Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Red Hood and the Outlaws #6

The series' opening arc "Dark Trinity" comes to a close as Red Hood and Artemis work together to stop Black Mask and break his control over Bizarro. This new Rebirth version of Jason Todd continues to walk the edge of the anti-hero line without falling any further. By the end of the issue, even Batman is impressed with what he accomplished (even if it does take a major Bat-villain off the board for the foreseeable future). Jason keeps his work to the Dark Knight, although he has to rely on the questionable logic of Batman Begins to do so where choosing inaction apparently isn't a choice.

I wouldn't call the odd threesome bosom buddies by any stretch of the imagination, but by the end of this arc we do have a team of Outlaws. Even with Black Mask defeated, Jason isn't quite ready to throw in the towel on his new friends. Artemis still has a quest to finish and someone needs to keep an eye on Bizarro. Artemis' personal quest gives us a clue as to the series' next arc, as I wondered how this group would be framed going forward. They certainly aren't villains, but they aren't exactly the Justice League either. Writer Scott Lobdell will likely have to keep thinking outside the box for their storylines. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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