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Outsiders (2003 Series) #10

March 20, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: A Family Matter (Devil’s Work Part Three)

Captain Marvel Jr. throws down with Sabbac, with the Outsiders for backup.

Writer: Judd Winick
Pencils: Tom Raney
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Gina Going
Letters: Comicraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Tom Raney
Publisher: DC Comics

Last issue the Outsiders and Black Lightning faced off with the all-new, all deadlier Sabbac. At the last second, Captain Marvel Jr. showed up to help take down the villain who killed his old foe.

This issue, although it still says Outsiders on the cover, is mostly Marvel’s show. He faces Sabbac almost solo as the Outsiders mix it up with an army of lesser demons and the father-daughter duo of Black Lightning and Thunder learn some very important things about each other. People who like the Shazam! family less than I do will find these scenes the best parts of the issue, as those are the only segments that really develop the stars of this book at all. I like any screentime Captain Marvel Jr. gets, but to be fair, this isn’t his title and he really hogs this conclusion of the “Devil’s Work” story arc.

Tom Raney steps up where Judd Winick stumbles here. The artwork in this issue is just plain beautiful. Raney has a rare talent to draw a lot of costumed types in a jam issue without anyone really overshadowing the others and making every character really good. The art team also does some nice work with Black Lightning, giving his electrical powers what must be a computerized effect that makes his lightning bolts almost three-dimensional. You can really picture the arcs of lightning leaping from his hands to shock the heck out of Sabbac’s demons.

While I’m still not of fan of the behavior Black Lightning has distributed since Winick started writing this title and Green Arrow, in this issue he is at least consistent with the current version of the character and gets some nice development, including a scene at the end that took me by surprise. Every so often in a book that’s part of a shared universe, you get a little reminder that events aren’t taking place in a vacuum – this is one of those instances.

This is a solid superhero title, but not a great one. Not yet, anyway. Still, it’s built an audience and that audience won’t be disappointed in this issue.

Rating: 7/10

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