Beware; spoilers for RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 abound! 

Writer Scott Lobdell brings a refreshing energy to RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 as teammates Jason Todd and Artemis go on a romantic date. The problem is, dating doesn’t come easily to people who spend the majority of their nights fighting crime. So, what happens when the couple’s date abruptly changes course? Well, find out below!

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Champagne And Chairzarro

So, the beginning of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 is quite light-hearted. Jason and Artemis go on a date to a fancy restaurant. The two share some witty banter as they sip on drinks, which is actually kind of cute. However, the excitement of the date fades as the issue segues into Bizarro’s evening. At the end of the last issue, we learn that he was submerging himself in a sort of synthetic kryptonite in order to maintain his current, heightened intellect. The problem is that there appears to be some side effects that come with this kryptonite bath. Among them are hallucinations.

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Now, Bizarro’s behavior hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates. After Jason moves the setting of the date to the privacy of the Batcave, Artemis shifts the tone of their romantic evening. She reveals that the night was set up in order to discuss their fears regarding Bizarro’s escalating power. Jason wonders if the whole date was bogus, to which Artemis replies that it was only “mostly bogus.”

Without giving too much away, I found the Bizarro’s subplot in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 to be intriguing. Lobdell digs deeper into the ambiguity of Bizarro’s super-intelligent state, which clearly has serious consequences. Additionally, I really enjoyed the sequences depicting Artemis and Jason’s date. They have quite a bit of chemistry, so I hope this isn’t the last we see of a fling between the two. Overall, this installment in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS is solid. Though it feels like a filler since it merely scratches the surface of the overlying conflicts.

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 page 5. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The Many Hues of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19

Regarding the artwork of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19, Guillem March’s work on the variant cover is awesome. It’s indicative of the issue as a whole. It subtly depicts the presence of Bizarro looming over Artemis and Jason’s date. The cover also showcases the two’s inability to set aside their alter egos for a night as Jason dons the Red Hood logo on his civilian clothes.

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Marcio Takara illustrates some engaging panels in this piece. My favorite sequence depicts Bizarro’s hallucination of Pip Pip as he submerges himself in the synthetic kryptonite. Through the collaboration with colorists Rob Schwager and Felix Serrano, these panels are truly animated.

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Overall though, the art throughout the issue is rough around the edges. There are a lot of conflicting character depictions, particularly in Jason’s portrayal. Because of this, there isn’t a lot of detail in the backgrounds. So it’s hard to engage with the imagery of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19.

What Lies Beyond

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 is an entertaining issue. I admire the way the tone unexpectedly shifts midway through the issue. So, if you were expecting a work that solely focused on a fun, carefree date night between Artemis and Jason, you may be disappointed.

However, the mystery of Bizarro’s fate continues to haunt each and every character of this series. As a result, we readers feel the stakes rising in this issue. With this, I hope future installments don’t ignore the light-hearted energy within this piece. I enjoyed the dynamic between Artemis and Jason. So, I believe it would be fun for Lobdell to explore their potential.

Of course, the central conflict of this series right now revolves around Bizarro. However, the ambiguity of his subplot will leave readers wondering what’s to come. So, all we can do is wait and see!

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 by Scott Lobdell, Marcio Takara, Rob Schwager, & Felix Serrano
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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19 presents a balanced narrative maintaining light and dark tones. However, the fact that it doesn't dig deep enough into its central narrative may frustrate readers.
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