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Review: Batman and the Outsiders #2

Batman and the Outsiders #2

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.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Dexter Soy
Color: Veronica Gandini Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.35 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batman and the Outsiders #2

Batman and the Outsiders #2

(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?

Batman and the Outsiders #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Banjax #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Achilles Inc. #3 (Source Point Press) – The concept of superheroes taking jobs from every day people is intriguing. The layered approach to it is what’s really impressive about this series. Enjoy it for what it is or dive deeper into the political/socio commentary, it’s enjoyable either way.

Banjax #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A superhero has learned he’s dying and goes all out due to it. Yeah, we’re in.

Batman and the Outsiders #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had some fantastic art and good team dynamic. We want to see where it all goes from there.

The Batman Who Laughs #6 (DC Comics) – We’ve gotten this far. We want to see how the team wraps this one up and brings it all together.

Event Leviathan #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s mini-event kicks off here and already is shaking up the DC Universe. We’re excited to see how this one goes and what it’ll lead to.

Five Years #2 (Abstract Studios) – Terry Moore brings so much of what he’s done together. This is one for the fans of his work and it’s absolutely worth it.

Grumble #7 (Albatross Funnybooks) – What comics should be, pure fun. Grab this entire series.

Jughead Time Police #1 (Archie Comics) – The concept sounds insane. Everything you need to know is in the title. We’re in.

The Ride: Burning Desire #1 (Image Comics) – The series just sounds like solid noir-ish entertainment with a former detective out of prison working as a bouncer with enemies looking to settle a score.

Spencer and Locke 2 #3

Silver Surfer: Black #1 (Marvel) – We’ve read it. It’s fantastic, especially for those who have been reading Donny Cates’ work. Tradd Moore’s art is fantastic too, especially with Dave Stewart’s colors.

Sonata #1 (Image Comics/Shadowline) – Two cultures clash on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. Nope, no idea what this is alluding to.

Spencer and Locke 2 #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Over the top noir/crime action that lampoons/loves the comics of our childhood.

Trust Fall #1 (AfterShock) – The series mixes superpowers and crime in what sounds like a really intriguing concept. There’s a hook here that’s really unique and stands out. We’re not spoiling it.

Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – One of the best kept secrets in comics. Start from the beginning (the first volume) or at least the first issue of this series to see what you’re missing. To tell you why would spoil the fun.

DC’s Year of the Villain Delivers Battle-Damaged Logo Covers in August

In 2019 it’s good to be bad for the villains of the DC Universe. “Dark Gifts” is the featured theme for August, as the vilest villains in the DC Universe take up Lex Luthor’s offer to be the ultimate versions of themselves, destroying their arch-foes—DC’s greatest heroes—in the process. 
Fans will see immediate evidence of just how much trouble DC’s heroes are in with a series of covers featuring “battle-damaged” versions of their logos.

From Action Comics to Wonder Woman, these covers, combined with the distinctive “Year of the Villain” cover banner, provide a significant visual cue to the epic struggles within each issue, struggles that the heroes may not be able to overcome. As the Year of the Villain continues to escalate throughout September and beyond, the cover logos will sustain increased damage, leading to a line-wide villain takeover in November. Fans should be sure to check out the following titles when they hit shelves in August: 

  • ACTION COMICS #1014 – Cover by Brandon Peterson (on sale August 28)
  • AQUAMAN #51 – Cover by Robson Rocha and Jason Paz (on sale August 21)
  • BATGIRL #38 – Cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico (on sale August 28)
  • BATMAN #76 – Cover by Tony S. Daniel (on sale August 7)
  • BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #4 – Cover by Tyler Kirkham (on sale August 14)
  • CATWOMAN #14 – Cover by Joëlle Jones (on sale August 14)
  • DEATHSTROKE #46 – Cover by Carlo Pagulayan and Norm Rapmund (on sale August 7)
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1009 – Cover by Doug Mahnke (on sale August 14)
  • THE FLASH #76 – Cover by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona (on sale August 14)
  • HARLEY QUINN #64 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 7)
  • HAWKMAN #15 – Cover by Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer (on sale August 14)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 – Cover by Francis Manapul (on sale August 7)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 28) 
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #12 – Cover by Will Conrad (on sale August 14)
  • NIGHTWING #63 – Cover by Bruno Redondo (on sale August 21)
  • RED HOOD: OUTLAW #37 – Cover by Kenneth Rocafort (on sale August 28)
  • SUPERGIRL #33 – Cover by Eduardo Pansica (on sale August 14)
  • SUPERMAN #14 – Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado (on sale August 14)
  • TEEN TITANS #33 – Cover by Bernard Chang (on sale August 21)
  • THE TERRIFICS #19 – Cover by Dan Mora (on sale August 28)
  • WONDER WOMAN #76 – Cover by Jesus Merino (on sale August 14) 

Continuing from July, August will also feature more of the card stock variant covers. These variants are priced at one dollar more than their battle-damaged standard counterparts and feature artwork by some of comics’ top cover artists, including Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Joshua Middleton, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Yasmine Putri, and others.

Around the Tubes

Giant-Man #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Publisher’s Weekly – Street Noise Books Readies a New Line of Nonfiction Graphic Books – The more the better!

The Beat – Vault Comics Announces Multi-Project Deal with Michael Moreci – Moreci’s very talents so can’t wait to see what he does.

Newsarama – Snowpiercer Jumps Tracks To A New Channel Ahead of Debut – Well, at least it’s one step closer to being released.

UPI News – Snowpiercer series renewed for Season 2 ahead of debut – Interesting, see above.

CBLDF – Lawsuit Demands Fun Home Removed – No, just no.

iO9 – Avengers: Endgame‘s New Asgard Is Way More Digital Than You Realized – This is pretty cool to see and learn.

Reviews

Newsarama – Batman #71
Talking Comics –
Batman and the Outsiders #1
Newsarama –
Giant-Man #1

Review: Batman and the Outsiders #1

Batman and the Outsiders #1

When the quest for justice drives Batman into some morally ambiguous areas, he calls in the most moral man he knows: Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning, and his team of operatives known as the Outsiders!

Several years ago Batman personally put the Barrera family into hiding after they suffered through terrible experiments at the hands of an organization called the Ark. Now all but one of them have turned up dead…and Batman needs to locate Sofia Barrera before the wrong people get their hands on her-and her surprising power! But it wouldn’t be Batman without a hidden agenda, would it? And when Black Lightning, Katana, the Signal and Orphan find out what Batman is really up to, their every loyalty will be called into question.

There’s been one comic I’ve been looking forward to since its announcement, and really the hints it was coming, and it’s Batman and the Outsiders by writer Bryan Edward Hill. Headed up by Black Lightning, this “new” addition to the Bat-family of comics focuses on the team dynamic we saw previously in Detective Comics with a more focused cast. Featuring Katana, the Signal, and Orphan, this dynamic is an interesting one filled with doubt. And, that doubt and team dynamic is what makes it stand out not just from the rest of the Bat books, but from DC’s offerings in general.

Hill is delivering something interesting, not in the plot itself so far, but the team dynamic. Black Lightning doubts himself, and distrusts Batman to an extent, in how to properly lead the team. The Signal is still shaken from his dealing with Karma, the villain in the story that brought this team together. Orphan is, well Orphan. And Katana is facing her own issues though that’s not as clear. They’re a team but at the same time are treated as a tool to be used by Batman for whatever missions he deems. In this case, it’s rescuing a girl being hunted. It’s that distrust and rough nature of the unit though that makes this all interesting. They don’t totally get along and mistakes are made delivering a series where you really are not sure what might happen. You expect someone might get hurt or the team actually fails. By the end of the first issue, I’m not sure if this will be a team that “wins” all the time and saves the day.

The art by Dexter Soy is fantastic as well popping from the page due to the coloring of Veronica Gandini. The two together, along with letterer Clayton Cowles, create a comic that’s as visually interesting and fun to look at as it is to read. There’s a certain energy about each page that draws you in and makes it all fun to stare at. It sets itself apart from other Batman comics but at the same time feels right at home with the visual choices.

The story of the comic itself is ok, basically a Terminator riff, but that’s not the draw. It’s the team that’ll suck you in. While we’ve been delayed getting here, the fact we are here, and what’s presented has me excited to see what’s next.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Dexter Soy
Color: Veronica Gandini Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation:
Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batman and the Outsiders #1

Batman and the Outsiders #1

(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Tyler Kirkham
In Shops: May 08, 2019
SRP: $3.99

When the quest for justice drives Batman into some morally ambiguous areas, he calls in the most moral man he knows: Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning, and his team of operatives known as the Outsiders!

Several years ago Batman personally put the Barrera family into hiding after they suffered through terrible experiments at the hands of an organization called the Ark. Now all but one of them have turned up dead…and Batman needs to locate Sofia Barrera before the wrong people get their hands on her-and her surprising power! But it wouldn’t be Batman without a hidden agenda, would it? And when Black Lightning, Katana, the Signal and Orphan find out what Batman is really up to, their every loyalty will be called into question.

Batman and the Outsiders #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Katusha

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman and the Outsiders #1 (DC Comics) – Delayed, but it’s finally here and we’re beyond excited to check out this new series, especially since writer Bryan Edward Hill and artist Dexter Soy are involved.

The Batman Who Laughs #5 (DC Comics) – The series so far has been solid but it’s also clear that this character is going to impact the entire DC Universe for some time. This is going to be an important miniseries that’s going to set off a lot.

Copra Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – If you missed this series at its previous publisher, you have no excuse now. It’s so good! Think indie Suicide Squad.

Katusha (Dead Reckoning) – Dead Reckoning has been doing awesome releasing war comics and this one focused on the German invasion of the Soviet Union through a comining-of-age story sounds really interesting.

Metalshark Bro #1 (Scout Comics) – We’ll be honest, we know little about this debut issue but the cover has a shark rocking out with a guitar. Yes please!

Monarchs (Scout Comics) – We read the first issue when it was released and enjoyed the video game/comic blend. Now we get a chance to read the entire series.

Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1 (Dynamite Entertainment/Archie Comics) – It sounds so out there we’re beyond excited for it.

Six Days: The Incredible Story of D-Days Lost Chapter (DC Comics/Vertigo) – A true story about World War II. We’ve read it and it’s really fantastic. If you like war stories, this is a must graphic novel.

War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1 (Marvel) – This is going to be an important issue with lots of characters making their debut.

Waves (BOOM! Studios) – A graphic novel about the difficulties of pregnancy. An emotional read.

Around the Tubes

It’s Thanksgiving here at GP HQ but we’re not slowing down with lots of articles and a few exclusives! Enjoy the turkey and check back often today!

Kotaku – Miss Universe Japan Will Compete As Sailor Moon – This is kind of cool.

Antiques and Arts Online – EC Comic’s 1955 ‘Master Race’ Sells For $600000 At Heritage Auctions – That’s a good chunk of change.

Newsarama – Sony Sets Two Spider-Man Spin-Off Release Dates – Morbius and a Venom sequel?

The Comichron – Green Lantern, mutants lead final pre-Black Friday reorder report – As usual, not too surprising.

The Outhouse – Batman & Outsiders Pushed Back By DC Comics to 2019! – No!!!!!

Batman and the Outsiders Launches in December with Bryan Edward Hill and Dexter Soy

Art by Tyler Kirkham

DC Comics has been teasing it for a while but it’s now confirmed that Batman and the Outsiders will be launching with Bryan Edward Hill writing and Dexter Soy on art. The new series will spin out of Hill’s current run on Detective Comics which runs through issues #987.

The new team will feature Batman, Signal, Orphan, Katana, and Black Lightning. Hill says this is a team book where “the safety is off.”

It has been expected that a new series would launch for months now. Recent event Dark Knights: Metal hinted that Batman was running an off the books team featuring Black Lightning, who was a member of the original team that began in 1983.

That original team first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #200 and featured Batman, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Geo-Force, Katana, Halo, and Looker. The team has had a few relaunches since then but this is the first since Rebirth announced the existence of the team in Dark Days: The Forge #1.

The new series will launch in December.

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