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.
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.