Yeah, finished reading issue 3 of "Redhood and the Outlaws" and gotta say it left ALOT to be desired....
The artwork was beautiful, but the scenes in which that little immortal kid S'aru the Protector viewed the personal memories of Starfire and Roy were very off putting, especially since they were supposed to be the most cherished memories of each Outlaw member. Jason's most cherished memory of his time with Bruce was very touching and made alot of sense as to why it was his most cherished memory, as well as made you sad that he surrendered it for good instead of reclaiming it like Starfire & Roy did theirs. However, Starfire's and Roy's memories made no sense at all and could not have possibly been the most cherished moments of their lives. Starfire's most cherished memory was of the time she brutally murdered a Citadelian guard during her time as a prisoner/slave, but not just any Citadelian, her victim was the ONE and ONLY Citadelian who took pity on her. Out of an entire race of brutal warmongers and conquerors, she killed the one Citadelian with a sense of mercy and sympathy towards her, a young girl enslaved over a political treaty despite her royal heritage! Seriously, how could THAT be Starfire's most cherished memory? Shouldn't it have been the good times she spent with her parents prior to the Citadel's attack and Blackfire's betrayal? Or the times she spent with the Teen Titans and/or Dick Grayson? Lobdell expects us to believe her fondest memory is of the time she killed an alien who was actually trying to reach out to her? God only knows what torture the other guards put her through after she murdered one of their own >_<. It would have made more sense if she killed the guard for trying to hurt her or something like that, but instead she just set herself up for more suffering by killing the one guy in that Citadelian prison with a sense of morality, seems more like something her psychotic big sister Blackfire would do. I mean, the scene makes Starfire look more like a villainess in the making as opposed to a defiant young heroine standing up for herself, it honestly would have played out better if the Citadelian had been hostile or violent, actually DESERVING to die the way he did.
Also, little kid Starfire possessed starbolts...This seems to suggest that in New 52 continuity all Tamaraneans are born with super powers as opposed to Starfire, Blackfire, & Darkfire being the only ones with Starbolts due to Psion experimentation like in the original continuity. I'm not sure what to make of that, other than wonder how the hell the Citadel was able to pose a threat to an entire race of beings with the same powers as Starfire when a child in chains can take down a full grown Citadelian warrior by herself...Or why the Citadelians only put her in shackles, were they unaware that someone so young could use starbolts? I mean, if they'd been at war with Tamaran before you'd think they'd know about their powers and how to properly restrain a Tamaranean (its like allowing a prisoner to walk about freely with a gun & expecting him/her not to shoot you). I suppose its possible that only Royal family members can use starbolts or something and they didn't know she'd mastered them yet. Also, the Citadelian she killed was very well spoken as opposed to being dimwitted like his species was originally portrayed (not a bad thing really).
As for Roy, his most cherished memory was of the time Killer Croc spared his life instead of killing him because he figured out at the last second that Roy WANTED to die so he wouldn't have to live with the pain of having been given the boot by Green Arrow and losing all his shares with Q-Core. Killer Croc people....Roy's most cherished memory is of the time KILLER CROC took pity on him & forced him to live with himself...I'm sorry, but that really comes off as pretty pathetic, especially given Croc's rep as one of Batman's most murderous opponents, him showing mercy to Roy really drives home how far he's fallen in recent continuity (and gives me newfound respect for the Red Arrow version of him from Young Justice). Its like adding insult to injury, he's hit rock bottom so badly that even a monster like Croc can't bring himself to finish him >_<
I've been trying to give the new series a chance, but I REALLY do not like how Lobdell has changed Starfire and Roy Harper, Roy's become a bit of a joke who likes to make not so funny quips and Starfire's screwy memory span and apparently ruthless younger self make you miss her original, true incarnation even more, I'm honestly not sure if I want to pick up anymore issues of this series, I FEAR what Lobdell has done to Starfire's past with the Titans at this point O_O
At any rate, what did you guys think of issue 3? Good or bad? And if ya vote bad, do ya think the series is still worth following or is now the time to throw in the towel & pray Lobdell's reboot is rebooted? Thats pretty much how I feel at the moment, I was willing to give lobdell a shot but this latest issue has me doubting whether I want to subject myself to anymore of his work, few signs of it getting better, more signs of it just getting worse.