Several new series have come to Webtoon via the webcomic company’s partnership with DC, and soon Red Hood’s antihero team will have its own webcomic debut. Screen Rant had the opportunity to speak with the creative team of Red Hood: Outlaws.
Webtoon’s partnership with DC began with Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, then expanded with Vixen: NYC and Zatanna & The Ripper. Next, Red Hood and his Outlaw team will take the reins with Red Hood: Outlaws. This new webcomic has the creative team of Patrick R. Young and Nico Bascuñán and will reunite Jason Todd with Artemis and Bizarro.
Screen Rant had the opportunity to speak with Young and Bascuñán about what’s next for Jason Todd and how this series will bring together the fan-favorite Outlaws team in a celebration of their relationships, rather than another “crowbar/Joker story” about the young hero’s death. red hood and the outlaws With Webtoon doing the DC partnership, fans have been able to read about Batman’s family, Vixen, and Zatanna. What can fans expect from Red Hood: Outlaws that will set it apart from the other DC/Webtoon offerings?
Patrick Young: I think that’s one of the fun things about all these collaborations, is they’re all very distinct voices. They all have very distinct tones. Clearly Bat-Family is very slice of life, short. Zatanna is a little bit more whimsical than ours is. We’re looking to have a lot of ground-level, globe-trotting action stakes here with a good dash of romance. Nico and I have brought a lot of ourselves to this series, and we think we’re slightly different people than the ones writing the other series. We’ve made a very personal, very fun dynamic. Vixen and Zatanna have team-ups, but the Outlaws are kind of a new team to a lot of people. I know they have their fans, but we’re very excited to show this very specific, disorganized, messy dynamic – loving dynamic! – to people. We think it’ll feel very fresh. Also, Nico’s art style on its own will bring something incredibly dynamic that I don’t even think exists on Webtoon at all right now, even beyond the DC collaborations.
Nico Bascuñán: Those are big words, man. You’ve put a mountain in front of me. Patrick Young: I say this because literally ten minutes ago, Nico sent in new art from episode 11 and my brain was just exploding. If I’m a little flustered it’s because I’m still thinking about this art I can’t wait for people to see.
Nico Bascuñán: There are very slow-cooking things with this Webtoon – very careful ingredients. It’s a very special one for us, because it’s very personal. It’s like the characters are closest to our family and friends. We’re trying to put in more reality and logic for our crew. And they talk like that! They hang out, talking like real people talk. I love that Patrick’s scripts are insane, basically. It’s always real, like in the style of the Sopranos. You have a beginning, a climax, an ending – for every episode. As you mentioned, the Outlaws definitely have fans. Will Koriandr and Roy be making any guest appearances, given they have a history with the team?
Patrick Young: The initial team we’re starting with is Artemis and Bizarro. We’ve had full control to use whoever we want. I’ve been on this project for more than two years now and when I was told I could do pretty much whatever I want, I made a list. If this is my only DC comic I’m going to use everyone I can possibly use. I made that list and I haven’t been turned down yet. Nico’s done the same. We’re trying to make our dreams come true. We have full access to everyone, if we want – but that’s all I’ll say about that. Nico Bascuñán: They gave us the master key to do whatever we want.
With that free reign, are you able to operate outside of current continuity to tell this story? Are you held to anything going on in the universe right now? Patrick Young: No, we’ve been able to pick and choose. We wanted to tell a very specific story about how these characters grow and how they find themselves. Part of that has been taking different parts of different continuities and have fun with it. In the previous Outlaws series, Artemis had never been Wonder Woman, in this one, she had. So we’ve been able to have fun with that and kind of just go wherever we want. It’s been great!