Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Dexter Soy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 10, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 21
7.7Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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"Dark Trinity" part one! When a turf war puts Black Mask in Red Hood's crosshairs, Jason discovers that the False Face Society is not what it seems, and that the organization is about to auction off a powerful weapon. As criminals from all over the globe descend on Gotham City, Jason must prove that he belongs amongst the city's worst in order to gain access to this Dark Summit!

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Aug 10, 2016

    Much like Wonder Woman, the team on Red Hood and The Outlaws is on a roll. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Aug 10, 2016

    The creative team is thankfully not rushing things, but don't mistake that for thinking the story is moving along slowly. You will get some payoff when Jason comes across someone who will go on to form the Dark Trinity with him, just don't count on me to spoil whom that may be. In all honesty, this is easily the best Bat Family title that doesn't star Batman himself " but it sure is giving the flagship books a run for their money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Aug 10, 2016

    If you are one of the people who said, "Red Hood and the Outlaws are back in Rebirth, who cares?" you need to change your attitude and pick this up. Lobdell and Soy have this train running in the right direction. Jump on before you get run over. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 10, 2016

    If you're looking for complex and conflicted characters, look no further than Red Hood and the Outlaws #1. He might be your new favourite character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 10, 2016

    This is a well composed comic that offers enlightening character information that directly connects to the main plot. You'll be emotionally invested and raring for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Pwaelchl Aug 10, 2016

    Readers who see the cover with a sampling of B-list characters from DC's holy trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman may not have a lot to grab onto. But Lobdell succeeds in drawing new readers in with a larger plot that doesn't assume too much prior knowledge and a cliffhanger that will bring new readers back. For a group of B-list characters, Lobdell and Soy make a strong case for this as an A-list title if they can keep up the pacing and progression. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Paul Manzato Aug 10, 2016

    I really enjoyed this first issue and I am very excited for the next one. I read the New 52 run of Red Hood and the Outlaws for a time, and enjoyed the teaming of Hood with Arsenal and Starfire, but quickly lost interest with the tone of the book being a little too light for the character, at least in my opinion. This is the Red Hood I was hoping to see; tough and angry, doing what he feels needs to be done, but at the same time drawing on his past to help him move forward, even though that past is quite painful. I also liked the fact that they didnt just throw the team together, but were going to see the members coming together as Jasons time with Black Mask goes on. Better to build on the story and flesh out the players, instead of just in your face here you go, now like them. This was a great start to this book and I have a very good feeling this high will carry on into the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 10, 2016

    Scott Lobdell keeps giving Red Hood fans a really good book and while I may not have liked this issue as much as the Rebirth one, that's probably because I loved the Rebirth issue so much.  Dexter Soy's art is fantastic and I am really enjoying where this book is right now and am excited to see where it will be going.  From the cliffhanger, we should be getting there sooner than later. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Aug 10, 2016

    Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy are immensely comfortable in Jason Todd's shoes, and it shows. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 fulfills the first half of the issue's title, comfortably establishing the series' main threat and demonstrating Jason's new-found approach to a more ethical brand of crimefighting than he's used to. Irritatingly, there's still a massive question mark hanging over the series' long-term viability, as we have not yet been introduced to the last two thirds of the title's ensemble. Although it is yet to satisfy as a team book, Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 is one fantastic Jason Todd comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Aug 18, 2016

    Red Hood is a blast to read through, and will leave you wanting more, though that may be due to the length partially. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 18, 2016

    The issue concludes with Black Mask's master plan still quite secret, but the train heist Red Hood is assigned to complete does introduce Artemis to the comic (who doesn't look too pleased with Jason destroying her ride). Just what is on the train it needs an Amazon to protect? And what does Black Mask have planned for Gotham? We'll have to wait at least another month to find out. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 12, 2016

    I'll have to wait and see. And I'm pretty happy to do it, if for no other reason than Rebirth has been kind to the black sheep of the Batcave so far. It's only right that, as something of a misfit myself, I stand by Jason through this first arc. Here's hoping Scott Lobdell keeps this Robin flying straight. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 11, 2016

    Red Hood and the Outlaws has become the latest in a long line of DC books to receive a boost thanks to Rebirth. The improvement isn't as dramatic as some, but it's certainly nice to see the series given a fresh start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Aug 10, 2016

    A decent script by Lobdell, brought to life by Soy and Gandini, Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 is a strong opener. Time will tell if this level of quality endures, but for now, it's a fun book with artwork that demands repeat viewing. I'm still gladly recommending this title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Aug 10, 2016

    For a first issue, this isnt a bad setup, though it relies on a departure from a character with a rather firmly established personality. People can change, but I wonder if the changes were so drastic that it takes away from the spirit of Jason Todd. Still, this story could turn into something beyond the superhero double agent thoroughfare. Its worth reading, but the more interesting parts appear to be coming later rather than sooner. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Mike Annerino Aug 10, 2016

    At the end of the day, this is a good starting point. The dialogue and story moves along well enough and the art is top notch. It creates a world that I want to get invested in, so Im willing to wait it out for a few more issues to see where it goes. The character designs of Black Mask and the lack of overall edge hurt it, but certainly not enough to turn me off the book completely. DC is putting out a lot of better books right now, but even for the art alone Id say that this one is worth a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Aug 12, 2016

    This is writer Scott Lobdell's second Red Hood and the Outlaws #1, and he has definitely learned from any past mistakes. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Aug 10, 2016

    Overall, I think RHatO#1 was Ok, which is more than I thought I would be able to say about it. That said, based on the way it ended, what I know is coming in the future, and how much I enjoyed the Rebirth issue; I really wish this was a Jason Todd solo book. And maybe a Jason Todd solo book that wasn't just doing the plot from Grayson, but with Jason instead of Dick, as if it wasn't bad enough that they're doing the Grayson plot again in Nightwing anyways. Just my two cents. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Tyson Jones Aug 15, 2016

    In summation, this is a book a lot of people probably weren't looking at, but even if you've read Red Hood/Arsenal and the original Outlaws series, this is a book worth at least checking out. The potential for an amazing series is quite shocking. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Aug 11, 2016

    Despite this issue being a bit of a letdown, hopefully they will handle the introduction of Artemis well and next month we will start to see the series develop a little more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark_Tzitzimine Aug 11, 2016

    This issue was wonderful, everyone on the team is killing it. Lobdell's handle on Jason is pretty damn perfect, he know perfectly what makes Jason tick and the way he's intertwining present and past makes from some very interesting scenes. I have to admit is funny the way now he's being allowed to elaborate upon Jason's past now after being more or less off limits during the N52. I was also surprised at the way he wrote Ma Gunn. Aside of being an evil aunt May she never got much going for her and it was pretty one dimensional. Here in just a couple of pages Lobdell turned her into an interesting character that I wouldn't mind to see become a regular on the series. For all the criticism Lobdell gets about using inner monologues for Jason, I found them to be the perfect way to peek into his mind. You can learn a lot from Jason simply by looking at what Jason says and how he says it. I also liked his take on Black Mask, the "JJ Jameson as mob boss" take from UtRH while admittedly hilarious fit more a background character than a full fledged member of the cast. And thus, going for a more refined and full of himself Roman makes for an interesting contrast to Jason. It also helps to play more the "Dark Counterpart" of Bruce Wayne element that Roman has always had. Shame about the gimp mask tho. The slow buildup towards the introduction of the remaining outlaws does wonders to build hype and it will be more than worth it if Lobdell gives Bizarro an introduction as good as Artemis' Soy and Gandini are rocking on the art. Soy's detailed pencils and knack for splash pages give Lobdell's script an impact that had lacked since Rocafort left. But as good as Soy's pencils are, it wouldn't be the same without Gandini's colors. Washing out the colors during the flashbacks and constantly highlighting the colors on Jason (and as this issue, Artemis) gives the book a very cinematic feeling that makes it unique between DC's current lineup. I really hope they stick around f

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  • 9.0
    The Villain Aug 11, 2016

    The Red Hood Rebirth Issue really surprised me when it first came out but then it really got my hopes up for the start of the series and this first issue lives up to the hype as well. Scott Lobdell continues to make Jason Todd a very interesting and compelling character and Black Mask is introduced in this issue and he appears to be a very intriguing character as well. The cover is a little misleading but I'm very interested in reading on.

  • 8.5
    the green death Aug 11, 2016

    I like this a lot, it reads far more coherently than any other latter day Lobdell (and I don't mind his work, but sometimes the hyperactivity of his storytelling got too sugar rush for me) and the art is dang pretty and the pacing is really good. I didn't imagine I'd be in for this title, but I'm adding it to the pull list and honestly I wouldn't mind if it were twice monthly. Bonus points for taking the psycho-killer aspect out of Jason, makes him far more interesting IMO.

  • 7.5
    Comic Booger Aug 11, 2016

    I am excited for what is to come out of this, but this issue kinda moved in a rushed pace. The new trinity looks like something refreshing to the DC universe and the art continues to impress, but this yet has to wow me like the Rebirth special which had perfect pace, emotional writing and a great exposition. This maybe was a step down from that, but it was still enjoyable.

  • 4.0
    ComickerPerson Aug 10, 2016

    A Jason-centric issue that accomplishes what it needs to, but still relies too much on flashbacks and exposition to drive the plot forward. Soy's art does the heavy lifting here. Lobdell's dialogue fluctuates between passable and groanworthy.

  • 7.0
    Gunnarthehuman Aug 10, 2016

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