Red Hood and the Outlaws #13
With Bizarro’s life clinging in the balance, the Outlaws turn to his creator, Lex Luthor, to save him.
Like a number of Rebirth writers, Scott Lobdell appeared to have a blast writing Luthor. He makes for an interesting character now. He’s the still pompous jerk as before, but his personality is now tinged with the desire to actually be a hero. That clashes nicely when he starts accusing the Outlaws of stealing his property and settling things with lawyers for taking his I.P.
But it’s the more personal reflections of Red Hood and Artemis on how much Bizarro has come to mean to them and their weird nuclear family that makes the issue work. It’s nice to see even Outlaws learn to appreciate friends. This team dynamic is much improved over the Roy and Starfire version of the Outlaws.
Dexter Soy’s artwork continues to be a treat. Soy has a strong cinematic style making his panels look more like a movie than comic book pages. Veronica Gandini’s colors make for one of the better artist/colorist pairings in any DC title.
The twist at the end was definitely something I never saw coming, but I can’t wait to see how it plays out next issue. It’s almost one of those why hasn’t something tried this before angles. It really opens up some fun possibilities for the title and I’m excited to see Lobdell further this experiment.
Rating: 9 out of 10