Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1 Review

Posted September 1, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Scott Lobdell

Art by: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto

Published by: DC Comics

The Outlaws and Nightwing team up at last!

This Annual is a perfect example of a fun read. The story is standalone, and brings together fan-favorite characters. Most of all, it is done by one artist, which always helps; as it does not feel disjointed either thematically or artistically. Also when that artist is Tyler Kirkham it is all the better!

Scott Lobdell has chosen a perfect backdrop for this story as well; a circus. The best part about this is the fact that it is a self- contained story but is able to bring these characters together in a natural manner. One could almost say that Nightwing fits within the team and that is where Lobdell’s understanding of the team dynamic comes into play the most.

Lobdell’s experience writing Teen Titans during the New 52 proves to have been beneficial, as it prepared him this issue’s team dynamic. The pitfalls of his Titans run are not visible here, as the Outlaws are a closer knit team then the Titans were ever allowed to become.  The major conflict comes from a B level Batman villain, who was a perfect fit for the book and what the story was trying to accomplish.

Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto truly bring this story to life. Kirkham brings emotion and heart to every panel he draws, especially in the moments between Jason and Dick, and Bizzaro and his love interest. They are able to bring heart and emotion to this book; not losing a beat from Dexter Soy’s run which is always great to see.  This is where the benefit of having a focused story and one artist truly comes through in the annuals. It allows the story to thrive and for the strengths to come through in one contained issue.

Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual brings all the great qualities of the team book out to life and it really shows that Lobdell learned from his time on the Titans.

If you are a fan of Nightwing or Jason Todd, this is really a great book to pick up, as it is not a part of any other story-line, it’s not a tie in to some greater story, it is a story about brothers coming together to face a threat and that’s always nice to see. Recommended.

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