battling new criminal chieftains raiding his city, Batman
is confronted with a face from the past - or rather, a hidden
face from the past. Welcome the return of the Red Hood. With
the murderous Black Mask controlling the Gotham City underworld,
what will this villainous addition to the Dark Knight's rogues
gallery mean when all is said and done...?
the Hood is a pretty entertaining read, which is something
of a small miracle when you consider that the main narrative
is stretched to breaking point. Red Hood returns to Gotham
City but, as we discover from the opening chapter, this Red
Hood is known to Batman, and he's surprised by who is behind
the mask. The rest of this collection is told as a flashback
detailing Red Hood's return to Gotham City, until the moment
Batman unmasks him.
this collection doesn't stretch the suspense out for too long
- we discover who Red Hood is half way through this graphic
novel. Thank goodness this wasn't an "all is revealed
on the last page" affair. Although, Batman doesn't discover
who Red Hood really is until the final pages.
keep the story ticking along there are many guest appearances
from the DC Universe. Mr
Freeze and Joker pop up briefly, as do Superman
and Green Arrow.
artwork is pretty impressive. Although, the cover shows the
old style of headgear worn by Red Hood, which is totally different
to his new WWE wrestlers style mask.
entertaining, if somewhat drawn out affair, which will certainly
not be a disappointment to Batman fans.
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