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Preview: Batman and the Outsiders #3

Batman and the Outsiders #3

(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!

Batman and the Outsiders #3

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

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

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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

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.

Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy, Ryan Winn, Phil Hester, Ande Parks (A/CA) Trevor Hairsine
In Shops: Aug 08, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Batman versus Red Hood for the right to fight in Gotham-grab your ringside seat for the battle 25 years in the making! Jason Todd broke a promise to his mentor, and must now confront an angry and betrayed Batman. That means a good time for readers, but probably not so much for Jason: it’s likely going to take more than the Outlaws’ help in order for the Red Hood to avoid wearing an orange jumper in prison.

Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #24

Red Hood and the Outlaws #24

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy, Alisson Borges (CA) Trevor Hairsine
In Shops: Jul 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Bizarro is getting… worse. Worser? Worsest. The backward Superman’s diminishing cognitive state is causing problems for the rest of the Outlaws. Complicating things is the Red Hood’s vendetta against the Penguin-can the Outlaws stop Jason Todd from crossing a line he can’t return from?

Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #22

Red Hood and the Outlaws #22

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy (CA) Trevor Hairsine
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The Penguin has redeveloped waterfront property into a new boardwalk attraction for children of all ages, but Red Hood knows any “legitimate” business of the Penguin’s is a cover for something illegitimate. Plus, Artemis pays a visit to Lex Luthor to find out about the “side effects” of Bizarro’s revival, though Lex might be more concerned with dredging up his past with the wayward Amazon than answering any of her questions.

Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #21

Red Hood and the Outlaws #21

Story: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy
Color: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Trevor Hairsine, Antonio Fabela
Variant Cover: Guillem March
Editor: Rob Levin
Put Boss: Marie Javins
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Looking to make his mark on Gotham City’s crowded underworld, Red Hood infiltrates the Iceberg Lounge in an attempt to further annoy the Penguin. But it might be the Penguin who gets the drop on Red Hood this time. Plus, the truth about Bizarro’s condition finally comes out-and the consequences could be catastrophic for Artemis!

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