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dull and half-baked
on 14 April 2016
A total bro-fest, wasting the huge potential to explore Jason's psyche. We have here the two biggest losers in the DC universe teaming up, and so this could have been a very interesting character study of what it's like to be rejected from a conventional hero clique, and how to make your own rules and team codes. Despite having three potentially interesting characters, this had dull and half-baked set pieces linked by filler. There is no character development, no discernible overarching plot, no exploration of their relationships, nothing but: "here is a tedious summary of my backstory, here is Starfire showing off her birth canal, here is some shooting/blowing stuff up..."ad nauseum. Maybe it gets better in the next part of the run?
There is way too much Starfire in creepy pornographic photoshoot poses (Rocafort is a cheesecake artist so I expected that, but not this much!) But they have retconned Starfire to be braindead, or she has lost her memory which somehow results in her having sex with everyone, or something, which is the single most offensive retcon I've ever encountered). Red Hood and Arsenal always have all their clothes on while she is mostly naked, she has virtually no serious dialogue, she doesn't drive any aspects of the plot apart from when they have to save her, and she doesn't do anything on the team apart from be available for sex. She could have really easily been removed from this series, and Roy and Jason could have simply had sex with other people, or each other, and it would have been loads less cringeworthy (although perhaps DC would avoid the latter scenario). Here are some sexy violent alternatives for you:
If you like ultra-violence and anti-heroes/villains being awesome, check out:
-Gail Simone's brilliant "Secret Six"
-The first few issues of the New 52 Suicide Squad, collected in a paperback called "Kicked in the Teeth", which is OK
-Marvel's "Darth Vader" by Kieron Gillen, which is amazing!
If you like sexy people in comics, check out:
-DC's "Grayson" (Bit too much gratuitous beefcake for me, not really canon Dick Grayson here either; reminds me strongly of FX's "Archer")
-Marvel's 2006 "Marvel Boy" mini-series by Grant Morrison
-Image Comics' "Wicked + Divine" by Kieron Gillen
-the brilliantly-written "Swords of Sorrow" from Dynamite Comics (featuring three iconic almost-naked female protagonists)
-any New 52 Catwoman issues after Judd Winnick stopped writing and the amazing Ann Nocenti and Genevieve Valentine took over, especially "Keeper of the Castle"