Monday, August 20, 2012

Girl In The Hood: Outlaws 12 Edition

Elizabeth Airelle

"We Are Family--Come On Everybody And Die!"

This issue starts off before Roy was kidnapped by the Blight. He is trying to cheer Kori up. Her crew has been taking out many of the enemy forces but she does not understand the motive for their attack on her planet.  DePalo and Kori take a moment to talk alone.  He tells her he has never questioned her before but he is concerned about her relationship with Roy. He thinks it will lead to heartache for Arsenal. Kori disagrees with him, saying she went to Earth to be alone and that he is different than any human she has met and will not let anything hurt him or her friends.

Jason and Isabel have a moment alone. She states how crazy it all is and what was he thinking asking her out. He states that he is more of a street fighting vigilante and this is all new to him as well.  She tells him that if she has to die anywhere is the universe with anyone she could do worse than him. He promises he won’t let anything happen to her.
            They walk in to find Roy and K’tten arguing. He thinks he can find a way to save power for the ship. She finds it so insane that it might work. When it does she is surprised to  find that humans are not as dumb as everyone says they are. They suddenly are breached when the Blight teleports directly onto the bridge. While Jason protects Isabel, Arsenal protects Kori from the transformer beam.

The flashbacks end and we now cut to where we left off in the present.  Roy had been explaining events to Komand’r. She finds her sister being intimate with Arsenal to be a humiliation to her family. The Blight interrogator warns Blackfire that she is not to overstep her bounds as she is a prisoner as well. Roy then states he remembers why he let himself get captured so he could grab onto Komand’r. A second later they are transported on to the Starfire ship.

We learn it was all a part of Kori’s plan. The ship makes a full about into the Blight’s mother ship. They cannot attack them without damaging their own ship. Blackfire thanks him for saving her.  Against the ideas of Jason and Orn, Starfire and Blackfire are left alone for the first time since the arc has started. They hug it out.  Blackfire apologizes for her ruse. She had to pretend to work with the Blight in order to stay alive long enough for Kori to arrive. Kori states she never doubted her and she is thankful she is alive. Kori understands that Kommad’r was only a child in charge of an entire planet when she was traded into slavery. Blackfire says she will never forgive herself.

Meanwhile, below, the Tamaraneans are prisoners to the Blight and are in bad shape. The leader is using them to keep his race alive. When the Blight invaded they discovered humans were on the planet as well. An Earth colonel and his wife it looks like. They came looking for something called “The Thirteen.”. The leader kills him and states it is only a myth and if the Thirteen did ever unite the entire Omniverse would be destroyed.

            Roy and Jason have a moment alone and Jason worries about the sacrifice he made to be used to go undercover to free Blackfire. Roy tries to shrug it off but Jason pushes the issue. Roy states that after he woke up in vomit with his best friend beaten to a “bloody green pulp”, and seeing all the damage in the wake of his bad choices, other things do not get to him so easily.

Blackfire and Starfire decide to go alone to take the biggest risk to save their planet. Kori asks if she dies for Red Hood and Arsenal to avenge the hell out of her! It ends with the two sisters flying off together to save their home.

This has been the best issue in the arc for me.  It puts Arsenal in the spotlight and we got a quick mention on his past with his fall out with Green Arrow.  We got to see that Roy is very smart.  Since the series began he has made his own weapons and has figured out how to use alien ships quickly (Crux’s ship and now this one). So he is not just some wisecracking sidekick. It feels like pre Rise and Fall Roy Harper is back.

Starfire understanding and forgiving her sister was awesome, not as awesome as them flying off together though. I’m glad she can put it behind her and start to move on.  Even though this is Red Hood’s he took the back seat. We saw more of him and Isabel but with Jason and Kori both telling her they won’t let her get hurt; it makes me think she might not live through this.

            The biggest thing was the art. It looks like it was rushed and it was. Roy and Kori were drawn well I thought and next time Timothy Green draws for the book I hope he is not given a mere two weeks to pencil and ink the entire thing as was the case here, Bad DC Bad!. We also got a setup for a future arc about “The Thirteen” but that is going to have to wait because next month it’s Red Hood’s New 52 origin!

Until next time Hoodies !! 

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ask Lobdell---The Superiority Complex Edition for 8/16/12

Welcome to our...seventh...? installment of Ask Lobdell where YOU get to ask Scott Lobdell questions about Red Hood And The Outlaws. We had a brief near summer long hiatus on account of the fact Scott writes Superman now, and he thinks he's sooooo much better than everybody else because of it and doesn't need to answer questions from ye town folk. Okay, no, there was just a lot of workload wrapping up Superboy while starting Superman while writing Titans and Outlaws. But we're back so... 

This week, Wes Asks: 
So it is pretty obvious to Batman readers that Jason is
going to play a role in the upcoming Death of the Family arc. We also
hear that Crimson Fox will be stepping in while Jason is gone. So this
leads to 2 questions 1) how significant will your involvement be in
the upcoming Batman arc?

Scott: Jason will be no more or less involved in the crossover than the rest of the Bat "Family".  I was on a conference call with the other bat-writers, and Scott and I have spoken a few times and exchanged emails over some details -- which will probably happen more and more as the story develops.  It has been a blast for both of us, because it is pretty clear we both come at our stories from different angles.

AND 2) How in depth will we see Roy's
perspective with Jason gone for a few issues, will we see a bit of his
past or continued interaction with Starfire and Fox ?

Scott: Alas, Crimson Fox will not be appearing in the book anytime in the immediate future.  I made the mistake of talking about it on a panel in San Diego -- in front of Upper Editorial -- and I got a "That is not going to happen."  LOL!   Sometimes I can convince people to let me try something if I present it in just the right way... but not this time!

It's okay, though, because it turns out Roy is going to be very busy leading his "own team" during Death Of The Family... 

Remember Hoodies, you get to ask Scott a question in our weekly polling over at the Red Hood & The Outlaws Facebook page, so like us and keep an eye out for the invitation to submit next week's questions.

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