Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SPOILERS: Red Hood and the Outlaws #13

So the Blight... They're attacking Starfire's planet... alright. Then Starfire and her sister, Blackfire come and attack the invading race head on. Then eventually Jason and Roy join the fight... rad!

As the Outlaws face imesurable odds on the planet surface, Kori's second in command, Depalo makes the ultimate decision, as he instructs K'tten to evacuate the ship, which still remains inside the Blight mothership. He requests them to lower their shields so he can transport onto the ship and negotiate a surrender... only the self destruct and totally fuck up their shit.

Despite the loss of a good friend, Kori continues to fight on, but it becomes a bit overwhelming, but a mistake gets made by the Blight. Their leader manages to impale Blackfire with a spear which pisses Kori off, and she goes ape shit, ending the entire battle, rather quickly.

Later, it is revealed that Blackfire is not dead, merely wounded. She offers Kori a seat next to her, on the throne, but Kori feels as if she should return to earth, as she's found a new life there, something that makes her sister rather happy... although she thinks to herself something about the 13 coming together that's still totally not the whole plot of the book Artifacts.

Meanwhile, somehow, Joker makes his way to Starfire's remote secret island and takes an old Red Hood mask...


The Good:

The space arc is over? No, no... I kid... only slightly. If there was one thing I enjoyed about this arc, it was Roy's narration of it. He's got an interesting take on all the situations at hand, and offers up a fresh point of view from Jason. Wouldn't mind if the book continues to switch through perspectives. 

The Bad:

Not a fan of the art, which I've said before. Not a fan of the space setting, doesn't do anything for me, but I've also said that before. So it was more of the same in terms of negatives.

One final point though... Scott Lobdell has taken some pretty big liberties with Joker so far. Personally, I'm not going to even acknowledge the thought that he completely orchestrated Jason's life. Not going to accept that in my personal continuity... Fine, whatever. But... as out there as Joker is, I have a very hard time believing that he some how managed to get himself on the remote island Starfire crashed on, just to get an old hood, all while he's doing all the Gotham shit. Like... no. Just no... I'm going to leave it at that.

The Bottom Line:

All in all, it was fine. My complaints remained consistent through this arc, and I'm glad it's over. Is it still action packed, fun and peppered with humor? Yeah. Did I feel the sci fi setting worked? No. Some highs and lows, not great, not terrible.



  1. "I have a very hard time believing that he some how managed to get himself on the remote island Starfire crashed on, just to get an old hood, all while he's doing all the Gotham shit."

    Well, looking at that final page, we don't see him with his face, so I can very easily see this as taking place before he starts his plan in Batman #13.

    1. Well, he's clearly got some white skin with lips over it, but REGARDLESS, the time line isn't the problem. It's the fact that Joker somehow managed to get to a remote tropical island, let alone know about it in the first place. I can believe Joker can do a lot of things, but that is a HUGE stretch. It's just stupid. It could have easily been joker sneaking into one of Jason's safe houses within Gotham, rather than a undiscovered tropical island.

  2. I found this issue to be dumb. This arc, like you said, had some highs and lows but in the end it just puttered out of steam for me. I have high hopes for the Superman appearance, though