Batman and the Outsiders #2

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Dexter Soy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 12, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 21
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Sofia Barrera is on the run from an enforcer for the Ark, the program that gave her powers-but in the process, she's fallen into the hands of the mystery man called Kaliber! He claims he wants to protect her...but who's paying his bill? And is Katana already questioning Black Lightning's leadership on their very first mission? Or is she just pushing him in a direction he's not willing to go?

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 12, 2019

    Dexter Soys art is beautifully intense. Its dark and richly detailed. The tone of the art is the perfect balance to the tone of Hills storytelling and the action scenes are amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jun 12, 2019

    Despite a cover snafu,Batman and the Outsiders #2is an action-packed issue that manages to raise the stakes and plays to the strengths of its creative team. I cannot wait to see what Hill, Soy, and Gandini bring to the third issue as it will feature a prominent Batman villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 12, 2019

    Bryan Hill and Dexter Soy have a winner on their hands.  It's a big book full of action, mystery, and humor and while Batman is in the title, it's Black Lightning and his team that is the focus.  Don't listen to what anyone says, this is a great start to a new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jun 12, 2019

    Batman and the Outsiders (2018-) #2 is an excellent issue that's filled with interesting characters and conflict. Still gaining momentum, Batman and the Outsiders is becoming a must-read series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 12, 2019

    The comic feels like the entire team is just having fun and has cracked the code of adding metahumans to the Batman universe. The first issue was good. The second issue is fantastic. This is a series that should be on your radar and your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 12, 2019

    The Outsiders as a unit are still finding their rhythm, but the expert pacing and phenomenal artwork lead me to believe that once this series gets momentum it's going to be a true tour de force. Until then, it's a very solid read all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    On Comics Ground - Marcus Freeman Jun 13, 2019

    While The Outsiders have been dispatched to find and rescue Sofia, Sofia and Kaliber have to survive on their own with Ishmael hot on their heels. Sofia is still processing the trauma she's endured in her life and now has to look over her shoulder because Ra's Al Ghul has plans for her. Sofia may need to channel the strength within her if she is to survive this ordeal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Jun 12, 2019

    The same clich story elements that created pitfalls in the debut issue still exist here, but the action is hard and fast and fun to read while being even better to look at thanks to Dexter Soy's engaging art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 17, 2019

    VerdictBatman and the Outsiders is an intriguing concept – a Batman book where Batman doesn't actually take part in the action (not yet, anyway). While, I am somewhat reserving judgment on the title for now, I think Bryan Hill has made a good start on this reinterpretation of a classic DC super team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jun 19, 2019

    Although not nearly as strong as the previous issue, this chapter grants reader much more insight in what is still her to come for this returned title and adds a bit of excitement on how this group of heroes will deal with this impending doom. Hill and Soy continue to work excellently together and hit home another outstanding issue with these niche characters and Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 18, 2019

    Im curiousto see how Hill develops the individual Outsiders. He will likely have afully-formed template for his Batman to follow, but the other members of the teamare a bit more free-form, and open to broader interpretation. This could be anopportunity for them to grow into higher-profile characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Legion - Rob Reads Comics Jun 12, 2019

    This issue is filled with action and a gripping plot that keeps you locked and loaded. You will be ready to jump up and fight the bad guys. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jun 12, 2019

    There are action titles, comics which are fun and books which are dark and full of psychological drama. Batman And The Outsiders #2 is one of those rare issues that manages to deliver all of the above, and then some. Super-heroics, dastardly villains, action, fear and pathos; this comic has it all. Oh… and another horrible cliffhanger. This is pure, unadulterated comics entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Jun 13, 2019

    A spectacular issue with beautiful art that delivers action in the best way the comics medium can offer. This is definitely one to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 13, 2019

    Armed with drive and sterling characterization Batman the Outsiders #2 deftly avoids the sophomore slump. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jun 17, 2019

    With quieter moments and combat both, "Batman and the Outsiders" #2 continues to show why Hill, Soy, and Gandini are perfect for this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jun 15, 2019

    Despite having an interesting new character, Batman and the Outsiders #2 feels like it's stepping away from its title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 18, 2019

    The issue is also notable for Black Lightning making a verb out of Bruce Wayne as the two discuss the difference between what Batman and the Outsiders should stand for. The question now, is just what does Ra's al Ghul do now that he has the girl. And, now that Sofia is in his nemesis' possesion, is that enough to get Batman back in the field or does he continue to rely on the Outsiders? Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Watch - Kenneth Bowden Jul 1, 2019

    It's hard not to be disappointed with what we've got so far considering the long history of criminally underrated Outsiders books that exist. At this point I just pop open an issue of the Judd Winick or Alan Davis runs after each reading of this one to remind myself why I was excited for it to begin with. Not the worst comic I've ever read but considering the Outsiders' legacy left to it and the amazing work by Tynion and Hill up to this point.....well this just ain't up to snuff. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jun 12, 2019

    Batman & the Outsiders #2 is a mixed bag. While the issue is action-packed and high-energy, it fails to provide a narrative that feels worthy of sinking your teeth into. Neither Bryan Hill nor Dexter Soy get a chance to allow their work to breathe, and that results in an issue that feels somewhat generic and formulaic. I personally expected this considering the title's delays and interference, but I'm remaining optimistic that Hill has a quality plan in the near future Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 12, 2019

    I really wanted to like Batman and the Outsiders, given that it features several of my favorite characters and is written by one of my favorite recent DC writers, Bryan Hill. The first issue was highly promising, spotlighting a unique team dynamic and giving multiple characters intriguing subplots. The problem is " this isn't that comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Jun 12, 2019

    The best I can say for Batman and the Outsiders is that it's not egregiously bad. But if a series makes you question its very existence"it's aggressively mediocre. Are you tired of all the generic Big Two comics these days? Then don't buy this and send a message. That's the only silver lining I can find around this. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...