Red Hood and the Outlaws #5
Red Hood and Artemis try to hold their own against Black Mask and his mind-controlled weapon, Bizarro in an action-packed issue. While the action is plentiful, writer Scott Lobdell doesn’t sufficiently advance the story.
Lobdell could write a great Red Hood story in his sleep. A team book with Red Hood? The jury’s still out. Previously, Lobdell established that Red Hood doesn’t play well with others, but he hasn’t really pressed the issue to this point. There’s only some minor teases of teamwork with Red Hood and Artemis, but with the third member of this team still under the control of Black Mask, there’s not a lot of team building moments.
Dexter Soy’s art remains just as dynamic as impressive. Soy frames the action well and poses his characters smartly to play up their fighting style. Red Hood is more into leaps and flips; Bizarro is more towering and lumbering and Artemis leads with her edged weapons and fists. Veronica Gandini’s colors continue to help liven up the pages with bright red hues. The nighttime setting makes the overall colors look slightly muted however.
Five issues in and while I’ve enjoyed the build-up, it’s time to advance the story. If for no other reason than I’m ready to see what Lobdell has in store for the assembled team when the threats go beyond Black Mask.
Rating: 8 out of 10