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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Red Hood & The Outlaws #20

May 17th, 2013 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Writer: James Tynion IV

Pencils: Julius Gopez (Thumbnails: Taylor Esposito, Colors: Nei Ruffino)
Issue 20 shows Roy and Kori reacting to Jason erasing all of his memories, and S’aru trying to explain why they should let the decision be, as it’s what Jason wanted. Of course, Roy doesn’t exactly take well to that, so S’aru has to explain it in a way that shows their own old or forgotten memories. It’s an interesting idea, the whole ‘if you could erase your bad memories, would you?’ and while Roy may be kind of annoying in his persistence that it’s not what his friend would have wanted, I can easily see everyone’s point of view on the situation. I think that’s a strength to Tynion’s writing, making the plot lines work as something easy to understand and, maybe not so much relatable, but as a reader, you get it.

That said, the issue was obviously a filler-type thing. The story wasn’t amazing, but keeps your interest in going forward. For me, the most interesting part had to be Kori’s repressed memory, since we know through mentions that she and Grayson had some sort of relationship, but it thus far hasn’t been fledged out. The fact that she’s attacking him shows that there is a story behind it, and one I hope we see soon. Otherwise, the story was a bit forgettable, though I wasn’t expecting Green Arrow at the end.

As for the art…kind of the same as the story. It was there. It wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen, but it wasn’t gorgeous. The faces weren’t my favorite. I’m leaning towards not liking it, but it really was just in the middle of the road. I could live with it.

3.5 out of 5

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Self proclaimed as hilarious, Sarah is a strange mixture of weird human and sports fan. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA (but currently studying photography in Ohio) she spends most of her time running into tables and tripping over herself while waiting for a TARDIS to show up in the courtyard. If not in a tree or receiving medical attention, she can be found on the tweeter-box (@alfredthebatcat) ranting about ice hockey, baseball or her undying love of Dick Grayson.

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