Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
Submitted by: Theresa Stier, Comic News Writer
10 August 2016
“Red Hood and the Outlaws, Part 1,” by Scott Lobdell and artist Dexter Soy, takes us on a journey to discover Black Mask (who Jason is after). In my last Red Hood review, I stated that there should be a Red Hood movie in the works....well that's Gotham, but his part wasn't nearly what it could have been. In this issue, Black Mask hires men to kill Ma Gunn, since she turned down his offer. Black Mask, obviously, isn't happy with the no, but he's not successful in killing her (thanks to Jason).
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When Jason finds out about the hit on Ma Gunn, he goes after Black Mask. However, Black Mask is expecting him and offers Jason to be his second in command. Jason accepts it, wanting to get close to him and take him down. A classic way for an undercover hero to get close to the villain. Even though Red Hood is a hero, he doesn't play by the rules like Batman does, so he can trick Black Mask and get close to him. Batman wouldn't be able to do this, due to his hero status.
Before Red Hood steals cargo from a train, for Black Mask, Black Mask kills the men who failed to kill Ma Gunn in front of Jason, showing him exactly what he's capable of....even though I'm pretty sure Jason knows exactly what Black Mask is capable of. Jason crashes the train, allowing them to get the cargo.....however, that doesn't happen because he's met with an amazon woman, Artemis.....and that's how the issue ends (which leaves us wanting to know more about this woman). Is Artemis after the cargo? Was she on this train? Is she after Black Mask? We'll have to find out in the next issue.
The Verdict: The more Red Hood comics I read, the more I want a Red Hood movie. This issue now makes me want a Red Hood/Black Mask comic. I'm also very curious to find out more about Artemis in the next issue. I'm a big fan of strong female characters and Artemis is definitely going to be one of those characters.