Title: Batman and the Outsiders (2019-) #4
Words: Bryan Hill
Art: Dexter Soy
Published: August 14, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: At last—the Outsiders take off on their mission to rescue Sofia from none other than Ra’s al Ghul! But Ra’s has other ideas for the quartet, and with the aid of Lex Luthor’s mysterious gift, they are playing right into his hand.
“It’s a simple thing, conscience. Easily shattered by purpose. Conscience is a vanity. Purpose makes us humble. Purpose reminds us that our emotions mean nothing.”
Ra’s al Ghul can be quite convincing, so it’s no surprise that Batman is eager to snatch Sofia out of the Demon’s clutches before he can brainwash her. But, is it already too late?
Of course it’s already too late, it’s always already too late. Regardless, Batman and the Outsiders continues to thrill. Here, in the fourth part of its first arc, the series continues to evolve as Bryan Hill further defines characters and conflict. There is a great deal of dialogue throughout this issue, but it is used effectively; Batman and the Outsiders (2019-) #4 never feels dense or weighty.
Scene after scene, artist Dexter Soy continues to produce illustrations that stun. Whether characters or set in combat or conversation, Soy manages to capture, and portray, emotional context. Soy’s illustrations do more than complement Hill’s script, they add to it.
Four issues in, and Batman and the Outsiders continues to exceed expectations and deliver on promises made. This fourth issue makes it apparent that the war for Sofia’s soul has just begun and that epic battles are on the horizon.