Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Mirko Colak
The issue starts out amazingly with Red Hood heading a meeting with everyone who worked for Black Mask. He gives them one chance to get all their crap and get out of Gotham. Then comes Bizarro making a superhero landing that causes everyone to go flying and him and Red Hood fight some criminals. This is when Red Hood gets a flashback of when he almost beat a criminal to death and had to be stopped by Batman. He sees himself in Bizarro and that may not be a good thing. Love it!
It's not over yet though as Killer Croc comes after them but we soon discover he's a fake. Bizarro goes too far and takes Croc’s head right off. He claims he knew it was a fake but Red Hood knows better.
Next we get treated to a Bizarro origin story and it's short, sweet and tells the reader all they really need to know. There were many clones including Bizarro and the only problem that couldn't be solved was being both physically and emotionally unstable. Bizarro was supposed to be destroyed but was left in his chamber. Until now of course.
All of this makes Red Hood think that he needs to destroy Bizarro. So he makes a visit to the Batcave (conveniently while Bruce isn't home) and takes a sliver of Kryptonite. At random times Red Hood gets flashbacks of his time as Robin which is done so well.
The issue ends with amazing art and a perfect Of Mice and Men inspired scene. Red Hood takes Bizarro to a secluded area beside a lake or pond surrounded by trees. The colors here are incredible! Bizarro looks off into the distance and basically says he knows what he is. The memories he has aren't his they're Superman's and that his memories start with Red Him and Red Her. Excuse me while I wipe I tear from my eye. I love this series. Of course Red Hood doesn't pull the trigger and takes Bizarro home.
What else can I say? This is one of the best Rebirth series! This issue did such a good job at showing how smart Bizarro really is even if he's a little aggressive at times. But of course Red Hood was the same way so why can't Bizarro learn? And Colak is the perfect artist for this series. He captures the characters perfectly and that last scene?! B-E-AUTIFUL!
Brandon Reid | NCR