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Jason Todd a.k.a Red Hood is the leader of the Outlaws, his ragtag team of anti-heroes. It consists of Artemis an Amazonian and Bizarro the failed clone of Superman. Together they make the Dark Trinity.Over the years there have been many iterations of Batman and his many Robin’s. One of the Robin’s that Batman took under his cape was named Jason Todd. Jason has two differing backstories, one pre-crisis, and one post-crisis. Jason’s pre-crisis history rivals that of Dick Grayson’s.
The second origin features a boy living in a fractured family. Todd’s father being a petty criminal and his mother a drug addict. Little Jason would often try to acquire money to take care of his mom by stealing car parts. This put him in Batman’s way as Jason would one day attempt to steal the tires from the Batmobile. This origin comes from the aftermath of the Crisis comic event. This origin is what is canon in the Rebirth universe.
The art comes from Dexter Soy, who did work on the Mortal Kombat X comics and the Arkham Knight comics among others. In each page, you can feel the raw emotion drawn into the pictures. Alongside Dexter is Scott Lobdell, know for writing the story for pre-rebirth Red Hood and The Outlaws, Teen Titans, and much more. Lobdell delivers a supremely outstanding story conveying Jason Todd, Bizarro, and Artemis’ personalities to the T.
Overall the collection goes into the many details of the gathering of the brand new Outlaws. The collection also goes into each members history. The Dark Trinity doesn’t feature the origins of Artemis. Although the next story arc teases more about the character. The Dark Trinity features one main enemy being that of the Black Mask.
My favorite piece of The Dark Trinity is, instead of Superman’s slow introduction to the Rebirth timeline, very action packed with gunplay and martial arts and the occasional magic weapon appearing.
Compared to the story featured in the other DC Rebirth comics Red Hood and The Outlaws has a much stronger start with very enjoyable characters.
This collection helps to recreate Bizarro from his failed origins of trying to mimic Superman into a functioning character who can provide his own story.
Artemis starts off as a vulgar Amazonian, much like Wonder Woman had, but her transference into a different kind of hero who cares about her friends but is still independent.
Red Hood transforms completely from his origins of being a Batman anti-hero to being a fully functional team leader, but, we still get a glimpse of the child inside when he recalls the Joker.
With these three unique characters, there was a disappointment in the use of a criminal like Black Mask. New life was able to be breathed into the character. Though he is still stale and a reminder of the Batman’s presence in all things.
The artwork is quite good versus other Rebirth comics but, collections like Deathstroke and Superman are able to provide much clearer detail and raw emotion.
With this in mind, the story far surpasses that of Deathstroke if you read it straight through once as Deathstroke’s comics require a multitude of rereading.
This series also features an ease of access as the only character you need to know anything about is Jason Todd and the writer still gives you the ability to meet Todd. With Bizarro and Artemis, both characters are fully introduced as part of the story and all three characters will receive their own story arcs. This series is a great starter for anyone looking to jump into a Rebirth storyline.
DC Rebirth is taking some time to get off the ground. Red Hood and The Outlaws is giving the series an incredible running start. This gives a much-needed running start to the Rebirth series. With the amazing art and expert penmanship, this delivered much more than expected.