Comics Review: Red Hood #18, Batwoman #18, Superior Spider-Man #6 and Judge Dredd Year One

(Source: DC Comics)

(Source: DC Comics)

I’ve been longing for good story with Jason Todd facing his demons. Last week’s Red Hood and The Outlaws #18 finally delivers the goods. While some other denizens of the Batcave have chosen to start brooding by themselves, Jason fell into a booby trap left behind by the Joker.

The issue has the Requiem brand, but it really has its hands full with Jason going through a coma where he faces everything he’s been trying to put far away from him. The Joker – or much rather, the mental image of him – appears, but he’s hardly the center of Jason’s trauma-turned-nightmare-turned-quest-for-sanity. I was pleasantly surprised Jason’s dream features Ducra from the All-Caste storyline. There’s a mention of Batman, Inc. but it’s so trifle they could have done away with it.

If you read #17, you probably remember Damien was present when Jason fell onto Joker’s trap. That screws the whole timeline because if he was, then when did Batman, Inc. took place? To tell you the truth, I’m not hugely interested on anybody clearing that up.

Bottom line is that this may be one of those issues in which we just see Jason Todd having a nightmare, but it’s one that we’ve been expecting him to face for a while now and it delivers. The repercussions to his relationship with Roy and Kori have yet to be seen. Highly recommended.

(Source: DC Comics)

(Source: DC Comics)

I started reading Batwoman since her comic started with DC’s New 52’s. There’s a moment in which I got lost when the stories where a little surreal and the pages seemed like a diorama mesh up by Salvador Dali. I’m looking forward to a solid grounded plot, and this new arc that starts in Batwoman #18 seems very promising.

Fans that stuck it out might not need to know, but Kate Kane has her hands full. She’s working as an operative for the DEO. They don’t trust her, and she doesn’t trust them either. She’s also got a partner/sidekick in Hawkfire, her cousin Bette.

In this particular issue, she goes against Mr. Freeze – hard. Actually, it’s almost an excuse to bring Batman into the picture. It’s not the first time they meet, but it’s hardly just a cameo. Bruce knows about the DEO and believes Batwoman should walk away from them. Strangely enough, she probably agrees – but she’ll do it on her own terms and not Bruce’s, something I applaud.

I would say this is a return to more of the style of comic that I like to read. I was resistance to Kate working for the DEO, but it’s more interesting this way. I loved how Colonel Jake Kane was talking Hawkfire’s earpiece ear off while DEO’s agent Chase was talking to Kate on hers. I also like the fact that they don’t get into a fight because of a misunderstanding as Bette is quick to point out. To top it off, we don’t see the outcome of Bruce and Kate’s confrontation which means anything could have gone down and this is just the prelude.

Recommended. Specially if you lost track of this title and want to come back.

(Source: Marvel Comics)

(Source: Marvel Comics)

On to Marvel Comics! I really wish I’d done the review of the previous number of this title. Having said that, I still find Superior Spiderman #6 a decent issue and the series overall is consistently entertaining.

However, the main plot is a bit of a… ok, I’ll say it… joke. In order to make a name for themselves, Screwball and Jester run a website where they document each time they ridicule someone. They decide pick on the Major, good ol’ Jonah J. Jameson. There is a background story in which the Avengers are actually watching over Peter and deciding whether or not he’s to be trusted.

I don’t get why Doc Ock changes his mind and decides to track the jokers when he first tells Jameson he’s got better things to do (he does). He abandons his best chance to get his doctorate for something he could’ve put off for later easily.

Decent, although not amazing, issue. I’d say pick it up if you’re following Superior Spidey. If you’re not, start with the first Superior so you know what’s going on. I’d say it lays the groundwork for Spider-Ock’s meeting with the Avengers.

(Source: IDW Publishing)

(Source: IDW Publishing)

And to close, a second Judge Dredd title. I wasn’t sure, about it but it’s really good despite the misleading title.

Judge Dredd Year One would have you believe he’s a cadet fresh out of the academy, but the lawman has already seen his share of the streets. Actually, he’s already been out there almost a year and he’s acting like a grizzled veteran. I’m not sure why the timeline was needed.

In other words, so far this is the same Dredd we know. I kinda expected him as a rookie, making mistakes and probably being trained by a veteran Judge. That being said, that still could happen. So far, other than a perp pointing out that he must be fresh out of the academy, we don’t see a distinction between him then and now.

As a regular story, it works – so I have high hopes for the next issue. At least we don’t see any criminals recognizing him or shouting his name and running away. I do see him getting himself into a serious bind by the end of the issue so perhaps we’ll get to see fallout on the next one.

Recommended with reservations – don’t think you’re going to see much of a rookie-meets-the-streets here. Otherwise, great issue.

That will do for now.

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