Red Hood: Outlaw #39
The Year of the Villain is in full effect. With Lex Luthor giving offers of power to every big league player in the DC Universe, can Jason Todd actually produce a team of villains worth being proud of? Or will his inherent heroic tendencies melt their cold, evil hearts?
This issue starts with a bang as Jason immediately shoots a villain in his monstrous arm as he’s explaining his origin. Everything’s just an action romp from there as Jason’s new Outlaws take on this new group of Monster Scientists. This issue was a lot of fun as Doomed leaps in to save Jason, Devour eats the monster made of metal and Cloud 9 proves herself one of the more formidable of the new Outlaws by summoning a storm that she quickly loses control of because she uses too much power. Devour even shows a bit of softness by trying to calm her down.
This team, for how new they are, are actually pretty charming together. Devour’s cockiness makes him a great foil to DNA’s timidness, especially since they seem to be on two ends of the evil spectrum as well (DNA being more lighthearted to Devour wanting to rule the world). Babe in Arms is delightfully evil and adorable with her Zombie Mom as she gleefully suggests killing Monster Arm and his people after their defeat. Cloud 9, who I initially wrote off as just being a clown, turns out to be one of the coolest of the group as her storm powers are nearly uncontrollable when she lets loose and I can’t wait to see more.
Kenneth Rocafort does a good job as always with his exciting (if a bit excessive) paneling and layouts. He does what he can to fit as much on the page as possible from reactions from every character in individual shots to double page spreads on the exact same pages. The fighting happens in a very similar style with at least four pages taken up by separate fights spanning six panels each with a seventh for single shots that have no action in them at all. I gives the book a distinct style to it, marking it as action packed and slightly comedic at the same time.
Red Hood: Outlaw #39 may not have lived up to my hopes of it becoming a darker and grittier tale of Jason Tood finally striking out on his own as a grim vigilante, but I can’t help but like this arc. Jason is a good teacher and his students are interesting potential future villains. I’d recommend it for Rocafort’s art alone, but I have to hand it to Scott Lobdell for giving this book some heart.
Red Hood: Outlaw #39: Jason Todd Teaches His Kids a Lesson in Teamwork
- Writing - 8/108/10
- Storyline - 8/108/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 8/108/10
- Cover Art - 7/107/10