Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Red Hood and The Outlaws #32 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: RB Silva, Rafa Sandoval
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 18, 2014

Drop Kicking A Nuke

We're starting up fresh here boys and girls and Scott Lobdell is back holding the reigns of Red Hood and The Outlaws.  Now say what you will about the other titles he's written for lately, but you can't deny that he wrote the hell out of Red Hood when the New 52 began.  Last time we saw the Outlaws they were fighting Lobo for a Death Star type weapon, and guess what?  The good guys won, and none of this makes a difference for this issue.  So let's jump into this issue and see what Lobdell has in store for us now and in the future.  

Explain It!:

Okay all you Red Hood fanboys and girls get ready to have your socks knocked off, then gently folded, and just when you say "Wow that was nice", BAM they explode.  Yeah this issue is that good.  

Our story begins with the team taking down a terrorist group that plans on attacking America.  Inside their large plane Red Hood surprises the Cobra looking soldiers by infiltrating their ranks and then shooting them to holy hell.  When the pilots want to know what crazy person could be firing guns on a plane they are killed by Arsenal who is perched on it's nose.  Oh yeah crazy all around.  So Red Hood and Arsenal secure the plane, and Arsenal plans on making a smooth landing.  But to Arsenal's surprise a hologram begins monologuing next to him telling him how he's American scum and all that, and reveals that this plane was a ruse, and that the real plane is in front of of them and is going to drop a nuke on Washington DC.  Good thing Starfire is there to intercept the dropping nuke, where she proceeds to drop kick it away.  You have no idea the joy I felt while reading the banter between these three heroes.  I've missed this kind of writing in Red Hood for a long time, and man is good to have it back.  The nuke falls in the reflecting pool and Starfire uses her powers to somehow disable the nuke.  Now I'm not sure how this works but hey, I'm no scientist and in the world of comic books I can chalk this up to Weird Science.  

All in a day's work for our wanted heroes, but that's not the end of their story this month.  As they are leaving the tarmac a explosion goes off leaving our heroes knocked out.  When they awaken they find themselves in the mobile base of S.H.A.D.E. "The Ant Farm".  While it's understandable why they are there, they did steal a ship from them in the last story arc, this forced visit to S.H.A.D.E. isn't for payback or other petty nonsense.  No it turns out that Ray Palmer has been studying a ship that they found in space, and it's been sending a distress signal specifically to Starfire.  Oh and apparently Kirk Langstrom "The Man-Bat" is working for S.H.A.D.E. now, damn does that guy get around the New 52.  Sorry just needed to add that part.  

In the end Starfire enters the ship alone, and a few minutes later flies out of it screaming.  Now I don't think she was in there long enough to find and watch Rhinestone with Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton, so I don't know what she could be screaming about.  I guess we'll have to wait until next month to find out because we're left with this cliff hanger.  Damn what a fine beginning to Lobdell being back in the saddle of Red Hood and the Outlaws.

Bits and Pieces:

I'm really glad that Scott Lobdell is back writing for Red Hood and The Outlaws, and reading this issue it seems that he's happy to be back as well.  This is just a fantastic issue to get us hyped for what he'll be giving us in the future.  The banter between our three heroes is what really works for the story, and what has been missed in past issues, it's just fun.  Go get this issue and be prepared to have a good time like you haven't had with Red Hood and the Outlaws for awhile.  Damn it's good to get back to basics.


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