Red Hood & the Outlaws getting new Rebirth series
DC Comics Rebirth event is putting a big blue Doctor Manhattan shaped band-aid on all the cuts and scrapes their titles suffered as a result of the New 52 initiative. One of those new Rebirth titles is Red Hood & the Outlaws. DC Comics new direction for Jason Todd puts him at the center of a new “Dark Trinity.”
This Dark Trinity has Jason in the role of Batman, Bizarro in the role of Superman, and Artemis in the role of Wonder Woman. The “Rebirth” Red Hood and the Outlaws title not only puts a new twist on DC’s more famous “Trinity,” but it also gives DC the opportunity to streamline Jason’s origin and revamp Bizarro away from his former not-so-smart portrayal.
DC kicks off the new Red Hood and the Outlaws title by Scott Lobdell and artist Dexter Soy with a Rebirth issue that re-introduces Jason Todd. Then the series launches with a formal #1 issue that establishes the new “Dark Trinity” version of the Outlaws. DC is streamlining Jason’s origin a little in Rebirth. They are taking what worked pre-“New 52” and some of what worked in “New 52”
When a shocking encounter with Batman solidifies the Red Hood’s status as a villain, Jason Todd goes deep undercover to take down Gotham City’s criminal underworld from the inside. Along the way Jason meets two unlikely allies: a disgraced Amazon warrior named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone called Bizarro. And thus the DCU’s “Dark Trinity” is born!
“I wouldn’t say anything is “different” per se, other than the way that we change as people move in and out of our lives. Whether it is the departure of an ex-girlfriend who has moved on, or the passing of a parent, or just moving across the country and getting a new job: As your situation changes, you are presented with new challenges and new opportunities. That’s what’s been happening with Jason for the last five years (of publishing, not comic book time). He went from a pretty angry loner, estranged from his family, to making some pretty intense friendships with Roy and Kori. We’ve even seen some of the wrinkles in his relationship with Bruce ironed out during both the original Red Hood and the Outlawsand Red Hood/Arsenal. (And please note I said “some” and not “all” — sometimes I feel Bruce and Jason will always have a “one step forward, two steps to the side” relationship) says series writer, Scott Lobdell.
Red Hood & the Outlaws
Creators: (W) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Std.: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith; Var.: Bengal
Solicitation: When a shocking encounter with Batman solidifies the Red Hood’s status as a villain, Jason Todd goes deep undercover to take down Gotham City’s criminal underworld from the inside. Along the way, Jason meets two unlikely allies: a disgraced Amazon warrior named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone called Bizarro — and the DCU’s “Dark Trinity” is born!
Appeal: Jason Todd’s career as the Red Hood has long fascinated readers, providing memorable stories that draw them into comic shops. His new alliance with two of the DCU’s most infamous characters an explosive new wave of action-packed thrills.