Review by: Tim Canete Red Hood and The Outlaws #15 Written by: SCott Lobdell Art by: Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini Published by: DC Comics Released: 10/11/2017
What Is This: Red Hood and the Outlaws are in Gotham and not everyone’s pleased with their presence. This is all built up from Bizarro at work in the lab, still gifted with intellect beyond most mortals, but its effect will be ephemeral at my best guess. His methods which are not disclosed has led to no crime in the city and the Batmen have taken notice.
The Review: Following the abduction of Bizarro, the Outlaws are forced to intervene. There’s a battle between the two teams that felt lacking but it’s hard to work with 9 people. The humor from our favorite anti heroes is always a nice touch and what has given the series its own flavor.
Spoilers: Red Hood and the Outlaws is best described as dark, dreary fun. It’s founded on characters with tragic back stories and continuing arcs which don’t get much brighter. It’s the team together along with its wit that gives it heart and a place as one of my favorites.
I never had many thoughts on Bizarro, but here he is a being wrestling with emotions and understanding that he has a task at hand. I feel that while I prefer his more childish persona, it still will hurt to see his beautiful mind deteriorate in a similar way to Flowers For Algernon.
The creative team has their work cut out for them in this showdown between two non intersecting factions of the Batfamily. It seems that it all comes down to territory but Batwoman shows she's not someone to be taken lightly. There's a reason she's entrusted with the family.
Every character has their own moment, but some battles deserve more panels. In particular, Orphan versus Artemis. Everyone from the Outlaws gets subdued in one form or another. 6-3 doesn't fare well even with the Outlaws brawn. The final outcome makes sense given the polished leadership under Batwoman. I guess the whole ordeal feels a little strange that it would lead to the Suicide Squad.
Despite that, it is a great combination of fun and I can't stress enough how stellar the art is. And the conclusion looks to be right around the corner for the Superman reject. I am preparing for feelings similar to that Of Mice and Men issue.
8.5/10 for making Bizarro a complex character, balanced action with plot, and gorgeous art which makes me want Soy/Gandini on Tec rotation