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‘Red Hood: The Hill’ #2 asks what price order costs

Red Hood: The Hill #2 explores the balance between order and chaos, and what some characters are willing to do to maintain that balance.

The debut issue of Red Hood: The Hill presented a contrast between its titular antihero and the group of vigilantes who defend the small Gotham neighborhood over in the Hill. Red Hood: The Hill #2 continues to explore that theme of duality – whether it’s the fight between the Watch and the cult known as the Grand Imperial, or the struggle between various figures of power. In fact, the opening page of this issue is a study in contrasts.

It consists of a high-octane, knock-down, drag-out fight between the Watch and the Grand Imperial…juxtaposed with a hot and heavy makeout session between Red Hood and Strike. Sanford Greene understands the power of body language, as he makes sure that Strike locked in combat with the Grand Imperial’s leader has the same intensity as said makeout sesh. Throughout this issue, I remained in awe of how fluid Sanford’s artwork was, especially a sequence where Red Hood pulls his guns on an enemy. The transition is so smooth, it’s hard to believe that it’s a single drawing.

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Colorist Matt Herms puts the “Red” in Red Hood, distributing various shades of red throughout the issue. The opening page has a red sky. Nearly every character wears a red article of clothing, or has red inserted into their ensemble. Of course, Red Hood himself sports his signature red hooded vest and mask. What keeps this from being overdone is how Herms applies the color; it’s a constant presence but it’s fairly subtle.

When it comes to the story, Shawn Martinbrough chooses to focus on the Watch and their internal conflict. Strike is determined to end the threat of the Grand Imperial but two of her teammates are looking to start a new life, while Red Hood – having run a team of his own with the Outlaws – is trying to steer her on the right path. A running theme that Martinbrough keeps returning to throughout the issue is “order vs chaos” – that doesn’t jut extend to the battle between hero and villain but also life. Life can be chaotic, and it’s up to you to pull some order out of it. As far as messages in superhero fiction go, that’s a solid one.

Red Hood: The Hill #2 explores the balance between order and chaos, and what some characters are willing to do to maintain that balance. The series might be a slow burn, but it’s giving us some good character work. Plus the addition of a longtime Batman foe hints at even more conflict in store for Red Hood – which is where Jason Todd operates best.

'Red Hood: The Hill' #2 asks what price order costs
‘Red Hood: The Hill’ #2 asks what price order costs
Red Hood: The Hill #2
Red Hood: The Hill #2 explores the balance between order and chaos, and what some characters are willing to do to maintain that balance. The series might be a slow burn, but it's giving us some good character work. Plus the addition of a longtime Batman foe hints at even more conflict in store for Red Hood – which is where Jason Todd operates best.
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.3
Sanford Greene delivers plenty of fast-paced, fluid artwork.
Matt Herms uses a subtle amount of red throughout, an inspired artistic choice.
Shawn Martinbrough tackles the question of what it means to keep order amidst chaos.
The slow burn is a bit of a double edged sword, even if it's character based.
7.5
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