Oh boy... It's time for me to check out the latest issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws... This series? Out of ALLLLL the comics I read? This is the one I WANT to enjoy the most. I so desperately WANT to love this comic book... It should be so good, and yet, thus far, for me anyway, it just isn't. Well, ever the eternal optimist, here's hoping THIS is the issue that turns it all around...
Red Hood and the Outlaws #8:
Summary: We kick things of here with a bit of a backstory concerning Jason. After leaving the All-Caste, he decided to take over the crime families of Hong Kong to make some money that he would use to kill the Joker(what happened there?) and pester Batman for NOT killing the Joker. Needless to say, the crime families of Hong Kong weren't exactly pleased at the idea of an American teenager taking over their racket so they try to kill him. Repeatedly. And fail. Repeatedly. In the end, Jason had gotten the money that he wanted and was planning on leaving, which was when Suzie Su arrived to pick up the pieces. Why are we learning all of this? Because a few issues back Jason shot Suzie(but didn't kill her), so she went to Gotham with some of her goons and has taken the entire children's ward of Gotham General Hospital hostage. Red Hood, Arsenal and Starfire sneak into the hospital and while Arsenal and Star kill Suzie's goons, Hood confronts Suzie by himself. That goes about as you'd expect, considering the fact that Jason is a highly trained fighting machine and Suzie is a morbidly obese woman. In the end, Jason gets Suzie at the point of his gun and asks if she could ever let her vendetta against him go. She tells him no, so he shoots her in the head. From there, Jason gets the call that Alfred put out to all members of the Bat-family in Batman #8, asking for assistance against the Court of Owls. Hood doesn't plan on getting involved until he is asked specifically by Red Robin(?!). It turns out the two have a really good, almost brotherly, relationship going on behind Batman's back(as if ANYTHING goes on behind Batman's back!), so Hood decides to stay in Gotham to help out. His target during the Night of the Owls? Mr. Freeze.
Thoughts: Well I'll be damned! A good issue of this series! Huzzah!!! Yeah sure, it wasn't great, Hood and the Outlaws were more murderers than heroes and the villain of the piece blew chunks(Suzie Zu, the morbidly obese Hong Kong mobster? Really?), but it WAS good! And the ending was, dare I say it? Great! See what happens when you get away from all of that All-Caste/Untitled crap? Jason Todd is such a good character that even with a crappy opponent like Suzie Su, he CAN rise to the top. So this issue told us definitively that yes, Jason WAS killed by the Joker in the post-reboot DCU(we still don't know how though), and that he still has at least one ally in the Bat-family, and an unlikely one at that, in Red Robin. Yeah sure, it would have been nice if this info came out 6 or 7 issues ago or so, but hey, better late than never, right?
Score: 7 out of 10.
Um, not to be a jerk and all, but can somebody explain to me why/how Jason's helmet is so expressive?