Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws #23

by Jeff Testanero
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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Scott Lobdell

Artists: Ryan Winn and Trevor Hairsine



While Red Hood is on a collision-course with Penguin, Jason Todd is struggling with past and using it to file is inevitable encounter with Oswald Cobblepot.  Will Red Hood harness the pain of his upbringing or will his vendetta with Penguin clog his senses and bring upon his final undoing?



Once again, the writing of Lobdell draws the reader in and really makes them understand why Red Hood is the way he is.  He makes the reader connect with at masked vigilante like nobody else could.  The art from Hairsine and Winn bring to life the story and doesn’t let go.  The continuation of the Red Hood vs Penguin story is awesome, especially when the reader learns about how Cobblepot is connected to a major source of pain in Jason Todd’s life.  This edition shows that the sins of the father are sometimes fixable by the son and allows the reader to decide if life conditions or personal decisions shape a person’s destiny in life.


I felt the letters from Willis Todd to his son Jason being the whole focus in this issue was a bit of overkill.  More interaction with Penguin and more emotion shown by Jason Todd as it pertains to him learning about his past would have been nice.



Red Hood and the Outlaws is another win from DC Comics and a must read and a winning addition to any fans comic book collection.  Not the strongest of the previous issues of this story but absolutely necessary due to the emotional output from the characters and effort put fort by Scott Lobdell to tell a truly emotional and personal story for Jason Todd.


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