If the Lazarus Pit can resurrect the dead, I wonder what else it can do? Play ping pong with a penguin perhaps? Or what about re-create this rather hard core tale full of mirth and destruction, devised by James Tynion IV, with Julius Gopez, Published by DC Comics, in October, 2013? Hmmm. Let's see, shall we?

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Shakedown'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: 'We gotta smash their faces in' says Jason Todd to Ben Turner plus the rest of the League of Assassins. 'Or else the Untitled will take hold of the Lazarus Pit, and everything we know and love will be no more!!!'.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Let's just say that a lot of necks were cracked, OK? Apart from that though -- nah -- I'm not telling you Jack.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Cheshire takes pity on the captured Roy Harper, and escorts him to see... errr... no. I'm not telling Jack about that either. 
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a Ghul having a bit of a splash in a pit.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
For once in my life, I would love to utter the phrase...

'Oh, come on, knock it off. You're a sexy, crazy lady, and you want to do sexy, crazy lady things to me. I get it'. 

But no. Roy beats me to punch, doesn't he? Spouting this silly sentence to that sexy, crazy lady called Cheshire. Damn. Life is so unfair. Ha!

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Yewwwhaaaawwwww! The Ghul is back in town, my friends! Yep. That's right. That crazy Ai-rab who likes to mix it up with the Bat, is back on a book! But what next I wonder? Will Jay bring up that whole 'Damien death' thing? Plus will Bruce pop up in the near future? Just so he can kick Al's ass back to wherever he came from! Hmmm. Food for thought. Isn't it? And I don't mean couscous. 
(+) Any scene with Jay and Ben in was a real sight for sore eyes I can tell you. Well, maybe it's just me and my Suicide Squad ways, yet I couldn't help but smile every time I saw Bronze Tiger punching someone in the face. POW! Ahhh! May God bless him.  
(+) Although from a narrative point of view the scenes with Roy and Cheshire in never really added anything to the overall plot, that's not to say I didn't find them very sweet and emotive at the same time. Truthfully. To me they were very expressive indeed. Having that coy yet wholesome vibe James and the gang have no problem bringing to this book at all. Good job, guy. Keep on trucking.  

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) On a conceptual level, this story was basically one long drawn out fight scene, broken up with a couple of interludes which haven't totally manifested themselves yet. Yeah. No kidding. And I'm sure you must know by now how I feel about this sort of thing. Too much action minus too little plot equals Miley Cyrus. Style over substance.
(-) Wait a minute! If these Untitled characters have been around for ages, accumulating knowledge and power as time ticked on, how in God's name could a mere mortal kick them into touch? No. This doesn't feel right to me at all. Too one tone. And not enough depth.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to WELL KNOWN WOMEN.
KATE WALSH AS ROY HARPER: Look at the picture provided. Go on. Look at it. And I'm sure that you can spot the similarities between these two people. Roy has red hair. Kate has red hair. Roy is sexy. Kate is sexy. Roy once slept with an assassin... coff-coff... ops! Gotta go now.

NAOMI CAMBELL AS BEN TURNER: But before I do, let me just say that I once saw Naomi Cambell in real life. In fact, she used to live a couple of streets away from me. And... well... to cut to the chase, coming from the type of area we both lived in, you get to learn how to stand your own ground. See You! Zoooooooom!

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Each one prays to God according to his own light' -- Mahatma Gandhi

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
AN ARABIAN SONG BY SOMEONE I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT: Whenever Old goat face is back in action again, a small part of my brain plays something like this in my mind...

Nice. Isn't it? But I wonder how they got those cats to sing?

At the end of this issue, it stated that in the next one, Jason Todd would have to do something he previously did in Gotham City many years ago. But what could it be, you might ask yourself? Surely not something like...

  • Reciting the Gotham National Anthem whilst standing on his head, and kicking his own ass.
  • Dancing naked in the streets to the Mick Jagger / David Bowie pop ditty, 'Dancing in the Streets'.
  • Impregnating a small hippo with his duck.
  • Having a chat with Martin Sheen about infidelity.
  • Growing tomatoes on the grave of Bruce's parents.
  • Impersonating Ru Paul.
  • Jumping up and down, on the spot, for seven whole months, until DC finally agrees to call itself 'National Periodicals' again.
  • Masturbating. 

Anyway. That's enough of my cr*p for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Red Hood and The Outlaws' reminded me of being in the same room as Kim Kardashian. Very nice at first, but after a while it's basically the same old thing draped in drag.

Nuff said. 

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #24 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #24 Reviewed by David Andrews on October 29, 2013 Rating: 5
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