Outsiders: Crisis Intervention

Outsiders: Crisis Intervention
Outsiders Crisis Intervention review
  • North American Publisher / ISBN: DC - 978-1-4012-0973-5
  • Volume No.: 4
  • Release date: 2006
  • UPC: 9781401209735
  • Contains adult content?: no
  • Does this pass the Bechdel test?: yes
  • Positive minority portrayal?: yes
  • CATEGORIES: Superhero

Although this is considered volume four, it doesn’t follow directly from Wanted. Those wanting to know why Indigo and Nightwing are no longer team members are directed to the largely mundane Teen Titans/Outsiders: Insiders. Everything else that’s changed is conveyed in the opening pages other than the crossover also transferred Matthew Clark as artist.

He’s good. Sabbac hasn’t been seen since scuttling away with his demonic tail between his legs in Sum of All Evil, and Clark’s upgraded, even more monstrous version positively drips sulphur, and he positively revels in the Outsiders setting up against him.

Sabbac’s new power is a consequence of two events. One is allying himself with a bunch of powerful super villains calling themselves the Society, and the second is that magic has been thrown out of wack, enabling him to take control of the seven deadly sins. Beyond that there’s the return of someone previously believed dead, who comes with dire warnings of their own, and Judd Winick splits the Outsiders into those offering aid across the wider universe, and those remaining on Earth to track down the Society. It also involves a crossover with Firestorm, portions of which will make little sense to anyone who wasn’t reading his title in 2006.

Sadly much the same applies to the remaining content. It’s all part of the year long series of events crossing over all DC titles of the time, eventually feeding into Infinite Crisis. In practical terms it means that characters just appear for no good reason and fade away again, and sometimes you’ve no idea who they are other than by the company they keep. Jen Van Meter writes the concluding chapters and doesn’t seem very interested, but keeps up the pretence all the way to an enigmatic conclusion.

Will this ever be read a second time? Probably not. Winick’s back on board for the entirety of The Good Fight.