Exclusive preview: Scott Lobdell dishes on Bizarro in Red Hood and the Outlaws #14

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Sep 11, 2017, 3:00 PM EDT

When he has muscle like Bizarro on a team of good guys posing as bad guys, what more could a leader like Red Hood ask for? How about a genius Bizarro?

In the opening pages of Red Hood and the Outlaws #14, published by DC Comics and available this Wednesday, ol' Red is enjoying the spoils of the super-smart Bizarro, such as jet packs, teleportation discs, and intel on baddies like Penguin and Professor Pyg. But the benefits of a stronger, faster, and genius Bizarro don't make life easy for Red Hood and the Outlaws, when Batwoman sets the team in her sites.

In the gallery below, we have an exclusive preview of Issue 14, written by Scott Lobdell, with art by Joe Bennett, cover by Mike McKone, and variant cover by Guillem March. But before you check out the pages (and pick up the issue when it drops Sept. 13), read why Lobdell says this is the issue to watch -- and what's ahead for the Outlaws.

Set up the action in this issue, and why it’s one to pick up?

Scott Lobdell: When Lex increased Bizarro's mental facilities to the max last issue, there was a hint of danger about what that might mean to the Outlaws. But we're going to find out that even though his brain might have changed... Bizarro's heart is still as big as the great outdoors!

For everyone who thought Bizarro Am Smart was going to be a one-off, strap yourself in.

What is your favorite panel/page/line in this issue?

I love the scene where Bizarro confronts the prison guard responsible for helping a prisoner escape from Arkham Asylum. Let’s just say it doesn't play out the way that Red Hood and Artemis could have imagined.

Tease how this might set up the next issue.

Red Hood has had a plan in place since the series started—how he's using his Red Hood identity to wrestle control away from Gotham City's crime kingpins by posing as one of them. All that planning is being put at risk though when Bizarro, in effort to be helpful, takes the Outlaws to the next level. (And if you don't think Batwoman, Batwing, and the rest of the cast of Detectives isn't going to notice... then you just don't know Gotham!)