Review Brew: Red Hood-Outlaw #39
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Inks: Kenneth Rocafort
Colors: Steve Firchow
Letters: ALW’s Troy Peteri
Covers: Kenneth Rocafort; Karl Mostert & Rex Lokus
Editors: Jamie S Rich; Harvey Richards; Rob Levin
Publisher: DC Comics
Okay, first of all, I love Jason Todd. I know you all know this but this current run is just so damn fun and captures Jason’s personality so very well that I cannot help but say it again. Watching Jason guide these super-powered children into making better life decisions than he did, and being hilariously laid back about it, is giving me life.
Things are starting to come together as Artemis, Bizarro and crew finally make it back to our dimension, with Pup Pup giving some much needed information to the others as to how he and Faye ended up in the situations they’re currently in: sentient and recently released from a bottle prison. Meanwhile Jason and his baby Outlaws deal with Monster Arm and the rest of the Star Labs crew of crazies who experimented on Doomed without his permission with extreme prejudice. It’s friggin’ amazing, beautifully drawn, and most importantly it brings the baby Outlaws together as a true team for the first time.
Kenneth Rocafort, Steve Firchow and Troy Peteri give us glorious visuals that make this story pop. Cloud 9’s air attack (which reminded me of Storm at her deadliest) is one of the most gorgeous panels I’ve scene this year. There are so many wonderful scenes: Jason cleaning his guns; the team taking down Monster Arm and his crew; Pup-Pup’s everything that just made me grin so very much.
With all players back in this dimension things take a turn as Jason’s growing family get unexpected attacks on multiple fronts and someone we thought Diana had taken care of is back, in force…
Five Doorways Out Of Five