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4.0 out of 5 stars It's complicated, 29 July 2014
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The stories running through issues #19-26 of DC Comics' New 52 series Red Hood and the Outlaws are collected, along with Annual #1, as Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 4: League of Assassins (The New 52) (Red Hood and the Outlaws: the New 52!). Following the events of the Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 3: Death of the Family TP (The New 52), we are told that Jason Todd has decided that he wants to forget everything, and runs off to the Himalayas to get mini-mystic S'arup to wipe his memories. Unfortunately, S'arup has wiped away far too much for the liking of Roy Harper, who. With Koriand'r, has followed him. Essence is also hanging around, trying to stop them from catching him, as is the spirit of Ducra, who apparently finds a spark of something or other in Roy, which will allow him to find his way to the Acres of All, where they find Jason, but are too late... S'arup lets them - and us - see inside Jason's memories, and we also get to see in their memories too, which provides several themes for subsequent issues. The story then switches to the Annual, which guest-stars Green Arrow, who comes to Korinad'r's island to look for Roy, which gives us a look into Roy's past, which happens to contain his therapist, Doctor Hugo Strange, who will be seen later in the story, and in the next volume.

Green Arrow's visit has allowed the League of Assassins to find the island, and Cheshire pops in for a bit of flirting with Roy, who is getting a lot of his past fleshed out in this volume. Jason starts looking through the files on him and the other Outlaws, and is shocked to find that he is such a dangerous criminal, and flees the island. This is when it gets complicated, as Jason ends up with the League of Assassins, who try to make him their leader; Roy drops in to see Hugo Strange, who dimes him to the League for Talia's bounty on his and Koriand'r's heads, while the Untitled come to recruit him to help them break in to the League's hidden city, for there are mystical barriers which they are unable to cross. Apparently Ra's al Ghul was trained by Ducra centuries ago, and he created the League of Assassins to protect a mystical fountain that was involved in powering up the Untitled, as well as the Lazarus Pits. It all ends in a big battle, with a lot of deep and long-laid plans by various mystic characters, not to mention various members of the al Ghul clan, which all come together at the end. Unfortunately, it spills over into the next volume, so we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger.

This is an excellently plotted and scripted story, though it looks like the dreaded deadline doom required a lot of inkers to pitch in along the way, affecting the finish of some of the artwork. I am not a great fan of the innumerable Himalayan mystical warrior sects that populate the DC universe, and there are far too many of them crammed into this book. However, we do get to see more of Jason's background, and a lot more of Roy's. There is also a glimpse of something involving Nightwing in Koriand'r's that she is desperate to keep suppressed, and she may have been lying about some of her memories in previous stories...

We also have a `Zero Year' issue in which we see the young Jason Todd involved with Talia, the original Red Hood gang, its former leader, who has just crawled out of the chemical bath, and is carrying a crowbar, and a member of the Untitled who is out to take control of the gang. It looks like the Joker was lying a bit, but he does get to meet the young Jason, as does Talia, who marks him down as someone worth remembering, and a lot of apparent loose ends are tied together here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 July 2014
really good read, just a shame Kenneth Rocafort left for Superman
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