Red Hood: Outlaw #27 REVIEW

Red Hood: Outlaw #27
DC Comics

Written by: Scot Lobdell
Art by: Pete Woods
Letters by: Troy Peteri

Man, it did not take long for Batman to come looking for Red Hood. Kind of makes sense with Jason Todd’s best friend (Arsenal) dying and all. I guess I figured someone else would deliver the news, or that Batman would call him at best.

And I was a little annoyed by Batman and Red Hood’s embrace at the end of their encounter, given they were trying to beat one another to a bloody pulp only two issues ago. But when you think about the extenuating circumstances, you would hope these two could put their differences aside momentarily.

As weird as that was, I was caught off guard by Jason’s response to the news about Roy Harper most. Obviously, he was sad, but I was looking for more emotion. We didn’t get it instantly, but I think a powerful reaction will come. Because as much as Red Hood seemingly had a very mature response to the bad news, the voicemail he left for Arsenal leads me to believe he’s in denial. Understandable since he died once before, too.

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But bottling up those emotions isn’t exactly healthy. Have to imagine when he runs into another group of Underlife cronies he’ll have a red river trailing behind.

And from the looks of it, Red Hood will run into another group of Underlife members in Appleton — which looks like the happiest place on Earth. I can’t tell if everyone’s been brainwashed or things are perfect because Underlife has kept every ounce of corruption out of the town.

Going back to Arsenal, I wonder when Batman will tell Jason who is responsible for his best friend’s death. I don’t assume he’s withholding information at this very moment, but I wonder if he’ll try to prevent Jason from doing anything too rash—which would be an easy way to spark up another fight.

I hope he tells Red Hood right away. Would love it if Jason was the one to take out Arsenal’s killer — though I highly doubt that will happen.

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Last thing: AWESOME cover. One of my favorite Red Hood covers. Good stuff from Pete Woods.


Score: 7.5

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