Black Lightning and Katana have succeeded in their mission. However, Ra’s Al Ghul’s plan is so much more than just what they had to face. Concluding the first arc of the series, Batman & The Outsiders #6 shows exactly why you shouldn’t underestimate the Demon’s Head…
Bryan Hill, Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini, and Clayton Cowles bring the team’s first arc to a difficult end.
As Black Lightning and Batman make plans to meet back in Gotham, Orphan and the Signal find themselves face to face with Ishmael, the immortal enforcer of Ra’s.The duo hold their own as best their can, but he leaves them defeated with a message. Will the team survive what Ra’s al Ghul has to show its youngest members?
Hill tells an action packed story, but he roots it in its characters. Without the strong work he’d done with Duke Thomas already in this arc, this issue wouldn’t have worked. He also gives Cassandra Cain a well-deserved spotlight, both building her up, and setting up story beats directly linked to her for the next story arc of the series. It’s a conclusion that has an eye for stories to come.
Soy and Gandini have a great eye for action. Soy choreographs the fight extremely well, pulling the camera back to provide a sense of motion and impact, before pulling it back in for the character-based moments. His splash pages are used for the maximum story impact, not just to look cool, as some artists tend to. Gandini uses a mostly dark palette, with splashes of brightness used to draw the eye to the important parts of the page, or to help certain characters stand out.
This is one of the best books DC is publishing today, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Batman & The Outsiders #6 is available now from DC Comics.