Every now and then, one stumbles across an issue that takes them by surprise, and for me, this is one of those issues.

Although it may not come across on the first read, Red Hood and the Outlaws #7 is deep and wonderfully complex. Despite the plot of this issue being relatively stripped down, the focus that is placed not only on Bizarro, but also on Jason and his relationship with the big grey dimwit is fantastic. Clearly, writer Scott Lobdell was channeling his inner John Steinbeck when he wrote/crafted the issue’s ending, which, is practically torn directly from the pages of Of Mice and Men. And since this is the case, I am left wondering whether or not Lobdell is setting the stage for a tragic ending (for Jason and Bizarro’s relationship) that will be similar to the conclusion to Of Mice and Men. I don’t want anything to happen to Bizarro or his relationship with Jason, but a tragic ending would be fitting…

While I am not entirely sure that it was necessary for Jason and Artemis to learn from the team that created Bizarro that their creation is emotionally unstable, I did enjoy the emphasis that was placed the big guy throughout the issue. The way I see it, the more Bizarro there is, the better. (Now if I could only get a fresh serving of some of that Batzarro goodness…)

Mirko Colak takes over as artist for Red Hood and the Outlaws in Issue #7 and produces some captivating scenes towards the end of the issue. Aside from the last few pages, and some panels in the beginning, Colak left me wanting more as the artwork was a tad dull throughout the book. The good does make up for the bad though in this issue, but I feel like Mirko Colak is capable of far more than he delivered here.

Overall, Red Hood and the Outlaws #7 is definitely worth reading, so pick it up.