“The Kids Are Not Alright” (Batman and The Outsiders #6 Comic Review)

Batman and The Outsiders #6 Comic Review

Writer: Bryan Hill

Artist: Dexter Soy

Colors: Veronica Gandini

Letterer: Clayton Cowels

Cover: Tyler Kirkham & Arif Prianto

Variant Cover: Mikel Janin

Lesser Gods Finale

“The Kids Are Not Alright”

What You Need To Know

Sofia may not have been Ra’s Al Ghul’s target after all, and the Outsiders may be playing right into the Demon’s Head’s hands. With Batman, Black Lightning, and Katana caught unaware, can The Signal and Orphan defend themselves against the League of Assassins? Or will Ra’s Al Ghul pervert Batman’s vision for the Outsiders?

What Just Happened

The issue begins with Jefferson Pierce informing Bruce Wayne that he and Katana have recovered Sofia. Bruce asks about Duke Thomas and Cassandra Cain while not being aware that Ishmael has paid them a visit. The Signal and Orphan attack Ishmael. Ishmael offers them both a gift from Ra’s Al Ghul.

The Signal and Orphan track Ishmael after he leaves them. At Wayne Manor, Alfred receives a warning from Ra’s Al Ghul that is directed towards Batman. The Signal and Orphan find Ishmael and he reveals that Batman had Karma locked away. Lady Shiva is also there to meet the young heroes. Orphan attacks Lady Shiva and is defeated easily. Meanwhile, Ishmael attacks The Signal. Lady Shiva later meets with Ra’ Al Ghul and they reveal their plan to turn Orphan and The Signal against Batman and then molding them in their image. Lady Shiva wakes up from her beating to realize that The Signal has been kidnapped and she becomes enraged.

My Thoughts

I like that Bryan Hill is planning to pull the rug out from under Batman and The Outsiders. All this time, their focus has been on saving Sofia, but they should have really been focused on members of their own team. It seems that Ra’s Al Ghul is dividing and conquering the team and they don’t even realize what is happening to them. I even get the feeling that Ra’s plans to use Sofia as a Trojan Horse. Hill seems to be depicting the Demon’s Head as trying to show that he is Batman’s superior by building his own legion of young warriors that will carry out his vision of the world. Ra’s plan does not seem to phase Duke as much as they expected, but Cassandra seeing a blast from her past throws her into a rage. Duke being a prisoner of Ra’s may lead to him being indoctrinated in the ways of the League of Assassins. I do wish that Black Lightning and Katana had more of a part to play in this issue. And is Batman going to ever get involved?

The art continues to be serviceable for this issue. I’m not overly impressed but it is not distracting. Dexter Soy is at his best illustrating fight scenes and that extends to this issue. Veronica Gandini’s colors compliment Soy’s art well and bring life to the bleak environments where Ra’s and his assassins dwell.

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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
The Outsiders thought they had victory in hand after rescuing Sofia, but this all seems to be a part of Ra’s Al Ghul’s plan. The youth on the Outsiders are the real target of the Demon’s Head and unfortunately they are currently isolated from the rest of the team. Will the young team members be able to fight off the influence of Ra’s Al Ghul, or will they have the same fate of Sofia?
Good
  • Twist to the existing narrative
  • Fast pace
Bad
  • Where are Black Lightning and Katana?
  • Will Batman be more than a bit player?
7.7
Good
Story - 8
Art - 7
Character Development - 8
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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