Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth is the perfect jumping off point.
It’s no secret that comics are complicated. With multiple timelines, deaths, identities and superheroes – it’s hard to keep track of who’s who in mainstream continuity. Red Hood is one of those people. It’s an identity that’s been used so many times/ The current wearer is Jason Todd, who has a complicated history just to himself. Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth is perfect because it simply explains who he is.
But it does so in a way that doesn’t treat the audience as stupid. Which is a breath of fresh air in a world of heavy comic book lore. The book treats us to the backstory of Jason Todd. It’s a classic tale. Many comic book fans will be aware of the story already, but for those unaware it’s quick retelling of who Jason Todd/The Red Hood is. His identity is an important part of the story. And it’s a well crafted story. Although it was born out of coincidence, ‘A Death in the Family’ is one of the greatest Batman stories ever written.
It’s that good in fact, that even a pacy retelling of the story is still enthralling. Set against a current story of Red Hood seemingly threatening the Mayor of Gotham. But once his true intentions are revealed, we understand on a deeper level what his intentions are. And whilst you could easily compare him to Batman, there’s no denying that his methods have a little more flair than Mr. Wayne’s.
A character who has become a fan favourite makes his rebirth debut, and we thoroughly enjoyed the retelling of his origin. Although we can’t wait to see where the main story leads. Knowing Jason Todd, – probably in the direction we least expect.
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A great retelling of 'A Death in the Family'.
- Red Hood V Batman
- Mayor Sub-plot
- 'A Death in the Family'