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Red Hood and the Outlaws #11 - Star's Fading, But I Linger on, Dear--Still Craving Your Death!; Still Raging--After ALl These Years! Review

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Do you think you know everything about Starfire's past? This issue lays out her origin in the "New 52."

The Good

The comic may feature Red Hood's name front and center but this is about Starfire. We all remember the controversy over her when the series first began. Many felt she was a one-dimensional character but if anything, this current arc shows there is quite a bit more to her than there appeared. She may have been a teammate to Jason's unofficial team but seeing her in charge of her own starship has been pretty impressive.

The cover does boast that this issue contains Starfire's origin. We did catch a tiny glimpse in issue #3. This is where we find out what her story is in the "New 52." We've been seeing some characters go through changes while the pasts of others remains pretty much the same. But what's great is seeing who she is, what she went through and how she feels about everything. There are layers to her character and fans of Starfire should be pleased.

The fact that this arc is taking place off planet is a good change of pace. Despite Starfire's origin, it's not a direction I imagined seeing the series go, at least not yet.

Rocafort continues to do his magic with the art. I know it's already been announced that he's moving to SUPERMAN with Lobdell but I just can't imagine this series with a different artist.

The Bad

Jason's date. She's (apparently) just a normal flight attendant. The fact that she can so easily accept being out in space on a starship among aliens seems a bit much. It could be that the existence of aliens is accepted by some. It seemed a little odd that when she changes out of her dress into a spacesuit, it's cut so that her bosom is slightly on display. Perhaps this is to make up for Starfire's suit that covers her entire body.

Jason apologizing also sounded weird. He brings up Batman and it doesn't seem like he'd quite be ready to talk about that just yet.

The back up with Essence leaves me on the fence. I feel like she could possibly become a member of the team. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

The Verdict

Jason and the Outlaws are still in space. With the focus on Starfire, we're seeing that there is much more to her than there appeared to be in the first issue. Lobdell clearly has plans for her character. Having the trio go out in space takes the series in a different direction. We're now seeing Starfire take over the leadership role with Jason being more of a supporting character. There were moments where Jason seemed a little different but perhaps it's their surroundings (has he ever been out in space before) or it could be his time bonding with Roy and Kori that's allowing him to grow a bit. With Starfire's origin confirmed, we now know what motivates and drives her. The final page sets up for what will be an interesting conclusion to this arc.

27 Comments
Posted by doordoor123

I kind of agree with your faults of the issue, but I really liked it anyhow. Jason's date needs to die and the back up needs to end. Once that happens, all will be well.

Really excited for Blackfire and excited to see what Lobdell has in store for her. This is definately Lobdell's strongest book.

Posted by jwalser3

@doordoor123:Should I buy this? I'm looking for some New 52 to read. Is this a good time to jump on, or what issue would be better?

Posted by doordoor123

@jwalser3 said:

@doordoor123:Should I buy this? I'm looking for some New 52 to read. Is this a good time to jump on, or what issue would be better?

Yeah, it should be fine if you start with issue #10.

Posted by Dernman

Honestly not liking any of what Red Hood brings to the book. The essence/unnamed whatever story needs to go IMO.

Posted by CitizenJP

Best trio.

Posted by Fantasgasmic

You forgot the ridiculousness of the majority of the issue being a flashback, including the self-aware stupidity of Roy flashing back to Starfire's flashback. Also Jason's brown armor jacket thing on top of his black armor. WTF?

Posted by KnightRise

Starfire's crew of wayward voyagers and social castaways reminds me a little too much of Planet Hulk. Still loving the title.

Posted by Madame_Mist

I'm really liking the current developments. The art is always amazing.

Posted by Imagine_Man15

I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is my favorite team book... because they are such an unorthodox trio, but once you have them together, it works so perfectly.

Posted by Outside_85

Not really sure who to believe regarding the origins since Blackfire might just as well be the one telling the truth and Kory simply having dreamt hers up to cope with her situation.

Posted by sethysquare

Dont you guys just love the titles of Red Hood and the outlaws

Star's Fading, But I Linger on, Dear--Still Craving Your Death!; Still Raging--After ALl These Years!

I love it. So hippie friendly.

Posted by Sannom

Jason apologizing also sounded weird. He brings up Batman and it doesn't seem like he'd quite be ready to talk about that just yet.

I think you've got two moments mixed up here, Jason doesn't bring up Batman when he apologizes to Isabel (he doesn't bring up much of anything in fact, she cuts him off almost immediately), he brings him up when he gives his advice to Starfire (and he was cut off there too).

Posted by Danial79

Still loving this book, and I'm actually hoping Essence does join the team. Her back-up feature is pretty generic and bland, but I like the character from her earlier appearances and would like to see more of her interactions with Jason.

Has it not been announced who is taking Rocafort's place when he jumps over to Superman?

Posted by G-Man
@Sannom No mix up. Those two moments felt a little weird.
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Posted by Sleepwalker570

Rocafort's leaving?! Ah dammit.

Posted by daredevil21134

Sad to say this,but I haven't enjoyed the last 3 issues of this book

Posted by wessaari

@Danial79: Timothy Green 11 i believe. Dwayne Turner is doin issue 0 but Green will do 13 and on

Posted by LordRequiem

I wouldn't have thought Starfire needed a space suit.

Posted by Nocall

What is going on with Roy's face/arms in that cover? It looks like a bad deviant art drawing that someone photoshopped a hat onto.

Posted by grey_one

@Fantasgasmic: what...it's awesome....

@LordRequiem: She's a superpowered being it's hard to tell what needs what

@Nocall: it seems to be part of a protective suit

Now with all that said, I don't find it odd for Jason to apologize, I could tell it was odd for him to do so but it at the same time was needed since he dragged her into this.

Posted by gabisalamoni

I'm really loving to see more of Starfire's origin! If there wasn't the back up story and the unnecessary focus on Isabel (a character who has no reason WHATSOEVER to be in there), and instead more focus on the main characters and details of Kori's story, it would be perfect for me. I'm really REALLY sad that Rocafort is leaving, though. I think the work he is doing with this series is AMAZING and make it worthwhile buying alone. I hope that Green keeps the style.

Posted by Danial79

@wessaari said:

@Danial79: Timothy Green 11 i believe. Dwayne Turner is doin issue 0 but Green will do 13 and on

Cool. I can see his style working, even though Rocafort will be leaving an awfully high bar for him to meet :)

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Posted by sethysquare

Pascal Ferry would be taking over next issue.

Posted by DocFishstick

Just got to read this one and I liked it.

Posted by CircularLogic

@Danial79 said:

Still loving this book, and I'm actually hoping Essence does join the team. Her back-up feature is pretty generic and bland, but I like the character from her earlier appearances and would like to see more of her interactions with Jason.

Has it not been announced who is taking Rocafort's place when he jumps over to Superman?

Her early appearances? you mean the 2 pages in issue 1 before she was quickly forgotten then suddenly turned into a villain with poorly defined motivations?