Here’s my review for Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 1: Dark Trinity by Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy!
The Book Itself
This is another Trade Paperback in the DC Universe Rebirth line. I love how the spines and the overall book design is in this series. They look great on your bookshelf. As a bonus, this book comes with a variant cover gallery in the back.
Dexter Soy assures the pencilwork in this tome, and boy howdy, does he pull of the job! I was not familiar with his work before reading this book. But now I’ve added him to my watch-list. If you see Dexter Soy‘s name on a book it is probably worth checking out. The heroes look cool, the villains look scary, and the action looks kinetic and explosive. What more can you ask for? The art is perfect in this book.
This book contains Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1 and Red Hood and the Outlaws #1-6. If I had to pick just one word to describe this first story arc, that word would be “fun!”
Scott Lobdell writes the story here. The central idea of this arc is fun and cool. Dark Trinity is the name of the arc. The Trinity in DC Comics generally refers to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. They are the most popular DC characters, and their long history of teamwork is legendary. The “Dark” trinity referred to in the title is Red Hood (in place of Batman), Artemis (an Amazon like Wonder Woman), and Bizarro (a misshapen aborted attempt at cloning Superman). This is such a fun and creative concept. I’m glad someone thought of it!
The idea is great, and the execution of the idea is also excellent. Seeing these very different characters interact is quite a joy. It’s always fun seeing several imperfect and somewhat dysfunctional characters have to find ways to put aside their differences and unite for a common cause.
This book is a page-turner, and when you finish it, you’ll definitely be wanting to get Volume 2 to see what happens next!
Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 1: Dark Trinity is an awesome book, and one of the best series in the DC Universe Rebirth line. What Scott Lobdell really achieves well in this book is a sense of fun, and a constant stream of surprises. This series is definitely worth collecting!
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