Review: Outsiders #8

“Hex”
Writers: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
Artist: Robert Carey 

Color Artist: Valentina Taddeo
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Review by James Attias

Outsiders #8 brings us a western, a ghost story, and a mystery. Yippee ki-yay, comic lovers! Let’s ride on in!

The Good, The Bat and The Ugly

Firstly, I’m really proud of that subheading… it’s the little things that keep this nerd going. Now back to this here rootin’ tootin’ book gosh darn it!

If there’s something strange, in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? That’s right… Batwoman and Jinny Hex! Quite the unconventional dynamic duo if I do say so myself.

The last time we saw the descendent of the scarred old cowboy anti-hero, she was hanging out with Young Justice in the almost instantly forgettable run by Brian Michael Bendis. Well, now she’s back and she’s bringing a curse, a gun, and a ghost with her.

I really enjoyed the triple genres in this issue, as they really kept what could have been a standard story fresh and interesting. Also, when I say triple genre I mean; Superhero, Western, and horror story; a delightful cocktail of chaos for a great read.

Face For Radio

The art in this issue was decent, and I enjoyed the brief interlude told from the perspective of an old Ghoul. The colors were very sepia-toned, giving the feel of an Old West “Wanted” poster with the occasional pop of spooky blue. This was a fun read for a fan who grew up watching westerns (and Scooby-Doo, because it’s awesome) with his dad.

The tale’s tone, story, and ties to stories, both past and future, made it quite special.

Conclusion

Outsiders #8 was a great little sci-fi western that should be a fun read for anyone. I’m excited about what comes next, both from this creative team and the eclectic collection of comic characters.

Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment


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