Get ready for an Outlaws vs. Bat Family beatdown, as Red Hood and the Outlaws #15 continues the journey of the newly recovered and intelligent Bizarro who, along with the Outlaws, crosses paths with some familiar faces. The Bat Family notices that the crime in Gotham has come to a complete halt and have discovered a mysterious invisible building floating above Gotham. After trying to make contact, their communications were cut and Bizarro appears to be responsible.
“Bizarro Reborn” is a very new and interesting take on the beloved Superman clone. Bizarro is generally written with the same characteristics and powers with only minor changes to his appearance. When Lex Luthor nursed Bizarro back to health and altered his brain to be more intelligent it was quite the shock and made readers curious to see how it could work. It totally works, but I believe there’s more to it than just “Bizarro is smart now.” There’s a bigger picture here and more mystery than we know. It’s going to be a hell of a good time while we wait and see.
The duo of Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy is one of the best pairs in DC Comics right now. Of all the series, this one in particular maintains its stamina. Every chapter since the beginning has always stayed entertaining and it never comes off as repetitive or recycled. The art is wonderful and the colors balance beautifully; the perfect amount of dark and light when needed. It never comes off as muddy or too bright. The story starts off strong and maintains interest all the way to the last page. The relationships between the Outlaws, especially towards Bizarro, probably makes this my favorite team in all of DC Comics. The Suicide Squad is a team that’s forced to work together. The Justice League is a business arrangement. The Outlaws are a family. It’s very clear every issue that they care about each other even though they don’t agree on everything. There’s a point in this issue where Red Hood says that the Outlaws are his best friends which is somewhat of a surprise, especially coming from a loner like Jason Todd.
Bizarro struggling with his intelligence shifting back and forth was very emotional. I’m sure at the end of this Bizarro story he’ll be back to himself but the hard part of it is that he’s still Bizarro, just more intellectual. His memories and love for the Outlaws is still there and he genuinely expresses in this issue how he’s afraid to go back to the old Bizarro. If this Bizarro does return back to his normal state it’ll be in the back of everyone’s mind that he won’t be what he wanted and it’ll be very sad because he’s such a great character. That’s the kind of impact the team behind Red Hood and the Outlaws has with the readers. Every issue connects with the readers and always delivers the very best content. Every element that makes a great comic book from an outstanding story, lovable characters, and gorgeous art.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #15 is not an issue you want to skip. It’s an emotional and powerful story that feels too real to be a comic book. You can tell right away that even before this story is over you’ll want to read again and again in the future. The introduction to some supporting characters from the Bat Family, Bizarro struggling to maintain his thoughts, and some very satisfying cliffhangers and ties that only expand the already great tale of the Outlaws.