Title: Batman & the Outsiders (2018-) #1
Words: Bryan Hill
Art: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Published: May 8,2019
Publisher’s Summary: When the quest for justice drives Batman into some morally ambiguous areas, he calls in the most moral man he knows: Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning, and his team of operatives known as the Outsiders! Several years ago Batman personally put the Barrera family into hiding after they suffered through terrible experiments at the hands of an organization called the Ark. Now all but one of them has turned up dead…and Batman needs to locate Sofia Barrera before the wrong people get their hands on her-and her surprising power! But it wouldn’t be Batman without a hidden agenda, would it? And when Black Lightning, Katana, the Signal and Orphan find out what Batman is really up to, their every loyalty will be called into question!
“Come with me if you want to live.”
Okay, so the above quote doesn’t appear anywhere in the issue, but once you read this book, and make it to the final page, you’ll understand why I started this review out with a well-known Terminator catchphrase. Skynet shenanigans aside, Batman has a secret agenda that needs tending to, and since he’s too busy doing other…Batman-things, he has called on the Outsiders to do his bidding.
Batman & the Outsiders (2018-) #1 accomplishes quite a bit considering that part of its purpose was to introduce readers to characters that they may already be familiar with, while simultaneously adding, and explaining, another level to the ever-expanding Batman/DC mythos. I’m not entirely sold on the Outsiders’ group dynamic, but I don’t see any reason not to pickup Issue #2, as Batman & the Outsiders shows great potential.
The creative team behind Batman & the Outsiders (2018-) #1 does a fine job in piquing interest and generating momentum for what has the potential to be an entertaining ‘Batman’ series.