Because I don’t like to see stupid teenagers die trying to prove they can act like grown-ups.Red Hood (Jason Todd)
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art and Cover by: Kenneth Rocafort
Colours by: Steve Firechow
Letters by: ALW’s Troy Peteri
Variant Cover by: Philip Tan, Marc Deering & Jay David Ramos
Release Date: August 28, 2019
Lex Luthor is making his way through the villains of the DC world, but making an exception for our favourite anti-hero – Jason Todd AKA Red Hood. He’s tasked Jason with teaching some up and coming villains to work together to “Enslave cities–Genocide–Rule the world” or so the students think.
We’re shown in an interlude that Jason finds a headquarters operated by the thought to be deceased, Dr. Shay Veritas. There Jason learns of Lex’s plans and follows through with it, only for the chance that he might be able to save these young villains from the same fate as his tenure as Robin.
Scott Lobdell also keeps us up to date with Bizzaro and Artemis thankfully and we are treated to a small glimpse of them getting out of the Quantum dimension they seem to be stuck in. Also having Bizzaro do Yoga is in itself a worthwhile addition.
I am a huge fan of Kenneth Rocafort’s art style, his art on Sideways hooked me. Having him on this run is a special treat for me, as I’ve been on this series since the start of Rebirth and have had a few issues with past artists taking away from Lobdell’s story.
I didn’t think I would enjoy this Year of the Villain tie-ie series that DC has been showing alongside Justice League – but Red Hood has made me look forward to reading more of these issues. Lobdell still knows how to make you care about Red Hood and Rocafort’s art is the hook to drag you along.