I hated this book when it first came out. I was extremely, overwhelmingly disappointed as a female Jason fan who had been extremely invested in Jason’s history and his particular habit of relating more to women, getting angry at gendered violence, etc. Combined with the fact that Jason has been catapulted back to prominence by a heavily female fanbase, it just felt like a huge slap in the face to have a book so drenched in sexism.
Honestly, I never liked any of Lobdell’s Jason before RHATO Rebirth. Once Rebirth came out, I was able to go back and reread it and appreciate that elements of some of the stuff I liked in Rebirth had started there, and generally go easier on it because I believed it seemed like Lobdell had taken criticisms to heart and worked to improve both the book and, via sensitivity training, himself.
The allegations that came out recently, however, dating to well after he had begun that apparent self-improvement effort, have heavily soured me on New 52 RHATO once more. It is impossible to see his Starfire now and not connect it to this behavior, and while I firmly believe in letting people change and redeem themselves, to hear that he continued this egregious behavior well after I had given him a second chance in Rebirth did not sit well with me. Maybe Lobdell will manage to become a better person someday, but he’s squandered enough chances that I don’t want to read a single other ■■■■■■■ book by him unless he does a WHOLE lot to make amends and regain trust that I doubt he will ever do.