When DC began the New 52 initiative one of the first titles to come under fire was Red Hood and the Outlaws
. In fact, its one of the few New 52 titles I never bothered to sample. I didn't care about the public outcry, I just didn't care for the creative team or the premise.
So, it was with some hesitation that I cracked open the first volume of the series' reboot simply titled Red Hood/Arsenal
Yes, they jettisoned Starfire, but don't worry, they'll fill that gap (so to speak) soon enough.
Written by Scott Lobdell with art by Denis Medri, Open for Business
collects issues 1-6 of the title with a DC Sneek Peek thrown in for good measure.
Open for Business wants to position Red Hood and Arsenal as a heroes for hire premise. Honestly, it just felt forced.
The duo are broke and looking for a way to make quick cash (cash that Arsenal burns through as soon as they get it). They work for the government. They fight mimes. They fight an evil gang of criminals.
Did I mention the mimes?
Yeah, that was the high point.
Oh, and at the end of the volume, the previously discussed gap is filled with Joker's Daughter. I didn't see that coming, nor did I care when it did.
Open for Business
left me cold. Read it if you're a fan of this iteration of the characters. Otherwise just skip it.
Red Hood/Arsenal Volume 1: Open for Business is available now.