I didn't know what to think. I have been a Batman fan since I was old enough to watch re-runs of Adam West on television. I have also been a long time fan of the Green Arrow since right before he married Black Canary so I know the Red Hood and Arsenal very well. When I saw this on Edelweiss I took a shot and threw my name in the hat. Thanks to DC Comics I was able to give this a read and write this review. I haven't read any of the Red Hood and the outlaws books since New 52 so I will admit I am a bit out of the loop when it comes to the references in this book but I wanted to see what this is all about.
The story is a little odd but I have to admit that I liked seeing a different side to Jason Todd. Jason Todd is one of those pissed at the world feels like it owes him something for all the crap that it dumped on him. He is always angry and ready for a fight. However, in this book we see a smarter more calculating side to him. He is very much like a young Bruce Wayne in the way he thinks. Speaking of Bruce there is a great scene at the end of the book with Jason and Bruce and I was really moved and loved that whole exchange so if you read this look forward to that at the end.
So the story, here is where I had a little issue. So Arsenal decides that he and Red Hood are going to sell their services. Cat stuck up a tree or need someone taken car of call rent-a-Bat. This was really lame and I was just disappointed in this little excursion. I know it make Jason wonder if Roy is drinking again but this didn't need to be part of the story. Also the villain in this book is mostly a tub of fat which is emotion given form. Long story to try to explain this and I don't think I will do it justice so if you are really curious just read the book. It was a fast read and decent.
The art work for the most part was really well done. It did look like some issues changed main artisits because it wasn't consistent through that whole volume. It was kind of in the middle for me as to whether I liked the art work or not. Over all there was plenty of things I liked and plenty of things but when it comes down to it I am in the middle. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I am interested to read Vol 2 when ever it comes out.