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Redhood and the Outlaws
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Issue 1
Year
Nov 2011
Character
Dick
Role
Mentioned
Rating
Writer
Scott Lobdell
Artist
Kenneth Riocafort
Title:
"I Fought the Law and Kicked its Butt"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
#2
Official Summary:
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?

Comment:
What did I think? Dreadful. Also, according to the summary, Jason has put his days as an outlaw behind him. Has he been given a full pardon? Or in the New 52 has his past been rewritten so he hasn't killed anyone?

Okay, looking at the new series. It is made up of Starfire, Roy and Jason. Lets look at each one in turn.

Starfire has been made into a mindless being who enjoys sex with anyone. The essense of the character, so skillfully created and crafted by Wolfman and Dixon - that loving character who is so in touch with her emotions - is gone. She is no more than mindless, characterless sex object in this book. She may as well be a different character.

Roy - after what they did to him in Justice League Rise and Fall, he needeed to be rebooted in the New 52 but I think they've missed the mark on him too. Roy was so much more than the way he's been portrayed. The fact that Roy is happy to sit sipping cocktails with Jason Todd, the person Batman replaced Dick with and who tried to kill Dick on several occassions... kill someone who was supposed to be one of Roy's best friends... well, it just doesn't work, does it. Okay, so Jason rescued Roy. In the past, Roy would have said, thanks, but if you think we're now pals, you're wrong.

Jason - I like a happily ever after and for the most part, the writer has shown that that is possible. Jason wears the Batsymbol on his chest. Clearly he sees himself as part of the Bat-team or why would he wear it? Perhaps just to spite Batman. That works took, I guess. Dick and Jason's recent history seems in tact with Jason commenting on he trying to kill Dick and Dick trying to have him committed.

Dick is mentioned in passing as Starfire's Ex and former team mate. She doesn't remember him nor any of her team mates. This, in a nutshell, tells us how much DC values the Teen Titans of old... yes, the series that was their top seller in the 80s.

Imagine the potential for stories if this has been the Starfire of old who has taken up with Jason. First, imagine the fireworks between Jasona and Dick... and Kory putting Dick in his place. :)

Sorry. If you are a fan of Starfire or Roy, give this one a miss.

       


Issue 6
Year
Nov 2011
Character
Dick and Nightwing
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Scott Lobdell
Artist
Kenneth Riocafort
Title:
"I Fought the Law and Kicked its Butt"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
#2
Official Summary:
How did Jason Todd and Princess Koriand'r of Tamaran meet – and what has bonded them together in a way that neither could have imagined? At long last the story can be told! It's a scorcher!

Comment:
The author attempts to fill in the blanks with this story set before the beginning of the series. It relates the meeting between Kory and Jason.

I’m only going to comment on what relates to Dick.

As Jason lays unconscious, Kory comments that he is familiar… from another time.


Now I’m assuming she is remembering her time with Dick, because if not, Lobdell is suggesting she bedded Jason when he was underage. So, are we to believe that Jason and Dick look that much alike to Kory who apparently sees one human as very much like any other?

Jason, still hovering between consciousness and unconsciousness reflects on an encounter with Nightwing. First thing to comment on is the costume. It appears to be an amalgamation of two of Dick's former costumes.


In this flashback, the difference between Jason and Dick is highlighted. Dick is trying to share some of his experience with Jason, only to have Jason explode at him. Jason apparently sees everything as a competition, in particular his ability to be Robin.

I know I said I’d only comment on things that relate to Dick, but why is Jason naked for most of the comic? It’s tacky. I can only assusme this was why the official summary described this issue as 'a scorcher'. Like I said, tacky.

We learn that Kory has been living on her crashed ship on a deserted island… yeah, very clique. And why doesn’t Jason know Kory? Are we supposed to believe that none of the Teen Titans stories (in particular Brother Blood) didn’t happen in New 52? Besides, Dick was in a relationship with Kory. Are we to believe that Jason, as Batman’s partner, had no knowledge Dick’s life?

When Kory opens the cupboard to reveal the different costumes, we see the one from Jason’s semi-conscious reflections but also what looks like Dick’s present costume and the one other. This is the one Jason now wears as Redhood.


So, are we to believe that Redhood decides from that point forward, to wear an old costume of Dick’s? I don’t see Jason doing that. We’ve just been shown that he sees himself in competition with Dick so there is no way he’d permanently wear a Dick hand-me-down!

The author tries to show us that Jason has moved passed this competition with Dick. “She obviously loved Dick Grayson… almost as much as I hated him.” ‘Hated’ is past tense – so he no longer hates Dick? He has changed.


In another flashback, we are shown Jason was about to kill Batman, but Nightwing stopped him. I’m guessing this isn’t something Dick will forgive easily. Let’s just hope that Dick isn’t painted as the unforgiving brother in later stories, considering readers are supposed to accept that Jason has found redemption.


I also want to comment on the fact that in the flashback Jason is shown to be angry with Batman because he allowed him to be killed. This is 100% wrong... or at the very least different to what it has always been. Jason was angry with Bruce because he didn’t avenge him by killing the Joker. I honestly think Jason knows that if The Joker had killed Dick, Batman would have crossed the line. This is the true source of his hatred for Dick. ‘Dad’ loves big brother more.

In another flashback, we are given a glimpse of Dick, Kory and Roy working together in the old Titan days, so at least that still happened. Sadly, neither Kory, nor Roy seem to place very much importance upon this period in their lives.


At least we are shown that Kory knows she loved ‘someone’, but she seems to suffer some unique form of Tamaran amnesia because she doesn’t live in the past. Such a condition must hamper her badly as a warrior if she forgets each bad guy she encounters and only remembers their names if she sees them again!

Finally, we have Jason open up to Kory, telling her everything. Yep, that's what happens. Jason. Who trusts no one, suddenly opens up. Like I said, I like the happily ever after idea and that fact that Jason has turned his life around, but open up to someone he's only just met. Clearly the idea is to show that he has been completely open with Kory.


I understand the reason for this issue – fans wanted to know more and they wanted to understand more about the new history of these characters. The fact that Dick featured so prominately is clearly a response to fans wanting to know how Dick's relationship with each of these characters figures in the New 52. I’m afraid this comic simply doesn’t work for me, nor does the New 52's reboot of Kory, Roy and their relationship with Dick. I don’t know why they didn’t simply create two new characters to join Jason rather than using Kory and Roy and changing them until they are basically unrecognisable. As for Jason, he is likeable but his personality is a far cry from it was. So again, they may as well have created a totally new character. The only way I can read the New 52 is to view it as happening on an alternate Earth. If you do this... and squint... I guess it can work.




Issue 0
Year
Nov 2012
Character
Dick
Role
One image
Rating
Writer
Scott Lobdell
Artist
Pasqual Ferry
Title:
"Everyone Has to Start Somewhere"
Story Arc:
Zero Origins
After:
-
Next:
-
Official Summary:
Learn how Jason Todd came back to life after being killed by The Joker. • Do you really need another reason to check out this issue?

Comment:
Lobdell does a good job of making the reader feel very sorry for Jason. Dick appears twice... the same image repeated... at least, I'm assuming it is Dick.