Guest post by: Devildrag Deathwish
Every time I mention to anyone that I’m going to be subscribing to Red Hood and the Outlaws, I get reactions akin to me telling them I’m going to start smoking crack. They think I’m nuts and ask me why I would possibly want to read such limb-lossedness. I gather my thoughts and then calmly and collectedly… jump kick them in the throat.
Well, I suppose I verbally jump kick them in the throat. Really, with this book I’m only interested in the illustration. Kenneth Rocafort’s work is stunning to me and he’s been one of my favorites for years. Man, did he not disappoint.
What better way for a Marvel Comics guy to dive into his first subscription to a DC comic than with abundant depictions from Rocafort of Starfire in a tasteful two-piece bikini?! About 13 or 14 pages in and I’m greeted with loose sexual morals and an alien ass that you could bounce a quarter off of. Suddenly my imagination takes me to a place where I could be a super hero and get it on with someone hot from outer space! Oh also, I believe there was something in there about Jason Todd and Roy Harper too. I’m not sure.
Seriously though, it feels like writer Scott Lobdell says to Rocafort, “We need fanboys to read this. You draw pretty girls. I’ll give you all the opportunity to draw pretty girls in the story. Let’s ride.” The book starts off pretty fast-paced. Red Hood breaks Red Arrow out of a Middle Eastern prison and they start killing the hell out of everyone trying to escape before running into big freakin’ tanks. Obviously the only way to deal with big freakin’ tanks is to send a full-page spread of Starfire at them; the more scantily clad, the better. I’ve seen pictures of Starfire in the past and she’s wearing even less into battle now. I suppose less armor means more protection? Yeah, that’s how that works.
I didn’t have high expectations with this book story-wise. Everything anyone has told me about the characters in Red Hood and the Outlaws made me think I was going to get as much gratuitous push-the-envelope situations as humanly possible. Luckily, there weren’t quite as many as I would have thought. Really, the only things I could loosely label as gratuitous were a little violence and Starfire proposing sex with Roy. Insert your very own Red Arrow double entendre, kids!
I’m happy I wasn’t put off in any way. I stuck with the characters and I’m interested to see what happens next with the story. Rocafort’s kinetic lines were absolutely beautiful and are more than enough to keep me around.
Pull list verdict: KEEP IT
My Best of 2012 Playlist by Eric Garneau
After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? Anyway, this has gotten even easier to do thanks to new technology like Spotify. read more