The GeeksverseRed Hood And The Outlaws #1

Red Hood And The Outlaws #1
Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011 by

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Colored by: Blond
Lettered by: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Art: Kenneth Rocafort w/ Blond
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

This was one of the New 52 that I was most looking forward to. The idea of these three characters as a team was interesting. I was curious how Lobdell was going to pull it off.

And like some of the New 52, it confuses the hell out of me. I really need to read Teen Titans to figure out how it all ties together. Like Bette Kane’s comment in Batwoman about being in the Teen Titans, along with lots of comments in this issue and what is known about the new Teen Titans title, it just doesn’t make any sense.

Apparently the Titans have existed and the new Teen Titans title is just that, a new version of the group, a new gathering of the team. What I didn’t like was the way that Lobdell retcons Starfire. Now apparently she has a short attention span/memory and doesn’t remember any of her time with the Titans. And there’s a continuity issue that creeps up in here. If Cyborg is part of the Justice League, was he in any version of the Teen Titans? And if not, why would Roy Harper mention him?

This is where I think DC would have benefited from either a total rebuilt or just relaunching and keeping same continuity. This soft relaunch is confusing. Did Lian (Roy’s daughter) exist at all? He apparently didn’t lose his arm.

The title itself was excellant. The mix of characters makes for some fun interactions. I don’t like the retconning of Starfire, but I do have to admit that it does make for a more interesting character. She’s always had a somewhat casual attitude towards sex and exhibition and Lobdell uses that aspect of her character for good results. Are some of the scenes a bit of gratitious sexual posing? Yes. But then it works for this character (and only this character).

I’m not too up to date with the Red Hood so I don’t know if any of this stuff about the Untitled and All Caste has been revealed before or if it’s new stuff thrown in, but it opens the book up to some interesting storylines and it’s an intriguing addition that makes the Red Hood that much more compelling character to read about.

And again there’s a possible continuity issue. When Red Hood makes a joke about being the worst former sidekick and they (Arsenal and Red Hood) both think “too far” had me wondering what it was in reference to? Harper’s time as Green Arrow’s sidekick? And if so, how does that work where the new 52 Green Arrow doesn’t appear to have had a sidekick?

Keeping the continuity issues at bay, this was a solid first issue. Interesting characters, interesting interactions, some big myteries laid out.

And Rocafort’s art was pretty good. Not too over the top with the Starfire posing, which is a good thing. His posing for the characters in action can use some work. There’s some stiff and awkward shots. But overall it was solid work.

I don’t like the shininess that Blond gives most of the pages. The colors could be toned down a bit and less metallic seeming.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 receives
4 out of 5

All in all this was an interesting read and worth picking up.

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