I'd already heard some confirmation a while back that it was true but I decided not to post until it had been officially confirmed...
Which it has been.
However, good news. Tynion says he's not changing it from a fun adventure book, and his first arc will be somewhat Roy-centric.
Newsarama talked to Tynion and found out:
- Lobdell's final issues set up the new direction for Tynion, who told us he had to pitch for the chance to write Red Hood.
- Tynion has some longer-form storylines in mind for Red Hood,
- Roy Harper is the focus of the first story arc, and he'll be "meeting" for the first time some characters who were associated with him in pre-52 continuity.
- Tynion's first threat for the team is a secret until the end of "Death of the Family," although the cover for issue #19 implies there might be trouble within the ranks of the Outlaws.
- Tynion assured readers that he would not make the book more moody or dark, despite his work on Talon. In fact, he called Red Hood an "energetic," "adventure" book with "high action."
Nrama: Fans have seen your work on Talon and the Batman back-ups. How is your work on Red Hood different from those? And what similarities?
Tynion: I think tonally, they're very different books. Obviously, there's some darkness lurking around these characters, and even moreso right as I'm going to jump onto this run.
But I think that, at its essence, this is a fun,adventure book with three friends that are doing these insane things all over the world. And that's not going to changes.
I'm not looking to take this book in a grim and gritty, dark direction. It's not going to be a moody, dark book.
It's going to be high action, high concepts, lots of new villains, threats lurking in the darkness.
I'm having so much fun writing it, and I think that will come across on the page. I think Talon has an inherit darkness to it. This does too, but it's muted by the fact that the personalities of the characters, except for Jason, are brighter. Roy in particular.
Anyone who's worried that I'm going to take the book and make it a bit darker and moodier like Talon don't have anything to worry about.He also mentions some possible Ollie/Roy stuff due to Lemire taking over GA.Tynion: Something fans haven't really seen from me yet, but it's something that I feel incredibly passionate about — and I know the editors know it — is I love the young characters of the DCU. They've been my favorite characters my entire life.
My favorite thing I've written up until now is the back-up in Batman #0 with the Bat-signal going up for the first time, and just getting to play with those Robins.
So they knew that I had this fascination with the young characters. So when this opened up, they asked me if I'd be interested in pitching for it, and I did not need to think about it. These are characters that I've been wanting to write for years and years and years.
And I love the Outlaws in particular. It's these three characters who, before the New 52, you wouldn't really have associated together.
You have Starfire, who's this incredibly powerful warrior princess.
You have Roy, who's this former partner of Green Arrow who's a bit more of a goofball.
And you have Jason, who before now has been falling more in the villain cast than the hero, since his resurrection.
It's a really interesting dynamic between these three characters, so I'm really excited to get to play with that.
I guess my excitement came through in my pitch, and they decided to give me a shot.
And Mico Suayan, if you don't recognise him, is the guy responsible for covers such as:
So looks to be a pretty good art change.
So I'm a little cautious, but overall optimistic. Lobdell left the title of his own volition and a guy's coming on who enjoyed the book and characters and has fun writing them, so...yeah, I'll refrain from judging any further until his issues start coming out.