Batman and the Outsiders #5: Pages 23-24

The guys try to breach Psimon's forcefield for one panel... and succeed! Geo-Force is the first to be surprised at his own competence.I'm more surprised at how three guys will now speak as if with the same voice... Mike Barr's! Come to think of it, I'm also surprised that the fuse box closet is now one of the biggest rooms in the entire Empire State Building.
Hahaha... erector... Hrmm... Yes... Anyways... Time for Black Lightning to zap Psim... What? He's just gonna jump on him?
Good thing Robin is still in control and apparently knows more about Halo's powers than she does.
Psimon is put into stasis. The Office Workers snap out of it (man, I hope nobody got stabbed by Katana), and we make our way back to Titans Tower where Dr. Jace was left alone with Dr. Light. Uh-oh...
And that's how a bad writers get bad ideas 20+ years later. Dr. Light 1983 - Still only a streaker.

And now some creepy brother-sister stuff with your (not my) favorite Markovians.
"Hey let's do this again, except maybe over dinner." "I gotta wash my hair that night." Already giving GF the brush-off. Wouldn't you?
Terra, Terra, Terra... Even if you could kill the Titans (which you could have done at the beginning of the issue instead of, you know, ACTIVELY SAVING THEM), I doubt you'd then be able to kill all their friends as well. Or need to. If you don't want to see Geo-Force, you don't need an excuse. I sure don't.

But what about all that friction between Batman and Robin? Surely, that can't be resolved with an awkward hug!
Nope it's easier even than that. The old man batcaves. Ah well. You win Robin, walk away now.
Aw, Dick, no! You didn't need to pile on your own platitudes. You had him! YOU HAD HIM!

In the final analysis, this issue's better than most largely because of the Titans. I have no doubt that Barr had to work with Wolfman as to their characterization and it shows. Unless Barr really is saying that the kid heroes of the DCU are better than his team of misfits. Much better. That's not gonna help move copies, Barr. Except this one, which really panders to Titans fans.

But the Titans can't be around forever, and in a few weeks, I'll show you what happens when they're not around. As it gets warmer out there, come for the fresh Canadian air as the Cryonic Man cometh! (My much more clever 80s title to what was actually offered.)


Anonymous said...

I didn't knew Doctor Light was a contortionist? Or did the suit had an ejection button?

People usually thinks Light was at his lamest point at Titans, but that's becouse they don't know his Suicide Squad time. It was awesome.


Siskoid said...

His Suicide Squad membership is the only redeeming value of the character. He was even killed! (Good times...)

Austin Gorton said...

I doubt you'd then be able to kill all their friends as well. Or need to. If you don't want to see Geo-Force, you don't need an excuse. I sure don't.

Yeah, something tells me, left to his own devices, Geo-Force wouldn't need Terra's help to come to an untimely end.


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