Batman and The Outsiders #10 Comic Review
Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Tyler Kirkham & Arif Prianto
Variant Cover: Michael Golden
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What You Need To Know
Ra’s Al Ghul’s plan to divide and conquer the Outsiders is working. Orphan and The Signal are aimless and feel their futures may be outside of the team. Black Lightning has disappeared with Lady Shiva to get his revenge and Katana is focused on tracking him down. Can Batman rally the troops before Ra’s Al Ghul can corrupt them forever?
What Just Happened
This issue begins with Sofia, who is angry and takes out her frustration by doing some property damage in Gotham City. Batman tries to calm her down by offering her a way out of the superheroics she was thrown into to have a fresh start. The Outsiders decide to look for the missing Black Lightning and believe that Ra’s Al Ghul is behind his disappearance. Later, Bruce Wayne meets with a reporter named Elfa who gives him information regarding black market dealings between Kaliber and a woman named Martina Dementieva. Elfa explains that Dementieva sold alien technology to Kaliber and was building some kind of doomsday weapon.
Lady Shiva has taken Jefferson Pierce to Cambodia. Lady Shiva feels she can use Jefferson to get to her daughter Cassandra. Lady Shiva claims she is not working for Ra’s Al Ghul and just wants what is best for her daughter. Lady Shiva reveals that they are in Cambodia to interrogate Dementieva and keep her from being killed by Ra’s Al Ghul’s minions. Dementieva tries to escape and Black Lighting fries her getaway car before she can escape. Shiva and Jefferson corner Dementieva and demand to know what Ra’s Al Ghul took from her. Before Dementieva can tell them what Ra’s is planning, Kaliber shoots her dead. Accompanying Kaliber are Ishmael and Karma. Kaliber orders them to attack and the rest of the Outsiders arrive to even the odds.
This book is really wearing on me. This issue was really a chore to read and find anything interesting to really pull from it. It seems like Bryan Hill is building to something, but the journey to get there is taking way too long. We don’t get much character development in this issue outside of Sofia considering a fresh start offered by Batman and an intriguing partnership between Lady Shiva and Black Lightning. The other Outsiders are seen and not really heard in this issue. The narrative also gets overly convoluted with the introduction of a Markovian arms dealer dealing in alien weaponry. The end of the issue teases a full-on battle royal between the Outsiders and Ra’s Al Ghul’s minions that could be interesting, but I’m not sure if it’s enough to keep readers’ interest in this book.
The art is also not terrible, but nothing that is going to wow anyone. Bruce Wayne looks completely different from how he was depicted in previous issues and it just really bothered me. It is also still hard to tell Sofia, Orphan, Katana, and Lady Shiva apart. Gandini’s colors help bring Soy’s art to life, but her colors can only do so much. This book is just trending downwards in multiple phases.