Review-a-day: Red Hood and the Outlaws: Futures End #1

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Review-a-day
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Yes, once again it is time for us to take a glimpse into the future of a member of the Bat-Family. That’s right, make no mistake, the Futures End tie-in for Red Hood and the Outlaws is most assuredly about Red Hood, and not the Outlaws. If you’re coming into this issue looking for some Arsenal or Starfire, I’ll tell you now, you might as well skip it.

As much as I love the Red Hood character, and hate to complain about an issue where he is very much the focal point, that’s sadly what I’m going to do here. There are two main reasons for this. First, the cover indicates some sort of clash between Arsenal and Red Hood and the tag at the end of the previous issue was “Five years in the future, the Outlaws turn on each other.” From those two factors, it seems pretty reasonable to expect the issue to revolve around the Outlaws being at each others throats. That’s not at all the case however. Starfire isn’t even in the issue, receiving only a passing mention in Red Hood’s inner monologue to explain her absence (it is a legitimate reason, I will give them that). Arsenal on the other hand gets a whopping two pages, which he does share with Red Hood and which do feature the two characters at odds with each other, but the confrontation is nothing worth even talking about. My second issue? I can’t even say this is really that good of a Red Hood solo story. Yes, we get to see that five years in the future, Red Hood is still very good at what he does and he’s still doing it. But other than that it basically amounts to him philosophizing about lost friends, immortality and the trash (bad guys) he apparently exists to clean up. I admit, it’s interesting at times, but not so interesting as to make me feel this is what the book’s “Futures End” issue needed to be, or even that the story needed to be told at all.

Maybe there was a point to this issue that I missed. Some hint at what’s to come that I didn’t notice. But considering the interesting direction Scott Lobdell has taken the team, and especially Starfire, in with the last few issues, I can’t help but be disappointed that this is the direction he chose for this tie-in issue. I have faith things will get back on track next issue though.

Score: 5.0

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Scott Kolins and Mike Atiyeh
Letters By: Dezi Sienty
Price: $2.99

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