Story: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy
Who is Artemis? Finale: Outlaws at War
Previously, in Red Hood and the Outlaws: Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro have tracked the Bow of Ra to Quarc. The leader of Quarc accidentally brought Akila, the Shim’tar of Bana-Mighdall Amazons, back to life. She possesses the Bow and is ready to destroy everyone and everything.
***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***
He Said, She Said
Red Hood and Artemis are already at an impasse – she believes Akila is her friend, and the General of Quarc is in possession of the Bow of Ra. Red Hood knows differently as the General revealed the truth: Akila the Shim’tar has been resurrected and wields the full power of the Bow. When Artemis witnesses Akila murder the General she also realizes the truth and laments, “Dear Goddess. What have I done?”
Bizarro vs the Mountain
Still attempting to help the Quarc refugees, Bizarro punches through the side of a mountain, causing several tons of rubble to crash down on Akila. The setback is merely temporary as one punch from Akila knocks Bizarro out cold. It buys enough time for Red Hood to attack Akila with the All Blades – dual swords that only work against magic and draw their power from Jason’s soul.
I Choose You
Bizarro regains consciousness and joins Red Hood in his battle against Akila. As Artemis picks up the Bow of Ra, she recalls her teacher’s words: “A warrior doesn’t choose her weapon… it chooses her.” And with those words Artemis realizes the Bow chose her, and with that power she is able to defeat her former friend and sister Akila. All is not well in the world of the Outlaws, however, as Bizarro suddenly collapses without a heartbeat … Bizarro is dead!
Next: Bizarro Am No More!
Sum it up!
The story, the art, the character development, the excitement, the adventure … I could go on and on about what a great book Red Hood and the Outlaws is. Despite a few glaring errors in the coloring department (on page 16 Artemis’s boots completely change to a different color) this is a near perfect issue.
Noah O'Toole | NCR