Thursday, December 19, 2013

Red Hood and The Outlaws #26 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Julius Gopez, Sandu Florea, Walden Wong
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 18, 2013

Trope: Amnesia Be Thy Name.

Last time in this story line Red Hood and The Outlaws defeated the Untitled.  Their power being absorbed into a lazarus pit.  But that isn't the end.  We find out that Ra's Al Ghul had intended for this outcome, and now has absorbed all the Untitled's power from said lazarus pit.  Now it's on.  

Explain It!:

Well Ra's is back, and first thing on his to-do list is to take back control of the League of Assassins.  Now you might think this would be a bit of a challenge, but Ra's has all these badass new powers, so not that tough.  But speaking of powers, you don't really get a sense of what these powers are.  I'm seeing super strength, possibly a bit more on speed, but mostly he glows.  Yup glowing Ra's Al Ghul.  That's all I have to say about that.  Back to the story.

So the team is captured, and Jason is pseudo crucified.  Now Jason and Roy have their bromance moment, and Jason cries, about not trusting them, and about removing his memory, blah blah blah.  They tell him that only he has the power to prevent forest fires, and apparently his memory.  So luckily that little tidbit of information was revealed, because when Ra's comes back to murder everyone, from where ever he was, Jason screams out "I WANT TO REMEMBER!", and Red Hood is back baby.  So immediately after Red Hood escapes his chains, and kicks Lady Shiva's ass.  But can he take down Bronze Tiger?  Probably it's Red Hood's book.  During the fight Cheshire throws allegiance to the wind, and frees Starfire, and Arsenal, so we've got The Outlaws in the fight, and Starfire quickly takes down Bronze Tiger.

In the end we find out that this whole thing has been Jason's plan from the beginning, even losing his memory and forgetting the plan.  So hopefully we'll get a little more insight into this grand design next month, because you won't find it here.  Also we find out from Ducra, who's been watching the siege of 'Eth Alth' Eban, that Jason has recovered his memories too early.  Ducra finishes this issue saying that this means Jason will die, and that Jason knows this as well.  I swear if you give me back my Red Hood, just to take him away again, I'm going to hurt somebody.  Probably the other Weird Science reviewer Jim, and I know he doesn't want to be hurt, so don't make me do it!  Alright violence aside, see you next month when we conclude this story, and find out the fate of all the players.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue is really taking a step into the right direction, by moving us towards the end of this story.  I've been really tired of seeing The Outlaws, and the Amnesiatic Guy, now we get our anti-hero back, and I'm finally excited to see what's going to happen.  But that being said, a lot of the other bits of this story seemed to be lacking just to give us our payoff with Jason.  Not a perfect book, but I keep reading so that has to say something.  So for everyone that has felt this title lacking in the past few months, come take a look, and dive back into the world of Red Hood and The Outlaws.


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