Outsiders #21 Review


Reviewer: Tim Sheridan
Story Title: Silent Partner

Written by: Judd Winick
Art by: Carlos D’Anda
Colored by: Guy Major
Lettered by: Nick J Napolitano
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics

Every time I think I may have wanted to drop this book from my reading list, it’s always come back strong for some reason or another. Every time I want to give it up, I get an amazing issue. That has happened a few times. But over the last 21 months something happened. I started to really get attached to these characters.

It was a slow build, which is something I really appreciated. Because everything that the book has been building to is in this issue.
From day one we were led to believe that the company that funded the Outsiders was a bit suspect. Now we learn that it is a subsidiary of Wayne Industries. That does not make Nightwing very happy at all. Another thing that ticks him off is that Arsenal tells him that Batman is the team’s secret informant.

This newfound information makes Nightwing head off to confront Batman, and while I’m not going to give much away from that verbal tussle, it was a good one. I am always a fan of that Batman/Nightwing conflict, so it was great to see that.

But then Bruce denies that he is the group’s informant. And we find out it is…Deathstroke. At first, I thought it was a huge shock, but hey, DC is trying to make him into a big villian, so I think it really works.
I’m hooked on Outsiders for a while now, and this is just another great issue cementing that.