Even Love Can’t Fix Nothin’ (Red Hood and The Outlaws #23 Comic Review)

Red Hood and The Outlaws #23 “Rage is My Revenge”

Writer: Scott Lobdell

Artist: Trevor Hairsine and Ryan Winn

Cover: Trevor Hairsine

Color: Rain Beredo

Letters: Taylor Esposito

Variant Cover: Guillem March:

Synopsis:

Red Hood is in for the shock of his life when he finds the cache of letters Ma Gunn kept from him when he was a ward under her care. Letters from his father. Jason Todd has hated his deadbeat dad as long as he can remember, but what he’s about to learn may threaten the future of the Outlaws—and anyone who dares to stand in Jason’s path.

What You’ll Need To Know:

Ma Gunn has been missing, which has been a small subplot, and Jason has been reading letters she sent to him. He even got in touch with a granddaughter he never knew she had.

In This Issue:

Jason opens more letters sent to him by Ma Gunn and finds out she had kept something huge from him: letters from his father. Not his Batman father, either. Truth is, she had them for a while. The letters talked about his father’s life as a drug dealer (surprise, surprise) and how he met Jason’s mother. She was a normal girl he sold drugs too. He retired that life and they didn’t have much, especially since she left her comfortable life in the suburbs to be with him. They had Jason, and even though they were terrible parents, they loved him. His mom never stopped taking drugs, so she ended up in the hospital several times. As we all know, kids aren’t cheap. Even though his dad was working a legit job at a car wash, it wasn’t enough to support them, so he turned to the henchmen business. It certainly paid better, and he’d worked for guys that Jason has fought as a vigilante. This has been built up a couple issues, we just hadn’t noticed.

We get a serious glimpse into Jason’s childhood, and now we know why he was kind of a rough kid to raise for Batman. Like damn, not only was his dad not around, but he even worked for a foe of Red Hood today. I think things will continue to get more complex, and Jason is going to get hurt.

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Hey nerds! I'm a 23 year old cosplayer from Southern California who loves comic books as well! I love going to metal and punk shows. I'm a hostess on Shoot The Breeze Comics' shows Thought Bubbles, Panel to Panel, and Guardians of the Con-Life.
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Summary
We didn’t get to see much of Artemis and Bizarro, but that’s okay, we haven’t gotten to see a lot of Jason, and we get to read about a huge part of his past. I think it is pretty deep, something maybe a lot of fans of this novel can maybe relate to. Red Hood has been a fan favorite because of how badass and ruthless he is, but we can kind of see why now. Art was good, but Jason didn’t look like Jason.
Good
  • Great development and flashbacks
  • Makes you connect and sympathize with Jason Todd
Bad
  • May not necessarily connect with other storylines in the past.
  • Bizarro and Artemis sit this one out, in case that's what you came here for
9.2
Amazing
Art - 8
Cover - 9
Plot - 10
Fluidity - 9
Character Development - 10
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Hey nerds! I'm a 23 year old cosplayer from Southern California who loves comic books as well! I love going to metal and punk shows. I'm a hostess on Shoot The Breeze Comics' shows Thought Bubbles, Panel to Panel, and Guardians of the Con-Life.

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