Batman and the Outsiders #3: Pages 22-23

Today, the shocking climax of "Bitter Orange". But first, Geo-Force lighting a fart:
Brion... Gaby... Is it me or does this sound like Legion of Super-Heroes? Or a date that's gone too far?
My vote for worst panel this issue. Nothing worse than getting a hug you could fit a whole other person into. Then again, who wants to see Geo-Force get a little too excited in those jammies? And for a 16-year-old corpse at that. Yipeeee!
But what's this? One little smoke bomb and Batman is DONE FOR!
Yeah, I knew it all the time. Is that Metamorpho's running commentary? "Yeah, I knew he was fine, that's why I didn't fly over to help. He's Batman. He would never be allowed to die, or get his back broken or anything like that."
And so the issue wraps up... Hold on, what's this?
You'd think Batman would know how it feels to have someone grope at his mask. Pretty sure Agent Orange doesn't have a butler at home who can sub for him at a moment's notice either.

Agent Orange is in reality...
Deadshot? That would explain the unerring pointing.

But no wait, he's a bit thinner than Lawton, but no less pretty as his bunkmates attest. Still, it's further evidence of Batman's x-ray vision. Or his dramatic irony-meter.
Hear that Outsiders, this is WAR!! Even though you're not ready for it. And it'll be a long one. If you thought the War on Drugs or the War on Terror was hard to win, wait til you get a load of the War on Injustice. And Littering, Batman can't stand litterbugs.

And now for Agent Orange's Who's Who entry...
Oh, scuse me, let me get that... Oh hi Mark (it's Mark Waid*, co-editor of Who's Who, I'll just be a second) I was just gonna show the folks Agent Orange's WW entry, you know, just to be the completist... What? You don't say... Really... Well, why not?... And Meltdown? No? What about the Cryonic Man, he was my favorite... No? Well, the Nuclear Family made it in... Yes, I realize they're nuclear... Ok, well, talk to you later.

Ok, well, turns out Agent Orange didn't get a Who's Who entry. And Mark tells me he was never seen again. Like most of the Outsiders' rogue gallery, apparently. So yeah. Well. Uhm... Might I offer any of a number of excellent comics-related blogs from my side-bar?

*Or an amazing simulacrum.


Anonymous said...

WHAT!!! No more Agent Orange... but it was so clever. He's like that poison stuff... and he's a bad guy.

There must have been a writer's strike or something that stopped this brilliance from going on forever!



Siskoid said...

Ah, if ONLY Make Barr could have gone on strike, maybe this title would have had a chance.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't actually aware that lung cancer or diabetes was supposed to affect your looks.

Oh, and it wasn't just the Nuclear Family. I'm pretty sure Mark OK'd the Duke of Oil, too, though my Who's Who run is buried at the moment. Clearly, DC only wanted to record those characters who resonated with...something. Puns, maybe?

Appreciative shouts go to Metamorpho, meanwhile, for driving his fellow Outsiders to a panic over Batman's fate, only to reveal that he knew it would turn out fine all along. Jerk.

Siskoid said...

The Duke of Oil was in one of the Updates, and looking at those issues, there's a lot more padding where THAT came from.

Metamorpho, as the second oldest on the team, sees it as his duty to screw with the rookies.

Austin Gorton said...

The Secret Origin of Agent Orange:
He says he's ugly, but he's really-not!

That's...something. Stunning? Tragic? No, unexpected, I guess, but then again, expectations aren't exactly high after Baron Bedlam...

Porridge Face said...

Well, there wasn't one at the time of this post, but there's a Agent Orange now, although he's less of a masked veteran lying gas-mask type, and more of the scaly reptilian alien green lantern villain type.


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