Outsiders

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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Batman & the Outsiders #4

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #4 comic reviewBatman & the Outsiders #4 offers the calm before the storm as Ra’s al Ghul bends Sofia Ramos to his will and the Outsiders lick their wounds and gearing up to jump into the fray once more. The issue offers an allusion, if not a full explanation, about why Batman isn’t joining the team on this mission. I’m guessing that the comic is referring to events tied to City of Bane, but honestly can’t be sure as writer Bryan Edward Hill vagues this up as much as possible. Whatever the reason, it appears the Outsiders are on their own.

Despite the storyline feeling stalled throughout the entire issue, are a few moments of interest including Batman’s conversation with Black Lightning, the comic explaining Katana‘s relationship to her sword (and the love trapped inside), and a nice moment of Cassandra offering comfort to Signal.

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Batman & the Outsiders #3

by Alan Rapp on July 22, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #3 comic reviewBatman & the Outsiders #3 is all about tests and loyalty. After taking Sofia Ramos, Ra’s al Ghul begins to condition the young woman and slowly bend her to his will. At the same time, rather than hunt for the girl, Batman puts the Outsiders through a test of his own whose true purpose is force Signal to face his guilt and stop running from it.

The lack of urgency on Batman’s behalf to rescue Sofia is highly perplexing, as is the fact that none of the Outsiders question the Dark Knight Detective taking them off the case for a training exercise while the young woman they failed to save is being brainwashed by a delusional madman.

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