Outsiders: The Hunt

http://comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/403/202921_20100611144741_large.jpg Referring to my Shelfari rating, I'd have given Outsiders: The Hunt four stars, but the Man-Bat involvement, the attitude of his character about going after the Outsiders because he though they were after him seemed way too childish even for a man(-bat) who enjoyed the feeling of rebelling from his wife and family, and thus childishly written.

The Blackest Night portion of the story was boring. I feel no connection with Terra, Geo-Force, or much of the plot lines and characterization developed by Wolfman in the '80s. No, I still haven't read his original run on the Titans, but I know I thought his Nightwing issues from 2008 or so were terribly boring. And, anyone who read Blackest Night: Teen Titans has already seen her and wished he dead again and again anyhow, because she's such a bitch, even if it's not really her.

What I did enjoy well were the first three issues collected here. Outsiders 21-23 (2009). I believe the title has been Batman and the Outsiders just months before, but Batman died and now it's just the Outsiders again, even though by this point Batman has been "Reborn" as the covers proclaim.

The Mr. Freeze focused issue, 21, was enjoyable if not somewhat derivative of one of the New Batman and Robin Adventures episode in which Freeze needs to kidnap doctors to somehow preserve himself, though Freeze's predicament in this issue is related to some Black Mask scheme that I had no idea about since my comics reading has been to spotty what with me being poor and relying on swapping sites like Bookmooch and Paperbackswap and of course, the wonderful library system in Dauphin County.

Issue 22 focuses on Clayface who, like Freeze, has some bomb implanted in his body, but can't figure out where it is or how to remove it, but, like Freeze and Killer Croc, desperately wants to so he'll be free from Black Mask's control. Clayface starts absorbing a type of clay known for its absorbing properties and also collects mineworkers to search his body for the bomb.

The 23rd issue focuses on Killer Croc, who's been chewing off his limbs in an attempt to remove his bomb, unsure of where it's located. Apparently Croc can regenerate (news to me). Here is where the collection starts to lose my interest as Man-Bat shows up thinking the Outsiders are hunting him and calls for the local bat species to attack our Heroes, Katana, Halo, and the Creeper. They collect Croc in the end, leading into the Blackest Night tie-in in which we see Halo as an important part of the larger story arc because of her light generation powers.

What makes this an even better read is using the voices from the various animated series and original movies. It's hard to go wrong with hearing Michael Ansara's Mr. Freeze, Ron Perlman's Clayface, and James Woods' cold and calculating Owlman.

My suggestion, if you don't care for the history of the team from what I guess are the Mike W. Barr days and whatever happened in Wolfman's Titans related books, just get the first three issues of this five-issue trade if you can find them cheap.

Thanks to the Comic Book Database for providing the cover scan.