Red Hood and The Outlaws #17
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Covers: Mike McKone & Romulo Fajardo Jr; Guillem March
Editor: Brian Cunningham; Rob Levin
Publisher: DC Comics
The team up between The Outlaws and the Suicide Squad goes surprisingly well, despite the SS being utter punks when faced with arctic temperatures and Harley’s increasingly creepy handsiness where Jason is concerned – seriously, your psycho ex murdered him woman. Stop. Touching. Him. Watching the very different team dynamics in play was a hoot with the one-on-one moments between Harley and Artemis — “If you hit me with that thing, I will shove it up your bottom” is friggin’ gold — and Bizarro, Boomerang and Deadshot’s interactions were cracking me up.
However, the real meat is the Jason and Killer Croc pairing. For those of you unfamiliar with the previous run of the Outlaws, Jason’s former team consisted of Arsenal and Koriand’r. Their love for each other was real, which made their breakup brutal and the three of them haven’t really spoken, or even seen, each other since. Over the course of the run, Roy dealt with his ongoing addiction issues and Croc, a recovering addict himself, became Roy’s AA sponsor. Croc’s genuine understanding of Roy is wonderful, and that same kindness and empathy extends to Jason in this issue, allowing him to impart some wisdom that Jason probably wouldn’t hear coming from anyone else. It’s really well done, a nice call back to the original team and opens up the possibility that we’ll see Roy and Kori again sometime soon.
As always Dexter Soy and Veronica Gandini’s artwork is fantastic, giving elaborate detail to each character. Their work on Deadshot alone is so gorgeous, I actually went back over the panels just to take in everything once I’d read the whole issue.
A great issue that opens up possibilities while layering in the mystery and character work for everyone involved – Five out of Five Mallets.