Batman & The Outsiders #5 Springs A Trap

by Tony Thornley

Batman & The Outsiders have had a rough first few months as a team, to put it lightly. However, they still have a chance to stop Ra’s al Ghul…But will they?

Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto

Bryan Hill, Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini, and Clayton Cowles spring a trap in this issue, but on whom?

Black Lightning, Katana, and Kaliber have travelled Khadym, the Demon’s Head’s base of operations. However, they may have been made immediately and have limited time to rescue Sofia. As much as they have the element of surprise, Ra’s may be several steps ahead of them.

Hill continues to show he has a great grasp on what this story could be, and makes sure it’s living up to its potential. After two issues that primarily acted as character- based set-up, this issue goes all-in on action. It’s exciting and results in a great twist that flips the story on its ear.

Soy’s linework continues to be strong, however it has some faults. One of the biggest problems I had was that he doesn’t do much to set the characters apart- the leads are two black men, and two Asian women. Outside of costume, it always takes a few moments to figure out whether the figure is Katana or Orphan, Black Lightning or the Signal.

However, his sense of choreography in the action scenes are stellar. Once Black Lightning and Katana are in costume and in the middle of the League of Assassins, the story really kicks in. He lays out the pages to keep the action moving, and has great sight lines within the figure work to lead the eye through them. Gandini uses Earth tones for all but the heroes, helping them stand out and jump off the page as the clear focus.

The Outsiders and Ra’s al Ghul have both sprung their traps. Now we just need to sit back to watch what unfolds from here.

Batman & The Outsiders #5 is available now from DC Comics.

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