Review: Red Hood Outlaw #35

“Prince of Gotham” – Part Four
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: 
Pete Woods
Color Artist: 
Rex Lokus
Letterer: 
ALW Troy Peteri
Review by Fay Clark
Previously in Jason Todd’s life, otherwise known as issue #34, we saw our boy going on a bit of a field trip. After his international jaunt Jace tried to return to his Ice-berg, but instead he got a surprise visit from an old friend. So, here we are with Red Hood Outlaw #35; will Jason make it out of the encounter, or is he too rusty to win?

Cruisin’ for a bruisin’?

Pretty boy Jason Todd gets himself into some trouble this issue, and the more I read about him the more I love the writing style of Scott Lobdell. Twists and turns, emotion and violence; the perfect balance of everything. Just when I started to think this has been a nice quiet reflective scene, BAM. Slap some fighting on that thing and call it a day.
No-one does reflective guilt tripping better than Jason Todd, and it comes back with an awful, realistic, gut wrenching ending. I never see what’s coming with Lobdell’s writing… I always try and guess but I’m never anywhere close. One of the best things, in my eyes, is not being able to see what happens next. This keeps the reader excited and engaged with the story, wanting to see how it will all unfold. Lobdell is one of the best people at achieving this.
There was some stunning imagery in this issue, Woods and Lokus always make such beautiful comics to look at. The use of shadow and light play an interesting part. The colour pallet really speaks to the situation and characters present in the scene. I always rave about the attention to detail, and have been blown away yet again by the tiniest of details. These are things I perhapps wouldn’t have noticed if I wasn’t looking for them. Yet, they are always little treasures there, whether you look for them or not, because that’s just how good Wood and Lokus are.

Conclusion

Yes, please. More. Thank you. I don’t think I will ever get sick of reading about Jason and his various exploits, definitely won’t happen before I see how this story line ends. There’s so much that still needs to be tied up, and with that cliff hanger ending I need to read the next issue ASAP. Until then, Jason my boy, I’ll be guessing my heart out as to what happens next.
Red Hood Outlaw #35 is a keeper.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment.
This review originally appeared on the Dark Knight News website on June 14th 2019)

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