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Nowhere Near as "Bad" as people claimed it to be!,
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This review is from: Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1: REDemption (The New 52) (Paperback)
I just got finished reading vol. 1 and I liked it so much, that I am already writing a review for it! And that says A LOT about how GOOD the trade is on it's own! Let me start by saying something almost forbidden, I think Jason Todd might actually be my favorite "Robin" even though he is the Red Hood now. He is just such an interesting piece of the puzzle that is the Bat-Family! Death was just about the best thing that could've happened to Jason Todd and the Bat verse, and this has been proven more than once in Red Hood the Lost days, Hush, and Under the Red Hood (note these stories are listed in chronological order so if you choose to read them, which you definitely should, if you keep them in this order it will help bring fluidity to Jason's timeline)
When Jason Todd comes into Red Hood: Redemption, you see how slowly he is actually starting to heal and little by little he is finding his inner Hero again. He meets up with 2 other "outcasts" (StarFire and Arsenal) and they quickly start to become a surrogate family for Jason. The story is both very fun and fluid. There is plenty of action, just enough mystery, and even a little dash of mysticism, to keep you invested in the story all the way until the end. When the end comes, you will most likely want more!!
Honestly I don't understand why people were trying to Give Red Hood and the Outlaws so much hatred to begin with. StarFire might be a little "loose" and "sexually liberated" but she is nowhere near as much of a "Bimbo" or a "Sex Doll" as fans were claiming. She still has her slave history in tact, and her "memory loss" doesn't actually indicate a lack of intelligence. It is stated that the way she processes memories is just more advanced than a normal humans' and she has the ability to truly Lock away those pesky memories that sometimes like to keep us awake at night. I also highly doubt that she "forgets" much of anything. You see hints of this dropped in her inner monologues and conversations with her team mates. You really don't even see any sex. It is just before and after panels. StarFire still kicks a lot of butt and Loves her friends, so minus the "new 52" chip on her shoulder and her slight resentment of humans for reasons not completely known for the time being, I don't think she has changed all that much as a character. I think her "we only live once" attitude actually makes her a much more firey and interesting character. In fact I actually quite enjoyed StarFire's potrayal, and trust me she is anything but "Passive" or "Submissive." Sure her outfit is Skanky, but what female Superhero's outfit actually looks like it fits her right? Arsenal was kind of meh as a character for me, but it isn't because he is unlikable at all. His jokes are pretty good and Every Downer (Jason Todd) Needs it's upper (Arsenal)and he definitely makes for some good comic relief, personally I am just rarely interested in the resident comedian.
Overall this story deserves 4.5/5 stars, but the reason it got dropped a point is because I see a lot of potential in this book and I believe it can actually get much better than it already is. This is one of the few Bat Titles that really leaves a lot of open space for character and story development. And I believe that the Red Hood is a vital member to the Bat-family after all because one day they are gonna need someone to play even further outside of their rules and take out the trash. Perhaps one day he will save a fellow Bat-Brother's life by killing an antagonist who almost managed to off one of the "batties." And it will be very interesting to see how the Bat-family reacts to this. Quite simply I Loved it and Believe it is a must read if you are into the bat comics.