Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Booknote: Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 3: Death of the Family

Scott Lobdell, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 3: Death of the Family. New York: DC Comics, 2013. ISBN: 9781401244125. 

I continue reading volumes from The New 52 series of Batman: Death of the Family. This time I finished reading Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 3: Death of the Family. I found this volume to be similar in terms of style to the Batman and Robin volume (link to my review of that). The Red Hood volume begins going over Red Hood's  youth and origin. From there, it moves to the well known (if you have been following this series) "dinner scene" featured in Snyder's Batman volume (link to my review of that here). Afterwards, we get the aftermath of Red Hood and the Outlaws, and a cliffhanger you'll have to read to find out.

I found Red Hood's story interesting because we see it from two perspectives. One, we get Jason Todd's own telling of the story. Two, we get Joker's telling where the Clown Prince sees Red Hood as his creation. This presentation certainly adds some depth to the story.

In terms of art, a detail I liked is the use of a theater poster style in the opening page of each of Lobdell's segments. The colorful, playful element goes well with a tale featuring the Joker. You should probably read this volume along with the Teen Titans volume (link to my review).

Overall, I really liked it, so I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure note: This is where I tell you that I read this as an e-galley provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review purposes. The idea was for me to provide a fair and honest review. There has been no compensation. There, we keep The Man appeased once more. 

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