REVIEW: Red Hood and the Outlaws #5

Last issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws I went on and on about the talent of Dexter Soy and his beautiful artwork. Nothing has changed in this issue. Soy is still bringing it on a level that few artists can achieve. The action and the pacing of Scott Lobdell’s story is enhanced ten-fold by the awesome visuals that are blasted across each and every panel.

In this issue we are still watching Red get his backside beaten by a mind controlled Bizarro and his puppeteer the Black Mask. There really isn’t too much plot to discuss as the entire issue is a drawn out fight that is joined by Artemis. The four of them go round and round and we are left with the cliffhanger of Red staring down the barrel of Black Mask’s gun.

As I said before this book is worth the price of admission for just the visuals alone, but I am starting to wonder if Lobdell is going to start getting to an over-all plot or are we locked into a never-ending action sequence? Where are the titular Outlaws? Is this entire build up going to pay off with Bizarro joining Red and the gang? I’m ready for some resolution please. I really like this series so far but I would like a bit more in the way of story to keep me interested; because if things stay the way they are right now and Dexter Soy leaves this title… I won’t be far behind as a reader.

Story: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Publisher: DC Comics


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