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Outsiders #35

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2006
By: Michael Bailey



"The Good Fight Part Two: Meet the New Boos"

Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Matthew Clark (p), Art Thibert (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


Plot: Faced with the setback Thunder's actions caused, the Outsiders have to rethink their strategy and come up with another plan. After torturing a prisoner, the group infiltrates the enemy's stronghold where they are confronted by a new and powerful enemy.

Commentary: DC really needs this book.

I'm serious. If DC is going to have a diverse cast of characters in the Post Infinite Crisis universe then it is essential that the heroes range from truth, justice and the American way to whatever it takes to get the job done. It's a tricky bit of business and having Nightwing on the team is definitely a risk, but the concept and the writing on this book are so solid that it works.

Using the high concept approach to reviewing, I would assert this is the comic book equivalent of The Shield from FX.

What makes this direction work so well is that Winick is having the characters acknowledge their actions and discuss them instead of having them go over the line without a decent explanation. I'm still confused at why Nightwing is involved, and I will admit to a true fannish moment where the thought crossed my mind that it could be Jason Todd posing as Nightwing like he's doing over in Nightwing's own book, but the fact that Matthew Clark is drawing the character with longish hair leads me to believe that it is Dick Grayson under the mask, which is interesting. How is he using these methods when it flies in the face of what Batman has taught him? How can Nightwing lead this team and keep it from Batman when he spent the last year bonding with Bruce and Tim? I'm sure there's an explanation coming.

Though now that I think about it, wouldn't it be funny if it turns out that Roy Harper is pretending to be Nightwing?

The torture scene drove home the point that this team will play dirty if it has to. Winick also explored how the team reacts to the situations. Katana's comment that Thunder was alone in her feelings today though tomorrow may be different highlighted that these people may not always agree on the methods, but the ends justify the means. My favorite line, though, had to be Dick telling Thunder that a seven foot psychotic woman in a leather mask is scarier than he is.

Awesome.

Winick also excelled in showing the team break into the installation where President Benin is hiding his weapons of mass destruction. This is one of the areas where Winick seems to have the most fun and his dialogue may be a little over-the-top at times, but lately it has been a lot of fun. I continue to like the fact that Captain Boomerang is on the team. It may seem like a stunt, but I trust in Winick enough to know that he's in the group for a reason.

In The End: A speedster adversary for the Outsiders? Interesting. I really dug the way Matthew Clark staged the panels for the speedster's introduction. Actually I really dig Matthew Clark's artwork, but that's beside the point. Winick is doing some interesting things with this book and it really stands out from some of the other comics the company is putting out. He's riding a fine line, but it never becomes grim and gritty.

Also the title of this story is a reference to one of my favorite Who songs ever. That made my day right there.



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