RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #12
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Dexter Soy
Publisher: DC Comics
“THE LIFE OF BIZARRO” part one! Bizarro’s final days are upon us! As Red Hood and the Outlaws rush home to Gotham City in an effort to save Bizarro’s life, a new threat is unleashed in the form of Solomon Grundy! Can the Outlaws stop Grundy’s rampage without their most powerful member? Who unleashed the monster in the first place? And can Grundy defeated in time to save Bizarro from certain death? Find out in the start of a brand new adventure!
First off, I love the cover to Red Hood and The Outlaws #12. I can’t believe DC has never used “The Dead of Superman” image for Bizarro before. I guess maybe they needed the right story to use it in, and “The Life of Bizarro” fits it perfectly.
Anywho, this issue begins with Bizarro on his deathbed after the battle for the Bow of Ra. With the big guy down, Red Hood and Artemis must go on a mission on their own and leave Bizarro so he can hopefully recover.
It’s crazy how good Bizarro is in this book, he’s not just an evil Superman clone anymore. And it’s clear that the big guy has had a big effect on Red Hood and Artemis. Even if you haven’t followed this book regularly, you can tell right away that Bizarro has affected both characters. One of my favorite moments of the issue happens early on when Artemis says goodbye to Bizarro. What could have been a very a cheesy moment was well handled by Scott Lobdell, and I thought Artemis kissing Bizarro on the forehead was a sweet moment.
The big bad of Red Hood and The Outlaws #12 is the one and only Solomon Grundy. He’s never been a favorite of mine, but I really enjoyed him in this issue, and ]I hope we get to see much more of him in the future. His role as the main antagonist of this issue gave the story a ton of comedic moments that I wasn’t expecting.
I have to give Scott Lobdell a ton of credit, because he has done a great job developing these characters stories and personalities in this series. No longer are they the DCU’s outcasts who don’t care about anyone but themselves. They may not always show emotion, but you can tell they care about each other. Thanks to Lobdell, Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro, are finally fully developed characters.
The art by Dexter Soy is out of this world. His version of Bizaroo is massive, towering over his teammates. Even Solomon Grundy looks small next to him. Soy also delivers in the action sequences. The battle against Grundy is brutal, but the art is gorgeous the whole way through.
Red Hood and The Outlaws #12 is one of those comics fans shouldn’t miss out on. Even those who haven’t been following this series. Each character gets plenty of page time, and that’s on top of all action, suspense, mystery, humor, and heart this issue has.
Red Hood and The Outlaws #12 gets an: A+