Saturday, December 22, 2012

Girl In The Hood: Outlaws 15 Edition

Elizabeth Airelle

                                           "It Only Hurts When You Laugh"

Continuing from last issue Jason is in Isabel’s apartment; she was drugged and forcibly overdosed. Jason is surrounded by Gotham SWAT and Detective Bullock. He tells Bullock he is going after whoever did this to her, Bullock doubts an “ordinary citizen” dressed only in a towel is getting past Gotham’s Finest. Jason takes them out fast with a shower rail and takes Bullock’s keys. He mentions he can trust Bullock and calls him a good cop. He makes off with the police cruiser to warn the other Batfam but Joker ambushes him with knock out gas.

When Jason comes to he is unable to move and is alone with the Joker. The Joker got his hands on one of Jason’s helmets and drove a crowbar through it. The Joker wants to try “new material” on Jason. When Jason doesn’t laugh Joker states that the two of them were quite the team back in the day.  Joker wrote the material and Jason read the lines, until he improvised the ending. Jason has no clue what Joker is talking about but can’t let it get to him. Joker is about to strike him with a crowbar until Jason kicks him off. Under Ducra, he learned how to overcome toxins in his body, Jason gets the upper hand until he grabs the crowbar which electrocutes him and knocks him out.

At the hospital Bullock gets Isabel’s phone. He thinks it’s suspicious that a girl with no drugs in her house, no track marks and no priors would have an overdose. He calls “J-first class” and states he wants to get to the bottom of this as well. Meanwhile Kori and Roy are off on her island.  After Roy made some improvements to Crux’s cruiser they intercept Bullock’s call to Jason and hurry off to Gotham.

When Jason wakes up this time he is wearing a helmet and is somewhere else. Jason runs off to find Joker who is speaking over an intercom.  As he races forward he notices the bullet fragment that was pulled from his Father. Joker hits a nerve and Jason keeps moving and stops when he comes across a couple manikins displaying the scene when he found his mother “dead” from an overdose on the street. Jason doesn’t understand how Joker knows all this and he trips over a medical box he tried stealing from Doctor Leslie years ago. Jason doesn’t believe Joker was there throughout his life, that’s he is “punch line to some stale joke”. Joker says that he kind of his and would he lie to family? Joker then releases a trap door which Jason falls down and he is again rendered unconscious next to Tim Drake aka Red Robin!

Kori and Roy have arrived in Gotham. She states that Gotham city feels less safe than the prison camps she grew up in. She is surprised that someone as warm as Jason came from here. They have no leads on Jason other than a call from Wondergirl to Batgirl. Kori asks what it has to do with them. Roy states maybe nothing, maybe everything but for sure it was Joker related. The issues ends with Roy and Kori come upon the Teen Titans being attacked by Jokerized thugs…..

This issue was a good showdown between Joker and Jason.  Todd holding his own and doing a good job of not letting the Joker get to him was great to see. He doesn’t let himself get too emotional while fighting which had to take a lot. Joker brings up events from issue 0, in which Joker manipulated Jason into becoming Robin, which now Jason finally knows.  He does not seem to believe Joker but this is far from over between them. I can’t wait to see it play out more between them.   I was happy to see Bullock in this as he is one of my favorite of Gotham’s finest. Jason has known him since he was a kid so it makes sense that he would trust him.  Also anyone who reads Teen Titans will know that Tim Drake was kidnapped last issue and this reveals briefly what happened to him.  It’s going to be awesome to see Roy and Kori fighting along the Teen Titans. Speaking of Teen Titans the story should continue in next week’s issue!

Until Next Time Hoodies!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Girl In The Hood: Outlaws 14 Edition

Elizabeth Airelle

                     "Up, Up And Away...My Beautiful, Beautiful Balloon!"

The Outlaws are on their way home when there’s a knock on the spaceship. Superman is requesting to speak to Starfire.  Superman is one of three things Jason fears. Superman is one of the strongest people in the universe. They do not think Superman is there for any good reason.  The team debates on what they should do so the decide to teleport back on Earth to the island where Kori’s other ship is in hopes that he cannot follow them. Jason is not convinced and in mere seconds Superman is right there with them.

Superman attempts to talk with Starfire but she open fires on him. Jason and Roy join in but they do not do much if any damage to him. It’s Isabel who stops the fight stating how ridiculous they are all acting. Superman explains why he is there. An alien named Helspont came to Earth looking for other aliens to join his cause, he wonders if he visited Kori as well. She says that a servant acting on his behalf asked her to join and she declined. Kori states that he wants the Outlaws help but his kryptonian stubbornness prevents him from asking for help. Superman says it’s taking all his self-control not to turn them in for their various crimes, but won’t because Batman vouches for them. Superman takes a moment to mention to Jason he remembers when, as robin, he saved his life now Jason’s life is a mess. Superman leaves and Roy wonders if they should try to find Helspont, to which Kori asks him where would they even start?  Jason asks Roy to take Isabel home, to Gotham City!

The Outlaws decide to spend a few days in Gotham. Jason is taking a shower when he asks Isabel to bring him something to wear, when she doesn’t answer him he gets concerned and grabs the shower pole for a weapon. He steps out into the living room where he finds her lying on the ground overdosing on some sort of drug. He knows someone else had to do this; he grew up around addicts and knows she isn’t one. The news turns on with weatherman “Jack Napier”, who tells Jason that EMTs and Gotham police are almost there. Jason asks why and Jack reveals himself as the Joker. As the  SWAT team enters the room Jason swears if Isabel dies he will kill Joker….

The issue was a good set up for the next arc. I didn’t care much for the art but until we get a steady new artist I think we will all keep comparing it to Rocafort’s. Isabel living in Gotham was funny and I liked her a lot in this issue, she did more than just stand around while everyone fought, with a few words she got everyone to settle down and put things in perspective. I really hope she survives death in the family. “For The Man Who Has Everything” remains canon still, which means he’s met Wonder woman and fought Mongul. Also it’s a good story, worth checking out.

The ending was a great way to start of Death Of The Family for Red Hood. Isabel is dying and he has to evade police capture.  The Joker is sure to have even more planned for Jason. The next few issues should be awesome and it’ll also be a Teen Titan crossover!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Girl In The Hood: Lucky Issue 13 Edition

Elizabeth Airelle

“The Moon’s Up, And the Sun’s Down- And A Thousand Starry Eyes Have Caught Me Dying”

     The issue opens with the Blight High Lord declaring victory over Tamaran when he is distracted by two shooting stars heading towards him. An intense blast of heat and light hit the soldiers, revealed to be Koriand’r and Komand’r. The Blight move in to attack but get ambushed by Red Hood, Orm, and Arsenal. The freed butinfected Tamrans also join the fight. 

  Meanwhile aboard the Starfire, Depalo makes a deal with the Blight to surrender. The ship is set to self-destruct and K’tten, Isabel and the rest of the crew evacuate leaving just Depalo to his thoughts. He thinks back to the day when Kori left Tamaran after trying and failing to put the past behind her. He tells her he knows her heart and it’s boundless in its capacity for love-friends and enemies alike. He wishes she would stay but he wants her chance for happiness. 

     The countdown is complete and the Starfire explodes inside of the belly of the Blight’s mothership. Komand’r gets mad, seeing this as more blood on her hands.  She gets hit by the Blight Lord’s javelin. That gets Koriand’r mad and she unleashes a powerful blast of her power, which wipes out the Blight’s forces. She grabs the blight lord by the throat and kisses him, burning him on the inside she kills him.

  A week later Kori is at the throne room. She is thinking about how for so long she just wanted revenge on her people for abandoning her. She realized that the only way she could be free would be to forgive them, and that the last thing she wanted was to rule anyone. Komand’r is still healing from the battle, and askes her sister to stay and help rule the planet. Kori however wants to stay on Earth for she has found friends and maybe love. This makes Komand’r happy, but secretly worries about the gathering of the thirteen and secretly vows that she would sacrifice herself before she lets that happen.

     Before they knew it they were ready to leave in the newly commissioned H.M.S Depalo, its first flight will be to return everyone home. Meanwhile back on Earth, in Kori’s hidden ship they have an intruder. It’s the Joker and he is looking for something. He finds it, its Jason’s helmet he states “Here we go” and starts laughing…

     This concludes the Starfire arc. I really hope that the people who read issue one then months later kept writing about how bad Starfire was being written will read this arc. It shows what she’s made of and shows just how string she is. Roy narrated and brought a little light onto this serious situation. This storyline definitely put these two more into focus, the story revolving Starfire and with Roy narrating  we got to get inside of his mind a bit. We see how he feels about her, and we know how she feels about him.

  Depalo’s sacrifice was really sad. His loyalty to Kori just shows the kind of love she can bring out in people, even a Domintor. Komand’r has been completely redone in the new 52. Unlike the evil sister who willing sold her sister into slavery, this one had no choice and felt great sadness for years about it. She loves her people but carries a lot of guilt. She felt a lot of pain and guilt for Depalo’s death even though he wasn’t her soldier. I hope we get to see more of her in the future even in other books.

  Jason didn’t have the spotlight on him but that is about to change. The Joker disappeared for a year and clearly was planning and finding out everything he could about the Bat Family, for him to have found Kori’s ship. Makes you wonder what is he planning and how will it affect the book ?

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Friday, September 28, 2012


So the Lobster owed me quite a few questions for weeks of No Ask Lobdell due to being busy...writing. We rectified this last week by doing more of a live format where Hoodies submitted their questions and then Scott popped on the same thread in the middle of the dark, dark night and answered 'em. So we've got a recap for ya-----Mike

  • Amy Nim I noticed recently that Roy's tattoo in RHATO is, ah, pretty doubtfully Navajo, unlike the arm band tattoo he had previously. Does Roy still have his Navajo heritage?
  • Krissy Kris Collins Will Red Hood be getting his own comic book? Would he be interested in writing for a solo Red Hood book?
  • Krissy Kris Collins For Issue #15, the Red Hood & Red Robin team up but at the same time there's friction b/w the Titans & the Outlaws. What should we expecting? A bloodbath?
  • Rock Roche With Star and Hood getting their own arcs, when is Arsenal going to get some focus and will Chesire be showing up?
  • David Napier We will be going back to the untitled? I feel like there is more to the story to be explored?
  • Dezhmond Young Are we goin' to get some Jason Todd solo missions to make up for him bein' out of the book for a while?
  • Krissy Kris Collins Jason Todd has never done well with psychological attacks and the Joker is full of those attacks. How will the Joker terrorize Todd in the coming issues of Red Hood & the Outlaws?
  • Dezhmond Young @David...the untitled, I believe, are bein' handled by Essence.
  • David Napier @Dezhmond doesn't mean they won't interact with her or against them again
  • Adam Campbell the Outlaws have been to a wide range to exotic locales in their jet-setting adventures. where do you intend to send them after the Death of the Family?
  • Austin Rodriguez Can you have DC make a replica of Roy's hat? Also is Jason going to play a big part in Death of the Family?
  • Adan Velasco Quevedo Reading the issue 0 preview, I see that the whole business about Jason stelaing the Batmobile tires is out of continuity now. Why's that? I mean, aside of Jason´s dying, a lot of people knows him like the kid who was stealing Batman and live to tell the tale, or at least didn't end in jail :P
  • Alexis Parrick Saw the 0 Preview and loved it. Now with Jason and Tim doing a tag team up against Joker, are the others "Outlaws and Teen Titans" know the two "brothers" know each other? Or is its some misunderstanding that they call can joke about later?
  • امير أنور Whenever the mod says he's taking questions for Ask Lobdell, I refrain from taking part in it. I don't think the mod views Jason Todd the way I do so I don't think he'd ever choose a question I wanted to ask.[Hoodie Admin note: I must be a real free speech killing SOB huh?] Here's to hoping you would read and answer my very elaborated question Mr. Lobdell: I love Batman, it isn't just because he owns the night but his legend and life that inspires me. Training his mind and body to become perfect. Living a life of secrets, pretending to be someone that he's not during the day. The loss, the death of his parents, is something I can relate to... that feeling is eternal. That's why he is Batman. I never thought I'd feel so connected to a fictional character. I read almost everything there is to know about Batman. As I began to read about Jason Todd I felt that same connection I felt when I read about Bruce. It wasn't all the things that happened in Jason's life but his personality that I felt was so similar. Lot of people see Jason as a gun waving angry, egotistical punk but I think those people are ignorant. He has a rage I can relate to, something I have had a hard time suppressing my whole life. Even though his rage is an integral part to who he is, it is only second to him being an emotional and impulsive person. I see Jason as a highly intelligent person who does everything for a just cause. His confrontation with Batman and The Joker exhibited everything about him. He asked Bruce why he didn't kill Joker (Something I think people were dying to read) a question that is straight to the point. After that, we had one other interaction before the 52 ( and that wasn't so great :/ ). I know you mentioned you don't want to do another Batman/Red Hood story but do you see yourself ever writing a father/son scenario with Bruce and Jason? Something that is deep and beyond a few words. I feel Bruce still loves Jason as a son but is so emotionally distant because it's hard for him to acknowledge he's alive again and does what he does. Jason's death was important to Bruce as the death of his parents. It haunted him... it still haunts him. He lost his parents and a son... and now that son is taking everything he was taught and permanently ending evil. I know with Death of the Family we will see some kind of interaction but will we ever see Bruce reaching out to Jason? I read Scott Snyder likes Jason Todd and wanted use him beyond the typical ignorant view of him. I hope at the very least if you've read this that you speak to Mr. Snyder about the idea and perhaps see where it goes! Thank you thank you for putting the Red Bat on Jason's armor!!!! You probably didn't expect to get a question like this from a guy with a profile picture of a cat and his name written in Arabic haha but I would sincerely appreciate it if I heard back from you :) - Ehsaaz
  • Juan Aurelio Perez How will Batman treat Jason as compared to the other members of the Batfamily during Death in The Family? Also are we going to still follow Starfire and Roy, or will they get their own comic for a bit??
  • Alexis Parrick Will Isabel be a returning character? I think she's one of the best things that can happen to Jason. (Not that Roy and Kori are bad or anything like that.) She brings him back down to normal or something like that. Shipper of these two...
  • Philip Moore any news about a new reguler artist on red hood
  • David Napier After death of the family will Jason be more or less involved/in touch with members of the bat-family?

    And Lobdell Answers:

    Scott Lobdell Amy Nim: I will have to ask him. (How many ginger Navajos are there -- roughly?) Krissy K: Not that I know of, but, no, I wouldn't really have any interest. (I sort of do want to write a RED HOOD/RED ROBIN mini-series in the wake of events in Death Of The Family... but unlikely to get my way! Krissy K II: No blood baths. Rock Roche: Roy is kind of shy, but we'll be dragging him front and center soon. No plans for Cheshire.
    September 22 at 5:29pm · Like
    Scott Lobdell Whoops! I keep forgetting I shouldn't hit RETURN. More to follow...
    September 22 at 5:29pm · Like
    Scott Lobdell David Napier: Certainly, but I don't like to tell all the stories at once! Dezhmond Young: Who says he is out of the book for a while? His name is right there on the cover! Krissy K III (You again?! LOL!): It is going to be harder this time, because Jason is older and wiser. But if you've read the zero you know that Joker still has a few cards to play. Adam Campbell: France! Austin Rodriguez: How awesome would that be?! Hmm. I'll ask around! Adam Velasco Quervedo (that's a lot of letters!): Personally, I can believe a man can fly and that a billionaire dresses up as a bat to beat people up every night.. but someone stealing the tires from the bat mobile always struck me as several kinds of absurd. That said... I don't think there is anything in the Zero that says he wasn't trying to steal the tires off the bat-mobile. There were only four panels per page and we couldn't show EVERY-thing... Just sayin... Alexis Parrick: I am sorry, I don't understand the question. =( Ehsaaz: Wow, that is one long post! The answer is "Yes!"
    September 22 at 5:43pm · Like · 2
    Scott Lobdell more to follow...
    September 22 at 5:43pm · Like
    Scott Lobdell Juan Aurelio Perez: He is going to be too busy with Joker to treat Jason one way or another... but expect big things in the following month.
    September 22 at 6:39pm · Like
    Scott Lobdell Damn, have to stop hitting "Return!" Juan; We are following all of them throughout -- and Roy is even going to be taking over the Teen Titans for a little bit. Alexis Patrick II: Yes, and me too! Phillip Moore: My understanding is it is Timothy -- and the more you see of his work the more you'll see why it is an excellent choice! David Napier II: I would guess more.
    September 22 at 6:42pm · Like
    Scott Lobdell Wow! Was that it?! I'm so proud of myself!
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