Batman & The Outsiders #3
Written by Bryan Hill
Art by Dexter Soy
Colors by Veronica Gandini
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: In order to get his new team ready for the threat of Ras Al Ghul, Batman must fix the Outsiders from the inside.
Sofia is in the custody of the Ras Al Ghul and she is being indoctrinated into his ideology. In order to gain her fealty, he presents her with the man who killed her father and she is given the choice to take vengeance on him Her decision will change her forever and that is what Ras is counting on.
At the same time, Batman decides that his team is not going to go after her right away. He recognizes that there is something holding back one of his teammates and he will engage in a brutal training exercise designed to find the pain at the heart of one of the members and empower him to work through it.
As both Batman and Ras Al Ghul enact their plans, Luthor appears to the Demon’s Head and makes him an offer.
The Story: Bryan Hill makes the wise decision to take a step back from a story perspective. One of the previous arcs left a member of the team with some emotional baggage that has become a hindrance for the team and Hill cleverly calls back to that arc in a way that both empowers the character, but also shows the reader that the bigger story is still character focused. There are some great character moments throughout, but I want to see Lightning step up more as a leader and challenge Batman on both his ideology and his methods.
The Art: Dexter Soy’s artwork is fantastic. There is a fluidity to the action and the character designs that give the panels a sense of motion. Every panel is full of rich detail and are beautiful to look at.