Batman and The Outsiders #3 Comic Review
Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Clayton Cowels
Cover: Tyler Kirkham & Arif Prianto
Variant Cover: Jay Anacleto
Lesser Gods Part 3
“Face Your Demon”
What You Need To Know
The Outsiders regroup following their failure to rescue Sofia from Ra’s Al Ghul. Batman feels the team needs to be challenged in order to come together and become a functioning unit. Meanwhile, Ra’s Al Ghul attempts to breakdown Sofia mentally in order to convert her into his newest minion. Will The Outsiders unite as a team in time to save Sofia?
What Just Happened
Batman explains to the Outsiders that Sofia in Ra’s Al Ghul’s custody. The team in informed that Sofia is being indoctrinated into the League of Shadows. Batman states he will test the team against him in order to strengthen them as a unit.
On Khadym, Ra’s Al Ghul forces Sofia to drink a tea that is laced with a hallucinogen. Sofia hallucinates while Ra’s informs her that he is not her enemy and he saved her from death. Ra’s orders Sofia to kill Ishmael who appears in her hallucination.
The Outsiders meet where Batman ordered them to and decide a strategy to attack him. The Outsiders decide to split up to be able to more effectively track Batman. After the team separates, an explosion isolates The Signal from the rest of the team.
On Khadym, Ishmael leaves himself open to allow Sofia to kill him. Ishmael also mocks Sofia and brings up her father’s death and his final thoughts. Ishmael alleges that her father wishes it were her that died.
Signal is faced by a familiar foe that mocks and beats him. The villain reminds Signal of his failures and inadequacies. Signal barely puts up a fight to defend himself.
Ra’s gives Sofia his sword and asks her to kill Ishmael and be “his weapon”. Sofia holds the weapon towards Ishmael and is tempted to strike the killing blow. Ra’s orders Sofia to let out all of her hate and grief by killing her father’s killer.
Signal continues to be mocked by the villain until the rest of the team intervenes. The rest of the team offers their support to Signal. The enemy reveals himself to be Batman who says he is proud of Signal. Signal informs Orphan that he needs help processing his trauma from his near death experience.
Sofia almost goes through with killing Ishmael until Ra’s has Ishmael wake her up from her hallucination. Ra’s Al Ghul informs Sofia that she now belongs to him. Prior to the events of this issue, Lex Luthor visits Ra’s Al Ghul and informs him he has an offer for him.
The issue of Batman and The Outsiders seems to be spinning its wheels. I feel a book that is 3 issues old should not be in a holding pattern, but that’s how I felt while reading this issue. There is not much plot advancement in this issue, just a lot of monologuing and posturing. I do like the idea of Batman challenging the team to fight him in an attempt at a team building exercise. I also appreciated Bryan Hill following up on Signal’s recent history by continuing to use his previous trauma as a barrier to him becoming the hero he wants to be.
I also appreciated seeing Ra’s Al Ghul trying to breakdown Sofia mentally. Ra’s dangles Sofia’s revenge right in front of her and urges her to take it. Sofia seems to truly struggle with the temptation of taking the life of the man who killed her father. This reminded me of a Sith Lord trying to corrupt a young jedi. Hill characterizes Sophia in a way that makes you feel unsure of whether she will be able to fight off Ra’s Al Ghul’s programming.
The art in this book continues to be good and the most consistent thing about this book. Sofia’s hallucinations were the strong point when it comes to Dexter Soy’s illustrations in this issue. Veronica Gandini’s colors really benefit how sharp our heroes look, particularly Signal in this issue.