Red Hood and the Outlaws #9
Red Hood and the Outlaws continue their search for the Bow of Ra, but predictably things don’t go as smoothly as planned.
In the wrong hands, the weapon can unleash catastrophic damage. Artemis knows the Bow’s power since she’s the only one who is enabled to use it. With the exception of one other person.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Hush cliché of introducing a new character in flashbacks only for them to become the villain of the next arc. That’s what writer Scott Lobdell does here. Lacking the extended set-up and twists of Hush, this payoff doesn’t have nearly the same type of impact.
But this title can get away with average villains as the team keeps driving the story. The Outlaws’ search takes them to Quaraci, where Red Hood has a less than pleasant experience with The Joker. Bizarro is called upon to be a hero and Artemis confronts an old pal. Watching their internal struggles and help each other navigate through these emotional pitfalls remains a rewarding aspect.
Dexter Soy’s art continues to be a terrific fit for this book. Soy has this interesting Joe Madureira-influenced style that captures the darker tone of these broken characters that’s still able to go big with the superheroic moments. Veronica Gandini’s colors are essential in setting that tone and her work adds a dynamic element to the presentation.
This wasn’t the most riveting installment, but it sets the stage for the three Outlaws to confront some major internal obstacles. Apart they may not succeed, but the fun in the Outlaws is seeing how long it takes them to learn how to fully come together.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10