JD reviews Red Hood And The Outlaws #2

Title: Red Hood and the Outlaws #2
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Colorist: Blond
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

I am one of the 99%. Well, the 99% that thought that Princess Koriand’r (Starfire) was a filthy, filthy whore in Red Hood #1. I too have been grumbling as well as mumbling about the sex-pot issue and was prepared to be further disgusted by issue 2. The first part felt like a gross miss-handling of the character as we know her, but the series’ scribe Scott Lobdell has stated that there is a reason for her acting the way she is and I’m willing to hang on until then, because you know what? This was actually a really fun issue! Dammit, I was all up on my high-horse and indignant like a jerky fan-boy SHOULD be, and now I have to eat my hat. Oh stupid, hat…why couldn’t you be made of delicious pancakes?

We get a glimpse into Jason Todd’s post-crowbar resurrection and training from the All-Caste monks and The Ancient One, some jet-setting to Hong Kong and the Himalayas, and even get a good chunk of action for good measure. It was well-paced, engaging and I don’t think Starfire had random sex with anyone (unless she squeezed it in between panels…heh. Squeezed it in.) It’s James Bond and Kill Bill rolled up in one. Next to Damion, I think Jason is becoming my favorite part of the Bat-Family. He’s straight-to-business and incredibly skilled, but has a personality beyond just “angry youngster”. Half the fun is the back-n-forth between Jason and former sidekick, former heroin-addict Roy Harper. It’s the usual “we’re probably best friends, but I’m gonna pretend to hate you” guy relationship, which I can totally relate to, and that makes it all the more fun for me.

I also love ‘Hood’s costume. It’s sleek and hooligan, if not probably a little warm for Jay, what with it being a full-body Kevlar offering with a useless leather jacket OVER it. Dude must be sweating like an overweight Furry in that get-up, but dammit, it looks cool. And it’s a nice touch, ‘Hood using the Bat-symbol, presumably to piss off Bruce.

The art by Kenneth Rocafort is rad, by the way. He has a sketchy penciling style that works really well with the subject matter, though I would like to see what it looks like inked. Rocafort’s line is for the most part clean enough that he gets away with it, but I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t pop more with a less sketchy line quality.

Despite all the negative hubby-bubb about issue #1, number 2 may just be worth your time! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go construct myself a delicious pancake hat.

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, drawing a weekly webcomic, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living over at www.jaydotdee.com, and Booking his Face off at http://www.facebook.com/jaydotdeedot. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo.

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6 Comments to “JD reviews Red Hood And The Outlaws #2”

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  1. KIre says:

    Hahaha…HAt eater. I’m going to be reading BoP and Catwoman tom. Here’s wondering if I’ll be joining you in passing the syrup.

  2. optimous douche says:

    When wasn’t Starfire a whore outside of the Justice League cartoon? BAck in the 80s that was all she and Dirty Dick Grayson did was save people and then bone or bone and then save people.

  3. Tazzy says:

    @optimous douche: whore =/= having sex in a monogamous relationship with your boyfriend.

  4. JD (Host) says:

    I’m with Tazzy on this. Old Starfire was very much into LOVE, not sex. Of course sex came along with the love, but her people were VERY much into connecting emotionally with people and here she’s the opposite..curious.

    What do you guys think of the issues, beyond Starfire though?

  5. That black guy says:

    *looks at Issue 1 of the last teen titans before relaunch then looks at Star in Red Hood #1*
    I have no idea why people get all up in arms about Star acting different
    I love the book I love the fact the black sheep of the batman family is getting the respect a batman character especially an Ex-Robin deserves as he before relaunch was always basically considered the black eye of the bat family especially the robins as he had the duty of being the guy to replace the original robin and had a personality people didn’t like.

  6. JD (Host) says:

    I’m with you about Jason Todd, @blackguy…I like the new version of him.
    And this is coming from a guy who designed and currently sells a tshirt that reads “JASON TODD HAD IT COMING”, with a skull and crowbars design..

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