Review: Batman And The Outsiders #8 Faces Trial By Fire

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Tyler Kirkham & Nei Ruffino

For months, the Outsiders have been facing Ra’s al Ghul and his League of Assassins. However, the odds were stacked against them when the Legion of Doom made their latest move simultaneously to the League, and Batman & The Outsiders #8 give them their biggest challenge so far.

Bryan Edward Hill, Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini, and Clayton Cowles help the League tear Gotham apart.

The League’s attack on Gotham has begun, using the Legion of Doom’s attack on the world to bring the city to its knees. However, the Outsiders are much more prepared than they expect. Can the team stop the League before they claim Gotham as their own?

This issue covers more ground than most do, but it does so in a way that advances the story first and foremost, both in the plot and character sense. Batman has a stronger role in this issue, and Hill’s depiction of the relationship between Jefferson and Bruce really strengthens the issue. He also shows how Katana and Lightning’s connection is so central to the series, both as heroes and as people.

Soy’s line art really excels at the action in this story. It has a great sense of scale, using splashes and wide shots to establish it. He also is able to show the human connection between characters. Gandini does a great job as keeping the colors vibrant while keeping it dark and moody. Together they create a great looking issue, with fantastic character beats and big action setpieces.

The Outsiders have had a wild first year, and I’m thrilled to see the next stage of this battle.

Batman & The Outsiders #8 are available now from DC Comics.

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