I had mixed feelings with the first issue and ultimately labeled it a “guilty pleasure”. I enjoyed much of it, but Starfire’s over sexualization mixed in with seemingly forgetting (explained basically as not caring) her entire past on Earth did not sit well with me. This issue doesn’t really explain the latter part, but it shouldn’t be upsetting anyone. At least it didn’t for me.
This begins with a slight look at Jason’s past. I’m a little confused on timeline portions actually, but the big thing for me is apparently not quite a year and a half ago he became Red Hood. Before that though he had some really kick ass training by the All Caste. He even made some friends! Aww, how cute of Jason seeing him taken out in a second by a 2 foot tall extremely old woman! From there we see Roy chilling with Jason in first class. He’s apologizing profusely for sleeping with Starfire… Jason apparently doesn’t care, or at least is extremely tired of hearing Roy not shut up about it. And for a note, this actually is taking place now about 3 hours before the end of issue 1.
Back on land we see Starfire pick them up in a limo. And get this, she’s fully dressed! Quite a bit of leg showing, but the skirt is a lot longer I think than what a lot of teenage and 20-something girls I see wear. Beyond that, no cleavage and her arms are fully covered, oh and some 80s looking glasses that I question a bit. Anyone shocked here? I’ll admit I was for even ignoring last issue, Starfire’s does enjoy showing skin (Raven even said so in TT v3).
Taking a quick trip to a safehouse, Jason has to kill people (it really was him or them) and interestingly enough he shows some remorse about it. A sign that he’s not quite the violent Red Hood he use to be – though we still know he’s not against killing at least yet. After a bit more time (and a look at one really cool gadget Hood has), we catch up with the ending of issue 1. We get another note that Hood really cared about those people and that he at least won’t resort to flat out killing right off the bat. He also wasn’t as alone as he appeared in the end of the first issue, for Starfire and Roy are there to help him.
So in closing, this issue was good, even if it felt a bit slower than last issue. Art is amazing which is done by Kenneth Rocafort. Starfire, she only made one comment that can be taken as sexual, and that was more so Starfire not really knowing human ways. No excessive scenes of her arching her back all over the place though or wearing a string bikini. No sex scenes either. My only complaint is we got no better explanation for her supposed lack of all things Earth. No hints that she is faking it, no hints that something happened, no clue that what Jason said was really true (I still hope that isn’t the case). At least in this issue though, that bit doesn’t really matter. Besides the slight bit at the start, there was no dwelling on the past for anyone of them.