Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1
Submitted by: Theresa Stier, Comic News Writer
26 July 2016
“Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth,” by Scott Lobdell and artist Dexter Soy, gives the reader backstory about Jason Todd. I have never read a Red Hood comic, but this one has made me want to read more. We see the first time he meets Batman, when he's given his Robin attire, when the Joker kills him, and, of course, present day. The writing flows nicely and it feels like that this easily could be how a Jason Todd movie could start out (hint hint DC). When the reader is introduced to Red Hood in the present, we see that he is obviously not Robin anymore. Bruce tries to stop him from “killing” the mayor (spoiler: the mayor is alive), but fails.
Later, we see that Jason only “killed” the mayor in order to get information on The Gotham Underground. Bruce is not happy about this, but he's willing to give Jason a chance. However, Batman warns Jason that he'll be watching. If Jason kills anyone, he'll be stepping in.
It's classic Batman: the Caped Crusader believes that killing is not the answer and there are other ways to stop the crime in Gotham. The writing also captures Jason well. He's a smart ass and doesn't necessarily play by the rules. This comic is a great introduction and it made me want to read the second book right after I finished the last line. It is definitely going to be an action-packed adventure, but that is exactly what you expect with a Red Hood comic!
The Verdict: This is a comic that serves as a great introduction and makes you want more right after reading it. It also makes you wish DC was making a Red Hood movie.