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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Red Hood & The Outlaws #23

August 22nd, 2013 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Writer: James Tynion IV

Artist: Julius Gopez

Published by: DC Comics

The team reunites! Well, okay, sort of. They’re all in the same room, let’s say that. Roy continues to be an awesome human being by really just trying to do what he thinks is right, based on the facts that he has. Jason is still trying to piece everything together, and is probably regretting the whole ‘wipe my memories’ thing. I know I would be.

I love Tynion’s voices for his characters. There’s no stiffness, no properness, and I feel like that’s more realistic, much more in-the-moment than how a lot of writers do dialogue. That’s probably why I love Roy so much. But as much as I’m still enjoying this storyline and the characterizations overall, there’s a lot that gets muddled. Not so much in what’s being explained, it all makes sense, but I just keep forgetting what characters know what information and I get a little annoyed with the back and forth because it takes my focus away from the plot.

Roy’s spirit keeps me going sometimes. He was hilarious throughout the story, and is really coming into his own, protecting his friends when they’re too dumb or don’t know how to protect themselves. Even when being ridiculously bullheaded, like with Jason, he seems to be becoming much stronger character all on his own, so definitely something to be commended.

As for the art, I’m very 50/50 about everything. It literally went panel for panel for me as in; I’d like one panel and then hate the next one. At one point, I actually thought there were two artists on the issue. However, it all seemed a lot cleaner than the past few issues Gopez has done.

The story seems to be picking up pace right now, though. The Untitled have gotten into the city and Jason seems to have agreed to lead the League. Why do I get the feeling its all a ruse? And flaming swords that materialize out of nowhere? Just another day in the life of Jason Todd, I guess. I think that’s what makes this title so fun, you literally have no idea what’s going to come next.

4 out of 5 nerds


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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.