Red Hood and The Outlaws #15
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Covers: Mike McKone & Romulo Fajardo Jr.; Guillem March
Editor: Rob Levin; Chris Conroy
Publisher: DC Comics
Bizarro has a plan. It’s convoluted and insane but it is a solid plan based off his knowledge of whom he’s dealing with: leave a bunch of breadcrumbs, let Bats find them and then wait for them to behave the way they always do…obnoxiously.
While it’s great to see some of the other Bats in the RHATO universe, outside of the Annual, this issue shows clearly why Jason doesn’t trust his family in any capacity and why he’s far closer to Artemis and Bizarro than he is to any of the people he grew up with: they show him no respect or even basic decency. The Batmen come onto the scene, hitting first and asking questions later. Frankly? It’s rude and unworthy of Batman’s ‘hand-picked allies’. They’re supposed to be detectives, chosen by the world’s greatest detective. Yet, as Kate herself says in the issue, she doesn’t know why Bruce hasn’t ‘shut down’ the Outlaws and it never, once, occurs to her or the others to simply ask. As for the other, frankly more important issue, (and the one Bizarro is desperately trying to protect Jason from if my guess is correct) Jason’s stalker may have just been revealed. If it’s either of the people I suspect, the repercussions are going to be felt throughout the entirety of the BatFam.
Dexter Soy and Veronica Gandini are back (please never leave us again you guys) and giving us some awesome fight scenes, wonderful facial work, kick ass backgrounds and group shots to die for. I know I praise their work all the time but having them gone from several issues really made how great they are stand out.
This issue gives us some major plot momentum while enraging me at the same time.
4 mudballs out of 5.