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Red Hood and the Outlaws #12 - We Are Family--Come On Everybody and Die! Review

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The space adventure continues but the question is, can everyone survive the crazy plan cooked up by Roy?

The Good

With each issue, I can't help but chuckle over the outrage many had in regards to Starfire. This arc is pretty much focused on her. She's leading her own starship and is on her way to liberate her entire planet. If that doesn't convey the fact that she's an extremely strong female character, I don't know what does.

Throughout this mission, we get more sprinkles on the relationship between this 'un-team.' Roy has been portrayed as a bit of a goof but even with him, there's clearly more than what he shows on the surface. Throw in Jason Todd and there probably isn't another group of three better suited to be together.

After reading through the issue the first time, I realized I almost didn't really notice that Kenneth Rocafort didn't work on the issue. Thinking back, there were some times that I realized some things looked a little different but I must have been engrossed in the story so much, I didn't dwell or focus on that. If Timothy Green II is the new penciler and Blond is still doing colors, my fears over Rocafort shifting to SUPERMAN can be laid to rest.

As Roy was explaining the current happenings, we did get a flash to a concern I had previously. Jason's flight attendant friend, Isabel, that got pulled into this current mess seemed to handle being out in space too easily. At least there is some acknowledgment over it here.

The Bad

I'm trying to get used to Jason not only being out in space but being so friendly with Isabel. I'm not saying Jason was a monk before but dating was never something he was involved in. You could say it's about time he started thinking about that but I'll see how it plays out.

Jason did look a little off when not wearing his helmet. Towards the end, it almost looked like the inking had changed but the credits don't list anyone besides Green.

I always try to avoid solicits when I can. It's not always possible when it comes to writing about and reviewing comics. Seeing what could 'possibly' happen in issue #13 could spoil where this issue appears to be going. It's too bad this story is getting interrupted by next month's zero issue (focusing on Jason Todd, fingers crossed, Mr. Lobdell).

The Verdict

The Outlaws in space continues. Seeing Jason and Roy partake in Starfire's adventures isn't something I expected to happen when this series first started. Seeing it play out has been fun and you have to love the banter and relationship between the three. We finally have a new artist since Rocafort will be moving on to SUPERMAN. I almost didn't notice it because Blond continued to do the colors and I was focusing on the story. There were some minor issues but the book appears to be in safe hands. The story is getting interrupted by next month's zero issue but stuff like this has happened in other titles before. It'll just serve to build up the suspense. RED HOOD is continuing to be a fun ride in a comic book form.

16 Comments
Posted by Imagine_Man15

I love this series, definitely my favorite book being put out by Lobdell.

Posted by grenade728

I didn't really notice the difference in the art either until I saw Jason's face for the first time in the comic. It wasn't bad or anything, it was just different.

Posted by The Stegman

BEST...COVER...EVER.

Posted by JayMar89

great issue great cover i started reading this series when this ark started and im not dissapointed the cover looks like an old school sci fi movie poster should be one of the best this week

Posted by Whiskeyjack

Loved the cover, had a very Drew Struzan sci-fi poster styling to it. Enjoyed the new artist, though I still wish it was Rocafort.

Posted by doordoor123

wait there was a different artist on this? That was so weird -- I didn't even notice.  
I love this book. Excited to see how controversial Lobdell's Superman is going to be. 

Posted by Wowlock

I didn't read this issue but from the looks of the cover...I can see where they are trying to go with it.... Hope George ''Toyboy'' Lucas won't sue the artist for it...

Posted by thenexusrebound

There were little hiccups in the art that bugged me, then again for 11 issues it was Rocafort so it will take getting used to. I do like Green's Red Hood mask a bit more though. I have to agree with G-man though, the rage from issue one seems silly when you put everything into context. Since comics are so episodic you have to realize everything builds on one another. I think Kori really shows how being around Roy and Jason changed her.

Posted by noj

I will be VERY disappointed if this cover doesnt make the best of the week list

Posted by zackattack529

well...all i can say is that at least Lobdell is being honest with himself about what title he is ripping off right from the cover he is paying homage to, ive said it many times. red hood in space no matter how good the story is, completley ridiculous and a waste of time!!! red hood needs to be grounded to earth where he can be an anti hero with outlaw partners, fighting gangs across the globe, drug dealers, sex trafficers etc etc. he doesn not need to play in this soap opera shinnanigan.

starfire- please go back to teen titans where you bleong

red hood- keep Roy and seek another outlaw. and stop reaching for the stars(litterally!)

Posted by Sekele

@zackattack529:

hey, I'm glad we have a series with actual variety in it for once

Posted by Zeeguy91

@zackattack529 said:

well...all i can say is that at least Lobdell is being honest with himself about what title he is ripping off right from the cover he is paying homage to, ive said it many times. red hood in space no matter how good the story is, completley ridiculous and a waste of time!!! red hood needs to be grounded to earth where he can be an anti hero with outlaw partners, fighting gangs across the globe, drug dealers, sex trafficers etc etc. he doesn not need to play in this soap opera shinnanigan.

starfire- please go back to teen titans where you bleong

red hood- keep Roy and seek another outlaw. and stop reaching for the stars(litterally!)

Hey, the Justice League, including Batman, have gone into space several times and fought fantastical and crazy villains like Despero, Darkseid, the White Martians, etc. In New Teen Titans, Robin and Kid Flash (other street-levelers) went to an entirely different dimension and fought Trigon, an all powerful demon. When a street-level character is paired with a fantastical one, it usually means that they will be thrown into fantastical situations. So, when Roy and Jason associate themselves with Starfire, crazy things are bound to happen.

Posted by 4thAgeRuneMarvel1mil

It was OK

Posted by PopRock123

I like where the story is going but I will miss Rocafort art but Timothy Green is doing a pretty good job.

Posted by DocFishstick

This is one of the best comics in the new 52

Posted by KnightRise

BEST COVER EVER!!! Its freaking beautiful, awesome homage!