Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Red Hood: Outlaw #40 Review

Getting The Band Back Together

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: David Messina, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 27, 2019

The concept of Red Hood teaching a group of meta kids how to be villains is something that sounded like a lot of fun originally, but sadly I haven't been having a lot of fun yet.  Maybe that can all turn around with this issue now that Doomed is with the team and their heading back to The Block after Red Hood found out that Shay Veritas was in trouble.  Maybe this will be a team building exercise that really gets me on board with this team of kids because right now I need something that really gets me on board with anything that's been going on here.  Maybe Bizarro and Artemis are just what I need because they should be making their way back to this book anytime now.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For this issue of Red Hood we see our team get their asses back to The Block so that they can figure out what's going on with Shay Veritas and this gives us a lot of moments that are fun with Jason Todd thinking about how he acted under Bruce's care and seeing the karma in how the kids don't listen to what he wants them to do now, which is great because he knows they'll disobey him because it's a "been there, done that" situation.

While I love those moments with Jason Todd and some of the individual stuff with the group of kids that have gone off on their own, the way that this issue is setup makes the whole story feel really disjointed and since the kids are doing their own thing in a facility full of science experiments, they all get a surprise in what they're doing, but we don't get a resolution to anything really going on here.  Yeah, there's a bunch of crazy things happening in this issue, but once something is established we just move on from it and you realize by the end of the book that everything just comes off feeling less because of it.  Yeah, we do get a great cliffhanger with Bizarro and Artemis, but I have no idea what's going on with The Block, Shay Veritas or what any of the kids have gotten into by the end of the issue.

All in all, I enjoyed the art in this issue way more than I have previously since this new status quo and hope that David Messina stays on this book from here on out, but the story just seemed like a mess.  Yeah, in the beginning we got some decent stuff with the team either accepting certain members or just giving each other grief, but once we actually got to the plot it was all over the place and nothing was really resolved, revealed or really explored and it all just seemed to pad out the issue to get to the Bizarro and Artemis cliffhanger, which I enjoyed, but not for the sake of the rest of the issue feeling like we got nothing.  

Bits and Pieces:

While I think the art in this issue is the best we've gotten since Red Hood started teaching the next generation, the story really went nowhere and felt completely disjointed throughout.  I did enjoy the cliffhanger and look forward to where that goes next issue, but right now there's really not a lot going on with the kids in the book.


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