red hood and the outlaws #15

Beware, spoilers for RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 abound!

There have been some interesting changes within our titular squad. After his resurrection by the hand of Lex Luthor, Bizarro’s intellect has reached new heights. This change is one fellow team members Red Hood and Artemis are ultimately still getting used to it. However, though the team dynamic has shifted significantly, The Outlaws are perhaps at their most productive. With this, though, their endeavors have captured the attention of some who see a problem in the way The Outlaws go about their heroism. RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 commences this new conflict between the trio of antiheroes and some familiar allies of the Dark Knight.

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 page 14. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Another Day, Another Bat

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 places a great emphasis on Bizarro’s transformation. Jason Todd (aka Red Hood) seems to be an optimist. He doesn’t truly see a change in Bizarro’s disposition. Jason believes that the Superman replica still maintains the same benevolent nature. Artemis expresses more concern, which might be closer to the truth of the situation. Bizarro is beginning to revert to his former state, which he’s attempting to hide from his peers. This ultimately calls into question Bizarro’s fate in general. Will he simply revert back to his former self, or will there be more dire consequences?

We don’t find the answers to those questions in this issue. I believe it is worth noting that this particular work presents a lot of ambiguity in regard to the overall narrative. Said ambiguity isn’t only present in Bizarro’s story arc, but it is also apparent in the motivations of Batwoman and company. She leads a force against The Outlaws; however, we don’t necessarily know why. Sure, Batwoman has her suspicions about Bizarro’s residence in Gotham City, but there appears to be a greater motive she has yet to reveal.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: Rebirth vs. New 52

The conclusion of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 addresses another player involved in the opposition against the Outlaws, opening up new avenues for this narrative to explore. With this, this particular entry in the series feels like an intermediary piece that’s leading up to an exciting confrontation. So, though it may not offer anything totally astonishing, it’s a worthy contribution to the overall narrative.

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 page 12. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.


The collaboration of artists Dexter Soy and Veronica Gandini has always made for some beautiful panels in this series. Perhaps the highlight is the panel featured above in which Red Hood and Artemis enter a portal to face off against Batwoman’s squad. The juxtaposition between the structured technology of the doorway and the agility of the depicted characters is wonderfully creative, further humanizing our titular antiheroes. With this, Gandini’s colors are gorgeous. Her tones never feel too dark or too vibrant, perfectly paralleling the nature of The Outlaws themselves.

The one and only fault of this issue is the way in which the artwork can come across as chaotic during action sequences. In one moment, where Clayface entraps Red Hood and Artemis, the characters appear to lose some cohesion. This fault really only stands out because the rest of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 successfully maintains its intricacies and detail. But it’s only because the overall artwork is so good that we notice this.

Thus, overall, this installment of one of DC Rebirth’s best series proves once again how a work’s imagery can augment the narrative and parallel its characters in a meaningful manner.

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What Now?

As previously mentioned, this issue certainly feels like a transitional piece. There’s a new mystery abound, one that keeps both the Outlaws and us readers in the dark. We don’t know the extent of Batwoman’s role in targeting The Outlaws, nor the ultimate fate of Bizarro. So, what lies beyond RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15? We’ll just have to wait and hope our many questions will be addressed.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 by Scott Lobdell, Dexter Soy, & Veronica Gandini
Art 9
Characterization 8
Plot 8
Though this entry in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS feels like a filler, it succeeds in keeping you hooked in the mysteries that lie ahead.
A Mysterious, Vibrant Work
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