Monday, February 07, 2005

Outsiders 17 - 19

Almost the entire run of The Outsiders so far has been great in my book... up until the three issue run with the guest appearance by America's Most Wanted's John Walsh. What was the point of including him in this arc? There really wasn't a need for him in my opinion and it lead to some forced moments. On top of that the art took a definite step in the wrong direction.

Carlos D’Anda put together three issues of ugly, ugly art. It seems like every scene he was trying to make the heroes look as blocky and unattractive as possible. I flew through these issues partly because I didn't want to look at his art any more. To top off his terrible linework, there was excessive inking and the colors just seemed... off. There really wasn't anything to like about the interior art of this arc, but the covers of 18 and 19 were both very appealing.

The story didn't work at all. So there's a rash of missing kids and the Outsiders are going to do something about it. In order to help their search they enlist the help of John Walsh. Why? Because they think he has more connections than the Outsiders themselves. Come on! The Outsiders could easily call upon the help of the JLA or any number of other superheroes that would be able to hunt down and sniff out a child kidnapper better than some guy with a hit TV show.

As the search progresses, we get to see Grace be all overly emotional because she was one of the kids that this child kidnapper kidnapped back when she was young. I can understand why she'd have a vested interest in finding him, but her general hostility towards everyone seemed a little too much. When I think about it, it wasn't just her that felt "off," but the majority of the team felt that way.

I really enjoy this series and I would heartily recommend it to anyone looking for gritty, semi-realistic superhero action, but I'd recommend that you either go back and start at the beginning or wait until issue 20 hits to start reading because this arc will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.

Art: 1.5
Story: 2
Overall: 2

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