shawn87's The Outsiders: The Deep #1 - The Deep review

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Batman's Mission Continues

The Story: 

Batman is gone but his mission lives on. Alfred gets the Outsiders back together and recruits a couple new members. 

My Thoughts:

Peter J. Tomasi comes aboard the Outsiders series for this epic story arc taking place shortly after the "death" of Bruce Wayne. Batman may be gone but his mission lives on. That was sort of the theme for this story arc which found Alfred accepting Batman's request and carried out his plans by keeping the Outsiders together while recruiting a couple of new members. What I thought was interesting (and in character) was how each team member of the Outsiders was to represent a quality of Batman. Who else but Batman would do something like that?

Tomasi is a favorite writer of mine for many reasons. He knows how to write to a characters strength and bring out the best in them. He creates epic stories with a realistic approach to them. With that being said, I have to say I loved his portrayal of Alfred in this story. His dialogue and demeanor portrayed was awesome. You can clearly tell he's been around Batman for years. The opening issue was a great beginning to this new direction. A touching moment was felt as Batman left a message behind for Alfred. 

Having wrote Green Lantern Corps, Peter Tomasi is no stranger to writing superhero team books. His skills at such flourish here as he handles this team of unique and complex characters. The interaction between them was very engaging. The characterization was dead on, the plot was well conceived. As a reader what more can you ask for? Once you add Deathstroke, Ra's Al Ghul and Vandal Savage you know this is a winner.

The art for the first issue was by Adam Kubert and the rest of it was done by Lee Garbett with the exception of one issue. Kubert's work stood out because he captured the emotion of Tomasi's writing in the opening issue. Lee Garbett contributes great work that capture the mood and intensity of the story. I'd love to see more of his work in the future. 

The Outsiders is definitely an underrated series I'd recommend checking out. As far as team books go, this one is definitely worth buying. B-list characters never looked this good before. 

Rating: 5/5

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