Comic Review: Batman and the Outsiders #11 (DC Comics)

The Outsiders face off against Ra’s Al Gual’s new team of assassins in a standoff as The Outsiders hunt for Ra’s. But the Outsiders are not alone as Lady Shiva […]

The Outsiders face off against Ra’s Al Gual’s new team of assassins in a standoff as The Outsiders hunt for Ra’s.

But the Outsiders are not alone as Lady Shiva assists the team in the midst of battle, offering her talents to end the conflict. Meanwhile, Batman and Sofia have a discussion that will determine the direction of her life. What choice will Sofia make and where will her choices lead her? What does Lady Shiva have in mind for Cassandra and the rest of the Outsiders? What will become of Black Lightning and how will his choices affect the goal of the Outsiders?

Bryan Edward Hill continues to up the ante as the series progresses, providing character-driven plot lines that add more interest to each member of the Outsiders team. In regards to the story, it’s full of fantastic action and good setup for what is to come for this covert-ops team that does the dirty work for Batman. Black Lightning continues to be a well-written character under Hill, and the rest of the team are given the same treatment. It’s nice to see Katana, Cassandra Cain, and Duke shine in a series where they are actually given something to do that makes them more interesting characters. Whether it’s Black Lightning’s struggle with his morality and duty as a superhero, Katanna’s struggle of maintaining leadership, Duke and Cassandra’s mission to get revenge and what becomes of them, it makes for a compelling read.

Lady Shiva is a definite standout character for this issue, as her motives are still murky, yet her prowess in combat and her willingness to do what is necessary creates another layer of tension for the characters within this series. In regards to the art department, Dexter Soy’s artwork is fantastic, providing kinetic sequences that are full of action and drama. Veronica Gandini’s colors coupled with Clayton Cowles’s letters provides cinematic energy to the action-packed layouts drawn by Soy, making the book a delightful spectacle to read. This issue is packed with tons of action and promises potential for some of the characters involved, and given the Hill is still running a tight ship on this series, I look forward to what has in store for the members of the Outsiders. I definitely recommend picking this issue up for new comic book day.

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