Red Hood and The Outlaws #22-The Past is Passed
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy & Alisson Borges
Cover: Trevor Hairsine & Antonio Fabela
Color: Veronica Gandini
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Variant: Guillem March
Synopsis: The Penguin has redeveloped waterfront property into a new boardwalk attraction for children of all ages, but Red Hood knows any “legitimate” business of the Penguin’s is a cover for something illegitimate. Plus, Artemis pays a visit to Lex Luthor to find out about the “side effects” of Bizarro’s revival, though Lex might be more concerned with dredging up his past with the wayward Amazon than answering any of her questions.
What You’ll Need To Know: Red Hood has been facing off with Penguin since he has been a thorn in his side making his way back to Gotham. Jason has also been stressing over Bizarro’s true intentions and actions after getting his super intelligence. They have accomplished a lot with it and taken down a lot of bad guys, but Bizarro almost executed a room full of henchmen. However, the situation has been confronted by both Artemis and Jason, and they’re working on a solution that doesn’t involve Bizarro taking synthetic Kryptonite.
In This Issue: Red Hood is really keeping his “no kill” promise. Even when it comes to battling Penguin and his goons. We also learn a major, sketchy part of Artemis’s past, and has she been a hypocrite about Bizarro’s choices? She worked for Lex Luthor himself. Killed for him. He wanted an Amazon on his side. Of course, Artemis is remorseful for this time of her life, but is she right to judge Bizarro? She is trying to reach out for help from Luthor, again. They want Bizarro to be happy and find a healthy, safe way to be able to keep his intelligence. This issue gets a great score for character development because damn, it really does touch on Bizarro’s fear and we get a glimpse inside of his head and what he’s going through daily. He is majorly conflicted, but his intentions are not bad. They are dealing with a ton, but they are growing closer as a team while going through it. Will it be better or worse to restore Bizarro’s mind to its full capacity?