(W) Bryan Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Tyler Kirkham In Shops: Jan 08, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Ra’s al Ghul and his army of assassins have turned their attention away from the Dark Knight-and toward Black Lightning! They’ve done something terrible to him that can never be fixed, and Black Lightning will need the Outsiders to stop him from crossing a line that could change his life forever.
(W) Bryan Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Tyler Kirkham In Shops: Dec 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Queen takes rook in this master’s game of chess played by the Demon’s Head himself, Ra’s al Ghul, as he cultivates more of the Outsiders for his taking. Cassandra Cain is caught in the middle between friendship, family, and her own moral judgments. Meanwhile, Black Lightning continues to make his moves while Batman seems to be away on “Bruce Wayne” business.
(W) Bryan Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Jonboy Meyers In Shops: Nov 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Unable to cope with Black Lightning and Batman’s methods, Duke Thomas finds refuge in the philosophy of Ra’s al Ghul, becoming the latest acolyte of the Demon, as Ra’s at last begins to rebuild his empire!
(W) Bryan Hill (A) Max Raynor (CA) Dexter Soy In Shops: Oct 30, 2019 SRP: $4.99
The soul of Katana’s husband, Maseo, is experiencing great unrest within her sword! The Outsiders must find a way to relieve him, or else the blade itself may shatter, unleashing not only Maseo but whatever unknown spirits and sorcery are trapped with him in the Pandora’s box of Katana’s blade!
(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Tyler Kirkham In Shops: Oct 09, 2019 SRP: $3.99
While the mission is a success, the Outsiders do not feel like winners. Measures are taken to deprogram Sofia and understand the extent of her abilities, while Ra’s al Ghul’s power and influence grows enough for him to establish a new league in Khadym, unsullied by distractions and temptations of the earthly plane.
(W) Bryan Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Tyler Kirkham In Shops: Sep 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The Outsiders must stop Ishmael if they hope to rescue Sofia and bring her back to Gotham City to meet with Batman. But vanquishing such a fearsome opponent will have dire consequences, especially for one member of the team…
(W) Bryan Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Mikel Janin In Shops: Aug 14, 2019 SRP: $3.99
At last-the Outsiders take off on their mission to rescue Sofia from none other than Ra’s al Ghul! But Ra’s has other ideas for the quartet, and with the aid of Lex Luthor’s mysterious gift, they are playing right into his hand.
(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Jay Anacleto In Shops: Jul 10, 2019 SRP: $4.99
In their first encounter with the powerful maniac who’s pursuing runaway meta-human Sofia Barrera, Black Lightning and the Outsiders were absolutely humbled. Does everyone on this team have what it takes? Or did Batman make a catastrophic mistake when he entrusted them with Sofia’s life? Plus, ousted from power and stripped of wealth, Ra’s al Ghul is a broken man. But Lex Luthor has a plan for how the Outsiders could be Ra’s’ new League of Assassins!
While the debut issue didn’t completely win me over, Batman and the Outsiders #2 delivers the humor and action that’ll have me coming back for more.
Sofia Barrera is on the run and the mysterious man named Kaliber is here to protect her!
That cliched plot would get most to roll their eyes. Add in Kaliber’s claim of being from the future and you have a plot and character that’s been done so many times before. And that shows the brilliance of writer Bryan Edward Hill. Batman and the Outsiders #2 both mocks and has fun with something we’ve seen and something so many called a rip off in its debut. The issue shows we should expect more from Hill who won’t deliver the standard. And in doing so, he gives us a truly entertaining comic.
Batman and the Outsiders #2 is beyond entertaining. A solid mix of action and humor creates an experience that’ll leave a smile on your face. There’s something very self-aware both making fun of itself and having fun with it all at the same time. The winks and nods are very present and deliberate. But, there’s small details that add a human factor that makes it a bit more than a shallow action comic.
Hill’s excellent writing is helped by the art of Dexter Soy. Soy is joined by colorist Veronica Gandini and letterer Clayton Cowles. The art has a quality about it that exudes its fun attitude. At times there’s a clear manga influence as characters go Super Saiyan in over the top displays. The art works and does so really well.
The comic feels like the entire team is just having fun and has cracked the code of adding metahumans to the Batman universe. The first issue was good. The second issue is fantastic. This is a series that should be on your radar and your pull list.
(W) Bryan Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Tyler Kirkham RATED T+ In Shops: Jun 12, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Sofia Barrera is on the run from an enforcer for the Ark, the program that gave her powers-but in the process, she’s fallen into the hands of the mystery man called Kaliber! He claims he wants to protect her…but who’s paying his bill? And is Katana already questioning Black Lightning’s leadership on their very first mission? Or is she just pushing him in a direction he’s not willing to go?