UNIVERSE-SHAKING SECRETS UNCOVERED!
Luke Fox assembled the Outsiders to brave the unknown. To discover the forgotten, to bring the hidden to light, and to use the truth underneath them all to find a better way forward.
Little does he know the Drummer has a plan of her own—and she’s one step closer to bringing it to fruition!
Something happened at the turn of the millennium that shook the universe, and in this pivotal chapter, the Outsiders head into the strange shadows of London’s underground to discover just what—or who—is at the center of this new crisis!
ComicBook.comThis is not only the best issue of the Outsiders relaunch so far, it might be one of my favorite modern single-issue tales that I've read in recent memory. The team's latest excursion sends them to London to investigate a threat that not only has comic roots, but is a mesmerizing take on the all-too-familiar feeling of anxiety. To say any more would be to spoil the great work that Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Robert Carey, and co. do across this issue, carving out Outsiders' place as a must-read for fans of the team — and of the Wildstorm mythos.
But Why Tho?Outsiders #4 tells another brand-new story. Every single chapter of this series introduces a whole new adventure and investigation. The latest issue may be the closest to a superhero comic so far, and veering near that is the whole premise of the plot. It explores how else situations can be handled without having a fistfight or supervillains. There are entirely different parameters for each issue that conclude with a satisfying ending whilst leaving the door open for them to return. It’s a book about curiosity, not criminality.
Geek DadThis is definitely the most Wildstorm-influenced issue of the series, with the setting feeling like it could be right out of a Grant Morrison book. But as big as the concepts are, they never feel depersonalized. Jenny is a compelling character, and her personal anxieties and ultimate moniker will feel all too relatable to readers of her generation. She’s also far too powerful to fight, so it comes down to a member of the Outsiders who has a lighter touch and is able to meet her on her level. This is the kind of book that really hints at the full potential of the DCU when it’s exploring some of the biggest and boldest concepts it has available. It also takes the big risk of not being afraid to show its team members as out of their depths—honestly, Batwoman and Batwing don’t have too much to do this issue. It ends in a nicely ambiguous way that could hint at more—or just give us a fantastic done-in-one.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: I continue to be fascinated by the world of this series and this issue does a fantastic job of touching on the bigger elements of the DC universe in new and interesting ways. The story is thrilling and has a fantastic way of introducing the character and the stakes for both the characters and the world itself. I like that Drummer is featured prominently in the story and that she adds some great elements to the plot that make me want to see what else happens with this team. The Art: Carey delivers some fantastic art in the issue. The visuals have a wonderful style that drew me in to both the story and characters.
AIPTOutsiders #4 not only continues to reintroduce elements of the Wildstorm Universe, but it also injects plenty of humanity into a superhuman origin. More and more this book continues to set itself apart from other superhero fare – a rare feat, but one this creative team seems confident in accomplishing.
Dark Knight NewsOutsiders #4 was an entertaining read and finally feels like it’s building the title towards something. I’m looking forward to seeing exactly what…
Get Your Comic OnOutsiders is truly becoming a standout series for DC. An excellent example of creative team synergy with the final result being a unique, compelling experience for the reader.
Batman-NewsOverall, Wildstorm seems to be making a big comeback. Whether Drummer’s suspicious behavior is leading to a betrayal is unclear, but the Outsiders are oblivious to what they know. Furthermore, Jenny Crisis will garner mixed reactions from readers. Her story is fairly intriguing, even if she won’t ultimately join the series. Despite being one of the strongest issues so far, Outsiders’ monster of the week format isn’t doing the series any favors right now. In fact, I think the book could benefit from a bit more connectivity opposed to the feeling of randomness. Or at least do more exploration and discovery.
Comic WatchThe Outsiders needs to pick up interesting storylines instead of utilizing a problem or villain of the week approach. Until then, the series falls flat.
Weird Science DC ComicsThe Outsiders #4 sets up a potentially powerful new ally (or enemy) for the team. That said, Jenny Crisis's powers may be too much to be practical, and the Outsiders are given nothing to do in this issue. In short, this issue is a mixed bag.