Red Hood and the Outlaws #14
Bizarro Reborn has a great premise and it’s already put a fresh spin on Red Hood and the Outlaws.
Writer Scott Lobdell shakes up the dynamic with a recently smartened up Bizarro. Figuring his brains are far more useful than his muscles, Bizarro immediately gets to work devising new tech to help Red Hood’s war on crime. While Red Hood is ecstatic about Bizarro’s contributions, Artemis is far more cautious.
But for all appearances as the team easily takes down some familiar Batman menaces that this change is definitely for the better.
Dexter Soy gets a well deserved break this issue, but Joe Bennett is a more than capable fill-in. Bennett is one of the more underrated artists and his clean, detailed style is a great fit for the book. Veronica Gandini and Blond’s color work is strong as usual making for a beautifully moody book making effective use of blacks and reds.
Lobdell smartly reveals this change won’t be permanent and it’s a race against the clock for Bizarro to make the most of the genius time he has left. That’s the right call as it allows readers to enjoy this change while knowing eventually the ride will be over. I’m very excited about the potential here and where Lobdell will take this storyline before resetting Bizarro back to normal. It’s going to be a very fun ride until then.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10