Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Red Hood and the Outlaws #15

The Outlaws' announcement to Gotham's heroes that they are no longer needed doesn't exactly sit well with Batwoman and the Detective Comics team. Despite the fact that the Red Hood's team has been able to drop Gotham's crime rate to almost nothing, the bravado of their announcement forces an inevitable conflict between the two groups starting with Clayface's kidnapping of Bizarro and ending with a full-on fight between the two groups.

The way Red Hood and the Outlaws #15 unfolds it's hard to take Batwoman or any of her team seriously as heroes. The Outlaws are outperforming the rest of Gotham's vigilantes, essentially doing their job better. Batwoman's reaction to this is to kidnap a member of the Outlaws and then have her team beat on the other group because... well, that's the issue isn't it?

From the perspective of the Outlaws the issue works well enough, although it certainly raises issues about the morality and decisions of Gotham City's other heroes. After beating the Outlaws, the real question is where does the arc (and the comic) go from here? Hit-and-Miss.

[DC, $2.99]

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