Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws #22

The new issue of ‘Red Hood and the Outlaws’ sweeps in, guns blazing.

Calling all Batfans, ‘Red Hood and the Outlaws’ is developing into a great series.  The character of Jason Todd has always faded in and out of popularity, changing his moniker from Robin, to Red Robin, to even Wingman for awhile.  But when Jason Todd took on the role of the Red Hood in 2005, he gave a whole new dimension to the Batman’s Rogues Gallery, cementing himself as the anti-hero we have always wanted in Gotham.

The main characters of ‘Outlaws’; Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro are trying to relieve Penguin of a big pile of cash, but they are also dealing with a newly reformed Bizarro, who has been given intelligence equal to Superman.  Bizarro uses his new found intellect to arm the Outlaws with top notch weapons and a Kryptonian-style base of operations that puts the Batcave to shame.  However these new abilities are short-lived as Bizarro descends into his usual speech pattern lacking pronouns, but more so, giving a dramatic turn to the Outlaws as they attempt to cure their lumbering friend.

Bizarro’s tragic decent actually hits home with his teammates and the audience, much like an alzheimers striken person helplessly falling into a child-like mentality.

This story gives us classic Red Hood rapid-gunfire, classic DC villains like Penguin and Lex Luthor, a fresh take on Bizarro, but more to the point; Red Hood and the Outlaws delivers the team unity and drama that the Suicide Squad lacks.  The bad guys are still bad, but they take care of their own.

Red Hood takes this premise and delivers.  They can use DC’s Rogues Gallery to it’s full potential, keeping the reader glued to the page.  I have never been more emotionally involved with Bizarro in my life.  He has always been the comedic twin brother of Superman, not a lovable lug with a team to support him.  I can’t wait to see future issues to find out the fate of Bizarro and what the Outlaws do with a big pile of Kryptonian weapons.

‘Red Hood and the Outlaws’ #22 is dropped.  Stop by your local comic shop, or you can find back issues of this series by visiting DCcomics.com/comics

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