BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME OUTSIDERS #1

Review by: ComicBookGuy37

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Written by MIKE BARR
Art by JAVIER SALTARES
Cover by SHANE DAVIS

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Sigh.

Where to begin?

The third issue in DC’s phenomenally bad mini-series/one-shot mash-up focuses on the Outsiders, a group of characters that have rarely been interesting, normally managing to be either boring or just plain annoying. Not only this, but if this is considered to be part of a mini-series, then it really holds no place in the narrative at all. It’s a non-entity.

The Insider encounters the Outsiders and one of them works out who he is, because it’s obvious.

That is literally all the plot this issue contains, and then, at the end, it’s implied that the Insider knew there was no point going to visit the Outsiders. That, in itself, is infuriating.

Mike W. Barr has made an effort to try and make this one-shot accessible to readers who may not have read anything about the characters prior to this issue, and it does an okay job of conveying who they all are, but by that point you won’t care. They are absolutely boring characters, who really don’t need to be around anymore.

The artwork by Javier Saltares, meanwhile, is absolutely hideous. The character models on Vicki Vale and the Insider feel off, and many of the Outsiders seem to morph as the book progresses. There are even a handful of panels where the art seems to be in a completely different style. It is lazy, sloppy and far from enjoyable.

As a part of the mini-series/event/one-shot arc this issue falls short of delivering even on the lowest of levels. It’s just not a good comic book.

To Be Continued in “Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Batgirl #1”

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 1 - Poor

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