Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Clayton Cowels
Cover: Tyler Kirkham & Arif Prianto
Variant Cover: Kevin Nowlan
Lesser Gods Part 5
What You Need To Know
The Outsiders have been on the receiving end of Ra’s Al Ghul’s psychological warfare and they are tired of being reactive. The team decides to be proactive and take the fight to the Demon’s Head. Unfortunately, this means infiltrating Ra’s Al Ghul’s stronghold, Khadym. Can The Outsiders successfully make it within the country’s walls and rescue Sofia from Ra’s Al Ghul’s influence?
What Just Happened
The issue begins with Black Lightning and Katana successfully infiltrating Khadym. While in the country, Black Lightning and Katana debate their methods in regards to super-heroics. Kaliber contacts them and informs them that Sofia is sitting out in the open. Kaliber states he feels it is a trap and they were made the moment they set foot in Khadym.
Kaliber suggests that they regroup, but Black Lightning and Katana set out for Katana’s location. Black Lightning and Katana approach Sofia who tells them that Ra’s Al Ghul forced her to see and experience things. Katana realizes Sofia has been drugged and that they are not alone as Sofia attacks them. Ra’s Al Ghul’s minions emerge from underground to attack The Outsiders.
Black Lightning subdues the minions while Katana tries to talk Sofia down. Elsewhere, Ishmael surprise attacks The Signal and Orphan. Ishamel offers to show them how Batman has failed them.
This issue moves at a brisk pace and it’s definitely to the book’s benefit. I enjoyed seeing the team become proactive instead of taking blow after blow from Ra’s Al Ghul and his minions. It did seem like Black Lightning and Katana infiltrated Khadym way to easily and I’m glad Kaliber was used to confirm that the team still may be on their heels when it comes to battling the Demon’s Head. Also, is it just me, or does Bryan Hill seem to be planting the seeds for a potential romance between Black Lightning and Katana?
I appreciated the “bait and switch” that Hill pulls this issue with Sofia. It seems that Sofia was never really Ra’s Al Ghul’s target and was just a distraction to draw the attention of The Outsiders. The true target of the Demon’s Head seems to be the two younger members of The Outsiders. If the upcoming solicitations of future issues of this book are to be trusted, one member in particular who is recovering from a traumatic event will have the Demon’s claws dug into them.
The art for this book continues to be solid yet unremarkable. Khadym looks empty and lacking detail. Characters’ faces lack distinction. Soy does a pretty good job illustrating action scenes, especially Black Lightning’s display of power. Ra’s Al Ghul’s minions emerging from the ground was a pretty creepy looking display and Soy does an excellent job of pulling off the scene.