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Batman & the Outsiders #11

by Alan Rapp on March 18, 2020

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Batman & the Outsiders #11 comic reviewThe Outsiders battle the minions of Ra’s al Ghul in Batman & the Outsiders #11 as the sudden arrival of Katana, Signal and Orphan helps Black Lightning and Lady Shiva even the odds against Ra’s soldiers. There’s a fair bit of action here involving several members of the team battling various villains including Kaliber and Karma but there are also some nice smaller moments between mother and daughter as Shiva’s plan to get closer to her daughter appears to be working.

The comic also features some scenes between Batman and Sofia Ramos who the Dark Knight Detective helps make some decisions concerning the face she wants to show to the world and the symbol she wishes to become. Batman also offers a few words of wisdom about who Ra’s al Ghul is and about the similarities between himself and the Demon’s Head.

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Batman & the Outsiders #10

by Alan Rapp on February 24, 2020

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Batman & the Outsiders #10 comic reviewWith Bruce Wayne reaching out to resources in attempts to discover what Ra’s al Ghul‘s endgame might be, and how it is related to both Kaliber and a Markovian scientist, the team he put together is in shambles. Black Lightning is now working with Lady Shiva who believes she can trade on this relationship and get closer to her daughter by helping the grieving hero in his search for revenge.

Ten issues in, Batman & the Outsiders continues to play the long game and tease the reader with breadcrumbs. Issue #10 does nothing to buck that trend as Bryan Edward Hill is taking the idea of “slow-play” to the limit.

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Batman & the Outsiders #8

by Alan Rapp on December 30, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #8 comic reviewDespite a late betrayal by one of their own, the Outsiders successfully return to Gotham City with Sofia Ramos in Batman & the Outsiders #8. Opening with the betrayal of Kaliber, the latest issue of the series confirms the death of Alfred has been what has kept Batman from being in the field with the Outsiders over the comic’s first arc.

It also offers a look at the Batcave through new eyes as Sofia takes another step into the world of heroes and villains while providing a pair of nice moments between Sofia and Katana, and between Signal and Cassandra who offer each other support after the turmoil of recent events.

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Batman & the Outsiders #6

by Alan Rapp on October 10, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #6 comic reviewBatman & the Outsiders #6 ends the comic’s opening arc with more failure from the Outsiders, and more absence from Batman. The comic picks up the thread of Ishmael and Cassandra Cain and Signal who appear to have been Ra’s al Ghul‘s targets all along. Lured into a trap by Ishmael, the pair discover Lady Shiva waiting for them with a surprise. Although Cassandra survives her mother-daughter reunion, Signal’s fate is left up in the air (although Ra’s does allude to his plans for the boy, and the rest of Batman’s soldiers, as he has chosen a new tactic in his war against the detective).

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Batman & the Outsiders #5

by Alan Rapp on September 19, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #5 comic reviewThe Outsiders have arrived in Khadym to search for the missing Sofia Ramos. The search ends up leading the team into not one but two separate traps. For the first, Black Lightning, Katana, and Kaliber walk into with their eyes open having found Sofia. The second is sprung on the remaining members of the team while the rest fight for their lives in the desert.

Sofia is both the goal and an obstacle after being brainwashed by Ra’s al Ghul. She puts up a spirited defense before Katana is able to get through to her. Or is this yet another part of the demon’s trap, with Sofia still under his control, which will reveal itself at the proper moment? There’s a good amount of action here, and also some team building as Black Lightning learns a bit more about Katana’s past and world view.

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