Written by Scott Lobdell, Art & Cover by Kenneth Rocafort
Solicitation Info (from Previews): No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again. As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader? Find out in this hot new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men), featuring art by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (ACTION COMICS)!
Bias: I don’t like Jason Todd. I couldn’t care less about Arsenal. And Starfire has always been more style (ie. eye candy) than substance (ie. interesting character). Yet for some reason, this one really has me interested. I think a big part of it is Kenneth Rocafort’s art, but it probably also has something to do with the “rebel without a cause” kinda vibe I get from the interviews and previews. I certainly hope it lives up to the hype!
What I liked: It was a fun book – the back and forth between Red Hood and Arsenal was especially enjoyable.
What I disliked: None of the characters felt properly portrayed. Honestly, that made me happy where Roy was concerned, and amused where Jason was concerned, but annoyed where Koriand’r was concerned. The changes to her character were just…weird. There were also a number of odd contradictions throughout the book. For the most part, it was fun and fast paced, and you didn’t think too much about them, but they were there.
Verdict: This one’s an odd duck. I’m glad I read it, but I don’t have any desire to go any further, either. I’m dropping this title.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.