Batman and the Outsiders 13 - Pages 21-23
Batman is fighting for his life against Mayme and kinda losing due to this poison business, and Black Lightning has ordered the Outsiders to concentrate their firepower elsewhere because he's "holding his own". And then we see BL using hand-to-hand combat instead of his powers because it's more fun. But there's just so much fun you can squeeze out of beating on the same gasmasked guy, copy/pasted into a whole gang, and BL eventually breaks out the lightning.
1. Black Lightning also breaks out the dancing metaphors (where's Vibe when you need him on a B-team?).
2. Halo shows you don't actually have to BEAT the bad guys, you can just as easily immobilize them.
3. Katana didn't get THAT memo, apparently, but I'm most disturbed by her dialog. Not for the first time, Mike Barr gives his characters lines that make me question my handle on syntax. Halo asks "How's it going?" and the answer is "As always." How awkward. Is she saying her fights always end in blood, because it's mostly been sword slaps until recently. Or is she saying her mood hasn't changed since she had to kill her husband? Oh who knows?
Time for the Outsiders' equivalent of Commissioner Gordon to show up and put a stop to this issue (that's right, Gordon can't be bothered to show up when the Outsiders are concerned).
The last two pages is one of those cool spreads I talked about in an earlier post. Here it is, questions about Wayne Manor's geography at no extra cost.
"The beginning"? Oh Lord. And an ANNUAL next? My brain is sure to melt It's gonna be a rough Christmas.