Review: Batman And The Outsiders #9 Prepares For War On The Demon’s Head

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto

For the last nine months, Batman & The Outsiders have fought one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes. However, that battle has come to a head, and it’s about to explode into a full-blown war…

Bryan Edward Hill, Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini, and Clayton Cowles charge ahead against Ra’s al Ghul.

Ra’s has lashed out at Jefferson Pierce, killing one of his closest friends. Batman promises to help as long as they hold the Outsiders together. However, a new player enters the fray, one that could destroy them all…

Hill takes a slower issue to build up the mystery of Ra’s and Lady Shiva. After Shiva showed up last issue, it seemed she might just be largely a throwaway, or a stooge. Hill shows that he understands her potential and how much more she can be than that. Add some great character work, and it’s a great read, despite the slower pace.

Soy’s work in this issue is looser. He uses a bit less detail than he has in past issues, but it makes for a stronger impact with the script’s more emotional moments. He also draws a great Superman late in the issue, using some unique layouts and point of view shots to convey the awe of the Man of Steel’s arrival. Gandini continues to use her dark colors to set the tone, but when Clark arrives on the scene, she emphasizes his bright costume to draw the eye to him.

Things are getting harder for the Outsiders, but things might be changing for the better. It’s making for a fun read though.

Batman & The Outsiders #9 is available now from DC Comics.

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