Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Red Hood and the Outlaws #32 Review



Moving On Up


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Stephen Segovia, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 13, 2019


It's a brand new world for Red Hood with brand new pseudo Outlaws for him to bond with now that he's done going after Underlife and seemingly put an end to his said to be father, Solitary.  As we saw at the end of last issue, Jason Todd is on his way back to Gotham City, with Wingman and Bunker by his side.  I wonder what he'll do first when he makes it back to his hometown.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

So I don't want to get too spoiler-y, but I have to say something about Jason Todd's new status quo in this book and to give you an idea of what we seem to be dealing with going forward, I'll just say that Jason is now the owner and operator of the Iceberg Lounge.  That's right, Penguin's out and Jason's in, much to Batman's chagrin.  Now while I'm all about changing things up so that the series feels fresh, what I would have liked more out of this is a background on Wingman and an idea of what Solitary wanted from Bunker and when the big bad originally grabbed him........ Also, I would have liked to see how Jason Todd legally took control of the Iceberg Lounge.  


This is primarily a setup issue that allows you to understand what we'll be dealing with going forward in this series and it lets you know who the characters are that Scott Lobdell is going to play with and while I do have my misgivings about some of the plot being omitted in order to do this, I did genuinely have a good time reading this issue and think that this new location for our anti-hero and new vocation could be a lot of fun going forward.


All in all, I love the art of Stephen Segovia in this issue and I'm a fan of pretty much everything that Scott Lobdell has done for Red Hood over the years, I just hope that now that we're doing this new thing we can take the time to really flesh it out because for a bit now we've kind of just been breezing by the laid out story in order to only get to the conclusion and it hasn't been that satisfying.  Let's pump the brakes a bit and take in the sights of Gotham City because while we've been here before, I love our character in this setting and hope that all the characters have a chance to feel like they belong....... and not in a forced way.

Bits and Pieces:

Red Hood is moving on up in the world and heading back to Gotham City, which is pretty damn exciting, but even for this setup issue that lets you know all about it...... I feel like too much was left out to make it feel believable.  I love the art in this issue and I love the use of characters, I just hope that the story picks up from here on out because this setup feels like it could lead to something exciting.

7/10

2 comments:

Jaime Braz said...

Jason makes an explosive comeback in crime-fighting. It looks like a blacklist of Red Hood checking off threats and makes me excited also to know Bunker and Essence will be around. When Artemis and Bizarro return Jason will have a strong team of five!

Jim Werner said...

I think when Artemis and Bizarro return we eill have...DRAMA!!!