Red Hood and the Outlaws #17 – Scott Lobdell, Writer; Dexter Soy, Artist; Veronica Gandini, Colorist
Ray – 7/10
Note: Corrina does not review this title because of issues with consistent quality.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW
Ray: Scott Lobdell’s writing has always had an odd incestuous approach to it, cannibalizing stories from past properties and having them show up in his new books when you least expect it. But I don’t think anyone expected the Outlaws to be cleaning up messes from the reviled Teen Titans run from the New 52. It’s odd to say the least, given how glad people were to turn the page on anything related to that book. But here we are, with the Outlaws dragooned into aligning with the Suicide Squad for an issue, cleaning out one of Harvest’s old bases and searching for survivors. If anyone was hoping for the villain himself to show up (anyone? Didn’t think so), he turns up dead early on in the issue, so that’s not a factor. The bulk of the issue is just the characters skulking through catacombs, interacting. And how well that works depends on the characters.
Artemis and Harley teaming up is the weak link. It’s a very one-note relationship – Harley is wacky, Artemis is a stoic warrior. Harley says something annoying, Artemis threatens her with violence. Rinse and repeat.
Bizarro’s team-up with the assassins Captain Boomerang and Deadshot is a bit more interesting, mostly because Bizarro’s apparently short-term role as the team’s brains is intriguing – and the cliffhanger indicates his plans may not be all that benevolent.
But the segment that saves this issue is Red Hood and Killer Croc, both of them bound by their friendship with Roy Harper, essentially having a therapy session in the sewers. More of Croc as the guy who can essentially see through trainwreck teen vigilantes’ BS, less alligator man-eating people. It’s a bit of a mess, but there are a select few characters who Lobdell writes surprisingly well here.
Disclaimer: GeekDad received this comic for review purposes.