By: Cynthia A.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #25
The Beckoning Dark
That was great. Awesome in fact. This is an issue that I can read and re-read repeatedly. In fact, I read it twice already. It was just so powerful, especially after everything that happened in the Death of the Family story line (a story arc that will go down in history!) But anyway, if you read the Batman story with the Red Hood Gang (which everyone should have) you see that the leader was none other than the ever enigmatically crazy Joker! Oh yes dearies, it was him!
It also brought to light the events of what is happening in the present time line with the League of Assassins and the Untitled. Talia is also here, the old Talia who was cool and awesome and so easy to like because she was such a badass! Not the twisted thing Grant Morrison turned her into because he is a petty childish bastard.
Sorry…anyway, this was an awesome issue because Joker it referenced so many iconic moments in the DC universe revolving around Jason Todd. Joker with the crowbar, the Red Hood and his own identity, the struggles he has always faced with trying to be good and not kill. This was an amazing story.
WRITER: J. TYNION IV
ARTIST: J. HAUN
The Flash #25
They are really milking this Zero Year story line aren’t they? Rhetorical question. Now, I love Barry, but I do not like Iris. However, this good story line gave readers history between Iris and Barry, which considering he is with Patty now and the pair of them are amazing. Sorry folks, but I am just not a fan of Iris and Barry.
So in this issue he didn’t have his powers in this issue, so that was interesting. He was nothing more than a Crime Scene Investigator, fresh out of school ready to do his job when he is caught in the Gotham City blackout that has been plaguing the city and is the common denominator in the Zero Year story line.
All in all, it was good. He almost died, thought he was a superhero and shared a very nice kiss with one Iris West. It was fun, charming and captured who Barry is and will always be: a light-hearted guy who takes his job seriously and will get the job done. There really is no one better than him. Love this series and Manapul’s artwork is, as always, amazing.
STORY: F. MANAPUL & B. BUCCELLATO
PENCILLERS: C. SPROUSE & F. MANAPUL
INKER: K. STORY