The GeeksverseRed Hood And The Outlaws #6

Red Hood And The Outlaws #6
Published on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Scott Lobdell w/ Josh Williamson
Art by: Kenneth Rocafort
Colored by: Blond
Lettered by: Dezi Sienty
Cover Art: Kenneth Rocafort w/ BLond
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

This issue is one giant flashback, showing how Jason Todd and Starfire met.

On one hand, the meeting seems one of those “at the right place, at the right time” kind of things. Starfire was there when Red Hood needed her the most, to help him out and set his mind straight. But on the other hand it seems a pretty big coincidence that the island where Kori is hiding out just happens to be the one that a wounded Jason Todd shows up on.

Part of it seems like Lobdell has written himself into a corner. He had these three characters and now had to come up with a way that they met and come together as a team.

So what we end up getting is a bit of a mess and confusing story. But then that’s why it fits perfectly into the New 52. There’s alot that just makes the issue seem out of place in not just the New 52, but it it’s own 6 issue continuity. The introduction says that this takes place a month before issue #1. That’s all well and good, except that the first issue made it seem like these three had been working together for awhile, or at worked together in the past. This issue reveals that the only reason Harper became involved was because Jason Todd saw an internet article about his capture and upcoming execution.

Which is another odd thing. Wouldn’t any of the other Titans had immediately gone to his rescue? If Jason Todd, living on an island in the middle of nowhere can find out about Roy’s capture, wouldn’t Dick Grayson or any of the other Titans? This issue shows that Kori, Nightwing and Roy Harper had worked together before. They may not have been the Titans, but they definately worked together. So why did it fall to Jason Todd?

One thing that is done right in this issue is the subject of Starfire’s amnesia, or short term memory, which sparked alot of internet outrage when it was first revealed. Reading between the lines it comes across that it really is short term memory. Like she says, her people live in the moment, not the past. This translates that over time she forgets the people she was around and loved/lived with. The memories are there, but because she lives in the moment, they are inaccessible. But they can come back when something stirs them, like seeing Grayson again. It’s a good work around for the concept introduced in the first issue.

But other than that, this issue falls flat. It just feels forced and out of place. The flashbacks showing the Titans and Nightwing/Robin (Jason Todd) are hard to place in the history of the New 52.

The script and dialogue weren’t as strong as previous issues, but that’s not Lobdell’s fault as he had a scripter on this issue. Probably needed the help as he’s pretty busy right now and DC doesn’t want to slip anymore ship dates (Justice League, I’m looking at you).

The art by Rocafort is great. Starfire looks beautiful in pretty much every scene she’s in. Rocafort does a good job with the outfits he chooses. His work is incredibly detailed. At times it can be messy looking, but for the most part it works very well in this issue.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #6 receives
3.0 out of 5

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