Today’s review is on Red Hood And The Outlaws 7, written by Scott Lobdell and drawn by Mirko Colak. This month’s issue has a slower pace than the Black Mask arc, with the story concentrating on the relationship between Jason Todd and Bizarro. I’ll start by saying I love the cover because it has an Of Mice And Men quality to it, which is a strong influence in the comic.
The issue opens with Red Hood doing what he does best: taking out the scum of Gotham with a little help from Bizarro. The two of them work well together, with Jason acting as a kind of caretaker and friend to the child-like Superman clone. There is a point where a thug brings out a robotic version of Killer Croc and Bizarro wastes no time in punching its head off, much to Jason’s dismay. The central focus is on Bizzaro’s unchecked power and how much of a danger he is to the world around him.
Artemis makes an appearance by checking Jason’s computer, as she continues to search for The Bow Of Ra. She gives Jason advice by saying he has to decide what to do about Bizarro before he hurts an innocent.
Red Hood visits Wayne Manor and has a heart to heart with Alfred. It’s always great to see Alfred interact with any of the Robins, and his conversation with Jason is heartwarming. Jason retrieves a shard of Kryptonite and takes Bizarro out to a secluded spot by a lake.
Bizarro has a moment of self-awareness as he gazes out at the beauty around him. He talks about wanting to be the best person he can be with the help of Jason and Artemis. This happens while Jason holds a gun loaded with the Kryptonite in a Steinbeck inspired scene. He chooses not to kill his friend and the two of them sit together in a peaceful moment.
I enjoyed the Of Mice And Men parallels, as well as the comparision to Batman and Superman’s relationship. Lobdell continues to do wonders with Jason as he displays his compassion. Colak’s art is a step down from the series regular artist, Dexter Soy. But the vistas of the lake and mountains at the end of the issue are incredible.
Red Hood And The Outlaws 7 is a stand alone issue that has a simple story behind it. But the characters at the heart of it are a joy to read.