Monday, July 22, 2019

Batman & the Outsiders #3

Batman & the Outsiders #3 is all about tests and loyalty. After taking Sofia Ramos, Ra's al Ghul begins to condition the young woman and slowly bend her to his will. At the same time, rather than hunt for the girl, Batman puts the Outsiders through a test of his own whose true purpose is force Signal to face his guilt and stop running from it.

The lack of urgency on Batman's behalf to rescue Sofia is highly perplexing, as is the fact that none of the Outsiders question the Dark Knight Detective taking them off the case for a training exercise while the young woman they failed to save is being brainwashed by a delusional madman.

The fact that Batman's exercise helped begin to allow Signal to heal is a nice moment (as is the fact that its Cassandra who is the first to embrace him), but I'm not sure Batman's head is in the right place where Sofia's well being is concerned. One would think Sofia's life would be at least as important to Batman as the feelings of his fledgling team. Hit-and-Miss.

[DC, $3.99]

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