New 52 Review – “Red Hood and the Outlaws #1”

The least stable Robin also has a new name. The difference is that this guy’s recruiting a whole team.

General Information

Title: Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Author: Scott Lobdell

Illustrator(s): Kenneth Rocafort (art) and Blond (colours)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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Roy Harper is unjustly imprisoned, and Jason Todd breaks him out with the help of Starfire and others.

High Point

“His name is Jason Todd. A lot of peole say he’s crazy. Like, say, the entire staff of Arkham Asylum.”

Low Point

I like a lot of action, but when it so dominates the title that I have no idea what any of the characters’ goals are, that’s a bit too much.

The Scores

This is hard to judge on originality after this issue, because I really don’t know where the title is going. Roy is broken out of jail, in what is described as a “getting the band back together” style moment, even though I had no idea they had a recent history. Then we meet Starfire, who is treated almost entirely in terms of the history of the last DCU, which doesn’t help. This title just feels… empty. I give it 3 out of 6.

The artwork is somewhat scratchy and not as consistent as I’d like. Some panels are great, while others feel rough and unpolished. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story isn’t clear at all. We have events, but we have no idea or perception of the goals that would put those events in context. I give it 3 out of 6.

The characterization of Jason is odd, as he seems fairly sane towards the end of the book. Starfire is the only one who feels well defined in the bunch. I give it 3 out of 6.

The emotional response is okay. There are some pretty amusing lines of dialogue, but there’s no connective tissue to bind it all together effectively. I give it 3 out of 6.

The flow works well for the most part. The jump to the last scene is a bit abrupt. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, I can only recommend this to the existing fans of these characters. I really have no idea where this title is going at this point. I give it 3 out of 6.

In total, Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 receives 23 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman