Red Hood / Arsenal #1

Red Hood / Arsenal #1

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Denis Medri Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 10, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 10
5.8Critic Rating
5.4User Rating

These brothers in arms face off against incredible odds while burning their way through the underbelly of the DC Universe - and it's only a matter of time until they get gunned down in return!

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - TBU Contributor Jun 12, 2015

    Man this was a fun book. I love this pairing. I think Starfire being away from the two will definitely be a game changer and for the better as the attitude with her around was more or less distracting in my opinion because both Roy and Jason were dating her on and off. I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Jun 12, 2015

    All in all Red Hood/Arsenal #1 was actually a good book. It sets the story up like any good first issue should do. The art wasn't bad and I'm interested to see where Red Hood and Arsenal will go now that they're making what they do into a legit business. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Jun 16, 2015

    While this particular issue may not be exactly what readers are expecting, what with one of the main characters being absent for the majority of it, it is definitely an interesting start to the series. Personally Im not completely sold on the redesigns our two stars have received in the wake of The New 52, my initial impression is that this is going to turn into a pretty fun buddy hero book. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 10, 2015

    Part of the problem with this series as it has been before in the new 52 was its lack of interest to those who were not fans of the two characters. As it stands it doesn't seem as though they have managed to break that trend. While this is a decent enough introduction to the characters for those looking to jump on board for a #1, it also ends up feeling a bit like an inside joke as the series often has before. It would do better to reach out to a broader base of fans, as the characters are fun, but by not doing so it ends up being a bit mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 13, 2015

    Terrific visuals,with an unfunnystory. I'll give the next issue a read in my store next month before purchasing it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Christopher Blieka Jun 16, 2015

    We're not taking this serious and neither should you. Just have fun." It's bright and colorful and the crimson reds really pop off the page. If you're looking for a quick, entertaining read, then this may be the series for you. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 10, 2015

    While this book probably won't attract any readers that weren't Red Hood and The Outlaw fans, I'm happy to have it because I'm one of those fans.  Yeah, we have Jason and Roy back on a paneled page, but something seems to be lacking from what we've been used to and it feels like it's more than just Starfire being absent and I hope that changes in the future......the thing that's missing feel........not Starfire.  The humor and the over the top action is in place, but sadly the art is really lacking in this book and brings the whole issue down. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 10, 2015

    Red Hood/Arsenal #1 is thus far mediocre. I appreciate the direction and tone it is trying to go for (buddy superhero action comedy), but the writing is too forgettable and the artwork is just below average to really make this book work as well as it should. I can't really recommend this comic yet unless you were an enormous fan of Red Hood and the Outlaws beforehand and want more from these two characters. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 10, 2015

    As a one-shot, this could have been a killer action piece. Yet as the introduction to an ongoing, it offers new readers few reasons to invest time in these one-dimensional action-hero pastiches of an era in comics some of us are still trying to forget. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 14, 2015

    Implications of something different, but kind of feels like the same-old, same-old… Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 15, 2015

    Removing Starfire from the Outlaws equation seemed like a move that could work. (After all, the book wasn't great with her in it - could it get worse?) But Lobdell fails to do anything new with the characters that remain. That's the problem with the book. It's not going to be the worst book on the stands, but it doesn't even feel like it wants to be the best. I'd rather see creators try and fail to execute big ideas than deliver something so textbookly mediocre. That's not to say that this book can't get better, but it feels like this title has a low ceiling - and worse, that the creators are okay with that. Read Full Review

  • 4.4
    Comic Crusaders - Cedbill Jun 10, 2015

    All in all, this issue was pretty crushing for someone who had high hopes after reading the conclusion of Red Hood and the Outlaws. I mean, same writer, how bad could it be? Apparently bad enough where now I'm debating on whether or not to pick up the second issue, and the only argument I can find for it is that I love Roy Harper and this is the only series I can continually find him in. I wish I could tell all fellow Outlaws fans to rush to buy this issue, but that wouldn't be honest. This is Lobdell at his worst, and I hope to see him get back to his better stages soon, because I know he can write these characters better. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Sean Buckley Jun 13, 2015

    Overall: Swing and a miss. Scott Lobdell continues his quest to destroy all the bad-ass cache that had been built up since Under the Red Hood and Battle for the Cowl. I'll save you some time. Unless you're an avid collector of #1 issues or a big-time fan of Jason or Roy, don't bother with this book. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 15, 2015

    Ultimately, the twenty-page story in "Red Hood/Arsenal" #1 is less impressive and less memorable than the eight-page free preview DC gave to readers last month. The generic foe of this adventure doesn't bring much gravity to the comic, which finds a tidy conclusion; likewise, the situation itself doesn't pack as much drama as Lobdell and Mesri fit into the eight-pager, which promised a significant menace with far-reaching effects. "Red Hood/Arsenal" #1 feels like less of a start to an ongoing series and more of a sample. If the creative team returns to the tale they started in the preview, "Red Hood/Arsenal" will definitely be worth checking out again. Until that point, this title is going to have to work a little harder to keep readers locked in from issue to issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark_Tzitzimine Jun 12, 2015

    Lobdell promised a fun buddy cop movie with these two and he made good of his word. The story is simply but filled with action from start to finish while also seeding future plots for the boys to tackle. Medri's art while stilized is vibrant and very dynamic, melding perfectly with Lobdell's script and giving us an issue that is also a visual treat.

  • 4.0
    Tamère Jun 10, 2015

    Perfect example of a comic that has stuff to offer, yet does not deliver at all. Not being too familiar with the Outlaws, I cam into this with no expectations but to be entertained, and even that wasn't fullfilled.

  • 3.5
    666nashville Jun 12, 2015

    Let's just hope this was DC You's first and only really bad book. Roy Harper is a character I've always found engaging, yet it did not feel that way in this issue. I really don't see why this book was given a second chance after the horrible New 52 version, while others like Supergirl got axed. I guess not every decision can be right.

  • 2.0
    FuzzyCracker Jun 10, 2015

    It's slightly improved from the previous run. But it's still stuffed with cringey, awful dialogue, and an abundance of useless narration boxes. Still the consistently worst book of the post-Flashpoint world. After 41 issues, it's pretty clear that the "Red Hood as a main character" experiment is a failure.

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Jun 20, 2015

  • 7.0
    iAmTru Jul 27, 2015

  • 6.5
    Zumba Jun 11, 2015

  • 5.5
    ZanderStein Jun 14, 2015

  • 5.5
    DarePool53 Jun 27, 2015

  • 2.0
    Juanpk26 Jun 10, 2015

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