Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Red Hood and the Outlaws # 12

Story: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy

The Life of Bizarro: Part One

Previously, in Red Hood and the Outlaws – The team has come together to defeat Black Mask, a rogue Amazon, as well as their own inner demons. But tragedy befell the Outlaws at the end of the last issue as Red Hood and Artemis witness their teammate Bizarro collapse and die right before their eyes.


Cloned on Wednesday

As expected, Bizarro isn’t dead yet, but he’s not in very good shape. The Outlaws are considered international war criminals now, so they can’t exactly take Bizarro to S.T.A.R. Labs for a checkup. Ma Gunn’s Home for the Criminally Infirmed, which also serves as a secret hideout for the Outlaws, will have to suffice, but as Ma Gunn points out, Bizarro’s cells are deteriorating at a very rapid rate and he needs more care than they can provide.

Kick Butt on Friday

Kryptonian cells are nearly impossible to clone, and Jason confesses he knew it was just a matter of time before Bizarro died, but that doesn’t make it any easier no matter how well he mentally prepares. Artemis, usually brash and emotionless, feels compassion for her new friends. The time for sadness must wait, however, as Ma Gunn suddenly rushes in with bad news: Solomon Grundy has escaped Arkham Asylum and is on a rampage a mere five blocks away!

Buried on Sunday

Red Hood and Artemis try to take down Grundy, but the undead monster proves to be more than the former Robin and the Amazon from Bana-Mighdall can handle. Meanwhile, back at Ma Gunn’s, even in a coma Bizarro can hear the beatdown his friends are taking at the hands of Solomon Grundy. Ma Gunn warns Bizarro that if he leaves to help Red Hood and Artemis he will die, as he is too sick to fight. In a single, tear-jerking panel Bizarro says he knows, but his friends are more important.

That Was the End of … Bizarro?

Just when it looks like Jason Todd is going to be killed again, this time by Solomon Grundy, Bizarro flies in at supersonic speeds and puts the grammatically incorrect beatdown on the nursery rhyme themed villain. Even with Grundy down and out, Bizarro keeps punching to protect his friends. When Artemis tells Bizarro it’s time for them to go home, Bizarro replies by telling them he is home because he’s with them. And with that, Bizarro appears to die for real this time. But with the sudden arrival of Lex Luthor, perhaps this isn’t the end of our anti-hero after all…

Next: Two Words – Lex and Luthor!

Sum it up!

What’s up with these emotional issues DC is putting out lately? I never would have thought writing a review about a story about Bizarro would leave me choking back tears, but once again Red Hood and the Outlaws have exceeded all expectations. I think this is my favorite Rebirth book – it’s consistently excellent every month and is the best “buddy” book out there by far, putting Justice League and Trinity to shame.

Score 9/10

Noah O'Toole | NCR

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