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    Reviews - Red Hood And The Outlaws - #11

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Starfire reluctantly takes charge of a starship. - colten97
Red Hood and the Outlaws proved to be one of DC's more controversial additions to the New 52 lineup, thanks largely to the questionable portrayal of Starfire. Even as the book has moved beyond those aggravating first few issues, most of the prime characterization has been reserved for Jason Todd, to the point where it's enough to wonder if we'd be better off with a solo Red Hood series. This current arc finally devotes the same attention to Kori, and the series is immediately better off for it.

The difference isn't merely that Kori actually wears a full uniform for once. Scott Lobdell provides a much deeper look back at her dark past and her twisted relationship with her sister. Not only does the reader finally understand what makes this new take on Starfire so cold and hostile, but it makes her more sympathetic at the same time. Not to mention that the new Starfire/Blackfire dynamic is shaping up to be very interesting.

For once, Jason takes a bit of a backseat in the script. While Lobdell plays up the comedy with Jason's failed date night, that material is growing a bit old and played out. Roy also receives a slightly heavier focus as his narration frames the events of this issue. At this point it's probably too much to hope that Roy will display the same depth as his two partners, but at least he's slowly becoming more likable as the comic relief of the Outlaws. Additionally, Kenneth Rocafort delivers yet another sleek, attractive set of pencils. His panel arrangement is especially interesting in these recent issues, complementing the bold, striking figure work the series is known for.

Unfortunately, the backup story continues to be a drag. It would be one thing if the Essence feature were simply added content, but the main feature is shortened to make room for this story. Essence's struggle simply isn't very interesting, and it probably won't be until readers have a better idea of how she fits into Lobdell's greater plan for Red Hood and friends.

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