Red Hood and the Outlaws #26
Writing - 8.5/10
Art - 9/10
Overall - 9/10
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Pete Woods
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: September 12, 2018
No Artemis, no Bizarro, no problem. The Red Hood is on his own as he tried to get to the bottom of the Underlife.
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Red Hood and the Outlaws #26
In Red Hood and the Outlaws #26, we are given an issue that solely rests on the shoulders of Jason Todd. The cover even being rearranged to read as Red Hood Outlaw. After being tipped off about a new crime syndicate called the Underlife, Hood travels to heartland America to get some answers in a turning point for the series.
After the events of Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 and their second annual issue, Jason is left on his own. Presuming that Artemis and Bizarro are dead he goes about doing the hero thing on his own. This issue feels similar to Warren Ellis’s run on Moon Knight back in 2014. In the way that it’s not a reinvention of the character but more of a reintroduction. As well as highlighting the amazing fun and brutal action we see our hero do. It makes it a story that if you randomly came across in a long box you would be happy you did.
We open on Jason traveling on a bus. Coming across a wounded FBI agent to set up the rest of the events in the issue. The FBI agent is on the run from a gang of bikers and a corrupt Sheriff so it’s up to Red Hood to step in between. It is extremely enjoyable to watch Jason go to town on a biker gang. Not only does he fight at such a high skill level, but he fights with such a level of cockiness that it becomes charming.
Though the story does not add much to the Underlife criminal organization plot. It still works as a base to see where Scott Lobdell wants to take this character. A red hood that can easily defined as brutal, but has also matured with the help and subsequent loss of his friends. Perfectly summarized as the FBI agent says “ a Gotham crime boss is so sentimental.”
Pete Woods starts off his run this series with a bang. He makes it enjoyable to watch a flare be shoved in a mouth (amongst other places). And watching Jason’s movements, they have power and grace behind them. The silhouettes during the action sequences are breathtaking. Specifically, an extend panel that has Jason holding a club and crowbar while a flag waves in the background.
This issue also introduces Jason’s new suit. Though not as tactical as previous styles it brings about a street-level quality to the Hood. And that might be the use of an actual Hood. And a new mask and symbol that removes traces of the bat. Which makes sense considering the beat down he was given back in issue #25. It works to show that again he is on his own.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #26 kicks off what is sure to be a fun run. The combination of Lobdell’s writing and Wood’s artworks for this new era that the character is going through. With still questions surrounding the mysterious Underlife organization it will be exciting to the answers we will be given.
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