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.
Hey, looks like I’m not alone! Some other people thought the internet over-reacted to Starfire’s portrayal in Red Hood and the Outlaws too! Scott Lobdell explains Kory’s “memory loss” etc and (what do you know?) it looks like I was right about what he was trying to convey! That happens so rarely, I feel the need to point it out. He also confirms that Jason was lying about some things. Yeah, some people at the DC Forums are going to be eating crow in two weeks when the next issue comes out…
Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 has fan boys in a frenzy. This isn’t surprising. Any book that stars the Red Hood is bound to be a target. Adding DC whipping boy Roy Harper is just chumming the water. But what has a lot of fans foaming at the mouth is Scott Lobdell’s treatment of former Teen Titan, Starfire.
Wow is about all I can say on multiple levels…
I’m continuing my Retrospective for the Teen Titans with the Teens Titans/Legion of Superheroes crossover and issues 16-19 (collected in trade as The Future is Now). Handling a lot with these issues, so I’ll try to keep it from being too long. I do want to state though that these issues are some of my favorites of this Teen Titans group and Johns is joined by writer Mark Waid for the Legion cross over.
I’m a fan of the Teen Titans, especially the latest incarnation that went from 2003-2011 and as this relaunch makes it seem their entire history may be erased, I wanted to give them a farewell starting with issues 1-7 (also collected in trade form as “A Kid’s Game” or the soon to be released Teen Titans Omnibus 1). Like usual, beware of spoilers.