Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Red Hood and the Outlaws #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

Red Hood and the....... Suicide Squad?

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini, Taylor Esposito
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 8, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In our previous issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws we saw the Gotham Knights getting all pissed off that the Outlaws were doing their job better than them and because of this....... they kidnapped Bizarro, which led our heroes on a rescue mission for him, but even though it seems that Bizarro was all about being caught, you know, since he's super smart right now and nothing really gets by him without him knowing about it, the Gotham Knights kicked our heroes' asses and that's how we left the issue.  Let's jump into this and hope that we see some redemption or explanation about why all of that went down.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Okay, nothing in the last issue matters at all and I don't even see a clear bridge on how we got from there to here because for some reason after the beat down the Outlaws took, the Gotham Knights, without talking to Batman, sent our title characters to Belle Reve, where Red Hood and Artemis are forced to fight their way out so that they can find out what happened to Bizarro.  

If that wasn't enough of a jump from where we were last issue then dig this, Bizarro is getting all cozy with Amanda Waller and having a cup of tea as he explains how the world is going to be destroyed because of a decaying power source at the center of the Earth from one of Harvest's now abandoned NOWHERE facilities.  Yeah, shit just keeps moving all over the place.  With that being the threat, the Outlaws are forced to team up with the Suicide Squad to take care of the problem and save the Earth........... no seriously, somehow it seems like we missed an entire arc to get to where we are now.

That's it for this issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws and I have no idea what the point of the previous issue was because even if you needed the Outlaws to be sent to Belle Reve, they could have just gone there without the Gotham Knights sending them there while they're unconscious because this doesn't make much sense.  Look, the idea of the Suicide Squad and the Outlaws teaming up is cool, but the way we got here doesn't make much sense to me, but thankfully the art was phenomenal the entire way through, but even that can't make up for a nonsense issue.  I do like where we're heading though, I just would have liked the trip there to have been coherent.

Bits and Pieces:

While the progression of this story doesn't make a whole lot of sense, the art in this issue is great and the adventure our Outlaws are going on seems pretty cool......... I just wish we would have had a way to get there that didn't seem like it was thought of last second.  



  1. I liked this issue it felt very suicide squad-like in the dialog also i hated harvest in the n52 but loved his name drop here and we get to see kon-el..for a second between this and the conner drop in detective comics i think they are fusing the two superboys and going to use kon-els origins and conners personality/extended history

    1. The start of how they where placed in the suicide squad is stupid. If Batman found out about this shit he'd kick Kate's add out The so called Gotham knights. But as for the rest of the issue, it wasn't horrible. At least way better than last issue. I like that Bizzaro might have planned this all out. He seems both innocent and conniving at the same time. Jason seems off in this issue, almost giving praise to Harley in that Artemis should have had a hard time beating her, which is bullshit. I did like the N52 tie ins , dc is definitely setting something up with conner. The art truley Amazing, top 3 at dc artist right now. I feel like someone else is writing this Arc,...Where are you Scotty, come back to us. 6/10