Saturday, November 22, 2014

Red Hood and The Outlaws #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: RB Silva, Wayne Faucher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 19, 2014

Bringing Back Their Girl

Last month in Red Hood and The Outlaws we saw a very disappointing issue that really made me feel terrible because I really want this book to be awesome and it decided to be riddled with nonsense.  Now don't get me wrong, there was some cool stuff going on like Jason sitting with Roy Harper who had been terribly burned as we saw in the end of the issue by a drugged up Starfire and really Jason sitting with Roy and contemplating how they got there that was the highlight of the book.  Hell, Oliver Queen even showed up for that section of the story, but the rest was just the team going after some terrorist cell from some issues back and what happens when you try to be an Outlaw and a drug addict at the same time......... Apparently you burn your boyfriend almost to death.  So let's head back into this world where Jason is still sitting with Roy while flashbacking to him fighting the terrorists and finding his friend.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

So last month I was talking about Jason Todd getting his hands on some kind of gauntlet that the terrorists were wearing, to enhance their strength and speed..... I also said it was straight out of Farscape, but I doubt anyone remembers that show.  Anyway these gauntlets were full of venom and when Jason put it on, he got all jacked up to the point where he completely beat the shit out of and killed a room full of terrorists who may or may not have been jacked up on the Bane juice as well.  This is how the book starts and I swear that when you open the first page you think that Jason is turning into some sort of cat monster, or werecat if you prefer.  I opened the book and started screaming WTF!?  Then as I continued, I found out that this strange scene is purely what Jason is seeing and feeling due to the venom injection.  Hell he even saw all the terrorists as giant monsters and I wonder.......... Does Bane see this shit or is he used to it now?  Because that shit is scary.  Check this out.

Immediately after Jason takes out the terrorists the venom runs it's course through his body and he zonks out for awhile and when he comes to he simply finds Roy's burnt quiver and a burning bayou forest.  That's when we go back to the present where Jason is sitting over Roy's body and telling the story to Oliver.  We also learn that Starfire came back for Roy after the drug fueled fire show and took him to the hospital, where I guess Jason went and got him and then took him back to their island........... or he's still in the hospital with the team's space ship parked outside, it's not really clear on that.  Oliver flips out that Jason is just sitting there not doing all he can for his friend and goes all billionaire on Jason, phoning up a helicopter, burn specialists when a bright light emanates from Roy's room and when the two barge in we see Essence has made her grand return to the Red Hood series.  Essence heals Roy's burns and while Oliver gapes at his protege being magically healed, Essence and Jason have themselves some awkward sexual tension and I guess this might be a throwaway appearance by Essence, so we can just have Roy healed again because when Jason told her he'd see her soon, she responded with "not likely, no" and all at once I'm reminded of high school........

Now that Roy boy is out of the danger zone, Jason suits up and flies off in the team's ship to go and track down their missing third member, but to do so he's going to have to go back to Lobdell's original run of this series and bring back the villain Crux, who if you recall had a huge hate on for Starfire and all things alien, but Roy reminds us that no one else on the planet knows more about Kori than him...... So the reptile Man-Bat's coming back, even if that sounded snarky, I think this might be fun.  It was Lobdell's original run of this series that made me fall in love with this book and if we're getting back to basics, well I'm all for that.

So here we are at the end and you might be wondering to yourself where the hell has Starfire been in this issue.  Well you might want to sit down....... Are you sitting?  We find out that after Starfire dropped Roy off at the hospital, she flew off to Poland where there's a alien heroin den truck stop.  No, I'm serious.  Apparently aliens can come to this truck stop, pay some alien money and then get into the back of a semi truck's trailer and shoot up alien heroine and hang out.  I have no idea if heroin dens are real things, but I think of this trailer as Sick Boy's apartment in Trainspotting where you shoot up and then just fall over and experience your high.  Only problem here with the exception of Starfire shooting alien heroin is that the driver of the truck closed the trailer while Kori was out of it and might have just kidnapped her.  The moral of the story kids is don't take drugs, or some Polish truck driver will steal you.

That's it for this issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws and man am I feeling that old feeling of excitement that I haven't experienced in a long time when it came to this series.  I'm telling you, I had such a hard on for this book when it first came out and after Lobdell originally left I went flaccid as hell.  But now he's back and we've got that bad taste of the last issue out of our mouth, I think Lobdell is back on track to bring this series back to greatness.  Well I have high hopes at least.  RB Silva rocked the hell out of these characters this month and there really isn't anything bad to say.  I haven't read the solicits yet, but hopefully Jason doesn't start using venom and end up like Starfire, because we need to get these characters back into action and rehab doesn't seem like a fun cool adventure.  See you next month as we hopefully continue this hype.

Bits and Pieces:

This is really what I've been waiting for, for a long time.  Red Hood and The Outlaws is back to it's ass kicking roots and with a strong focus on family between these characters and Scott Lobdell getting back to basics, I don't think there's anything right now that could make me happier.  Lobdell's on point this issue and RB Silva makes each and every character look amazing, so I don't know what your still doing there, you should be out getting this issue.  Go check it out and get back on the Outlaws trolley.