Reviews – DC Comics: Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1

Posted: June 4, 2013 in Reviews - DC Comics
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Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Al Barrionuevo / Colours By: Javier Mena and Bit / Letters By: Carlos M. Mangual
Price: $4.99

Jason Todd has given up everything he once was in recent months. His road to rediscovery and reinvention starts here. Meanwhile, Roy Harper is having some relationship and trust issues as of late, but that’s nothing new to him.

Now I led with the line about Red Hood because he’s the name on the cover, but Arsenal is without question the central figure of this double-size annual. And that’s not something I have any kind of problem with. Roy Harper is a character I didn’t know a whole lot about before I started reading this series but who I’ve quickly come to like. I may even say he’s the most interesting character in this book, particularly in recent issues. And as I said, he is absolutely the central figure of this issue’s story as we get further glimpses into his past, particularly his association ith Oliver Queen, and more importantly, we get th first meeting between Roy and Ollie in The New 52. If you were expecting that meeting to be fun, you won’t be disappointed. If you were expecting them to have a calm, reasonable conversation, guess again. The meeting is anything but a happy one, and that’s in part due to their past issues, but also due to timing as Ollie arrives on the heels of an assassin gunning for Red Hood and his friends. I won’t tell you who that assassin is, but I will let Arsenal give you a little sense of what we’re dealing with here as he yells “Stop being sexy and fight me, dammit!” And that line is probably why I like Roy Harper in on nutshell. On the Red Hood front, Jason Todd recently gave up the entirety of his memories in order to purge himself of the dark touch of the Joker on his life. Obviously that’s caused some upheaval in his relationships with Arsenal and Starfire, especially when he decides to look up all the files on The Red Hood, and does not like what he finds.

Perhaps due to being nearly 40 pages, this book manages to be both narratively deep and particularly action heavy, superbly balancing itself between being both fun and heavy and ends up coming out as the better of two particularly interesting annuals released this week, the other being Batman: The Dark Knight. If you’re a fan of this series or of Arsenal in particular, this ne actually is worth the extra cost. If all you want to do is look at Starfire, you won’t be disappointed but you’ll do better just using Google.

Score: 8.0

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