Batman and the Outsiders #7
Written by Bryan Hill
Art by Cian Tormey
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: The Outsiders will learn that the reach of Ras Al Ghul is long.
Duke has been captured by Ishmael and told that Ras has given him something “extra” to unlock his power. At the same time, Orphan has ignored Batman’s orders to track and wait for backup and taken it upon herself to rescue her friend.
On the way back to Gotham, Sofia breaks free of her bonds and prepares to kill Katana while Black Lightning deals with a betrayal from within the team.
The Story: Hill is taking the characters down a dark road to doom in this issue. Giving Ras the opportunity to infiltrate Batman’s team is an interesting plot point and does a lot to move Jefferson in the direction of making the team his own eventually. The Outsiders continue to be unruly and undisciplined and there are moments in the story where one wonders what impact Jefferson is having on them at all. It’s an entertaining story that has some great action throughout and seems to be moving in a direction that will challenge the characters.
I wish the pace was faster. I still feel like we’re in the preamble of a story. Jefferson needs to step up and challenge Bruce as well as take control of the team he is supposed to be leading. Batman’s presence and influence is holding back both the characters and the story to an extent.
The Art: Tormey’s art is fantastic. The action throughout is amazing and the sequence between Orphan and Ishmael is executed perfectly.