Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Red Hood: Outlaw #38 Review


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Kenneth Rocafort, Steve Firchow, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 25, 2019

Class is in session with this issue of Generation Outlaw, where Jason Todd is the teacher of a group of child villains, who will make up the next era of Doom, but as we saw in the last issue...... there's someone knew that Jason and class were sent to check out and that's the long forgotten Doomed..... maybe you might have read his short lived series a couple of years back.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the kids can reach the teenager inside or if Doomed will just describe these students first field trip.  Let's check it out.

So yeah, for this issue we're getting reacquainted with Reizer..... or Doomed if you prefer and while this is a character that I liked when he first started showing up in the DCYou era of the comics company, I was hoping for a little more out of this issue because all we really get are the new students of Jason Todd going ham on Doomed and him just taking everything that they throw at him, until we get to have ourselves a nice little recap section about how Reizer became Doomed and how he wound up in the STAR Labs facility that our main characters now find him in....... but even that last bit wasn't too in depth and that was the only part of the character that I didn't know.

Sadly, with these new characters and Doomed showing up here, not to mention the fun prospect of Jason Todd being their headmaster, the most interesting part of this issue in my mind is the small sections dealing with Artemis and Bizarro and even that gets kind of kooky by the end, but it's at least a part of the story that I've cared about for awhile and will continue to care about until we finally see these characters make their way home.  Talking about small parts, this issue also tries to give us a backstory about Lex Luthor recruiting Devour here, but like most things in this issue, it just wasn't enough and felt more like an after thought for how little of it we actually got.

All in all, this wasn't an issue that I was really happy with, even though I went into it happy as hell that Doomed would be coming back to a book in the DCU.  There just wasn't enough of anything that was trying to be depicted and sadly........ I'm still not a fan of K. Roc's art..... no matter how many people get mad at me for that stance.  So at the end of the day, we did get some fun reactions or lack there of from Jason Todd during the student's big fight with Doomed and some fun moments overall, but the story just really didn't go anywhere this issue and like last issue, I just wanted more by the end.

Bits and Pieces:

This new take on Red Hood still intrigues me, but right now it's not living up to what I was hoping it would be.  There's a lot of new characters and a cool idea beyond Jason Todd's new status quo, but there just seems to be too much going on, without enough time to really do anything of substance per issue.  The art continues to be something that I'm not a huge fan of, but even if I was, I'd still hope for more out of this.


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