he should have probably taken the night off because when he interrupts the villains, he ends up like Peter Weller in Robocop when the gang kills Alex Murphy........ It's a fucked up scene. Well, better late than never, Batman and Robin show up and take down the villains, but it's at this point where Jason sees the body of the man and realizes that the life he lives with Batman isn't all fun and games and that it's deadly serious. This riddled body before him in my mind is the point when Jason started becoming more brutal in his tactics to take monsters off the streets because this was a man who will never return to his wife or children and as we see from this, this scene haunts Jason's mind. It's an awesome scene and I love the fact that it's in this book. I love seeing Jason Todd's time as Robin and I'll take it anywhere I can get it........especially, when it's a future shaping moment like this.
In the end, the flashback ends, but before Jason and Roy can enter the old club, they're confronted by Jim Gordon's Batman. Even though Jim (the other reviewer on this site, not Batman) didn't like this scene because of Jason and Roy taking on the metal Bat without them knowing who's inside of it....... it comes off as straight "Outlaws" to me and I love it. Before any damage can really be dealt on either side, the fight is interrupted as Underbelly makes his appearance and it looks like our duo will make it a trio in the following issue to take on the embodiment of evil........... and I can't wait.
That's it for this issue of Red Hood/Arsenal and I love this freaking series. Each issue keeps getting better and better and the biggest problem that I had with this series was the art and I don't know if Denis Medri was holding back or just trying to get his footing with the style he wanted, but he gave us a really great looking issue here and I only wish that our characters looked like they did in Outlaws because if that were the case this would be almost perfect in my mind. Let's hop off that dick and get on Lobdell's because up until now this series has been fun....... and really that was it, but here we keep the same good time that we've become used to while Scotty added an emotional element really diving into the character's pasts and what they fear from their future. For the most part I'm really in this book for Red Hood, but Roy's addiction problem and the use of Killer Croc's callback in helping Roy overcome it worked so well in this story and just adds a whole other element to this series....... with that and Jason still dealing with his past just makes this series more solid. A great issue overall that everyone should get.
Bits and Pieces:
Red Hood/Arsenal kicks it up a notch with this installment, while continuing to be the fun book we all know and love, it adds an element of heart as well that really rounds out this whole series and makes it feel bigger than I've ever thought of it before. Combine all that awesomeness with the best art that this series has seen so far and you've got yourself one hell of a book that you won't want to miss.