Batman and the Outsiders #9 - Pages 19-22
And we're back! Hope the Christmas hiatus was good for you, and it certain helped your humble blogger not to have to look at Outsiders panels for the duration. But that Halo story has to end somehow, and we're almost getting to it. To recap: Halo has joined the marching band, and on the eve of a big marching band competition, a rival school has kidnapped Greg, the star of the show. She haloes in pursuit.No, the big time crime you've been trained for, is actually pretty medium (I'm being generous to Cryonic Man, Meltdown, Agent Orange and the rest) and yet, the Outsiders have consistently had trouble with these C-listers. So high school pranksters... maybe you've got a shot. Halo IS starting to think like a Gotham City superhero though. You know how Batman hates guns? For Halo...
What in her back story makes her hate cheaters? What back story? Halo remains such an unknown that it would be a miracle if these guys even knew who she were.
Glow-Girl, that's right. Hey, I'm impressed they've even heard of the Batman's side-band. "No-names" is right, Cliff. As for Halo, she does the right thing. She asks: What would Batman do?
And then she does something else. "Sugar in the gas tank" is one of her auras, thankfully.
And now for the best page of the entire comic, BAR NONE (that's a pun by the way). It's a Sgt. Rock/Ed McMahon story called The Toughest Ticket, by Joe Kubert.
Kubert didn't phone in ANYTHING, not even ads or PSAs. And now, back to Halo 2, already in progress.
So they would be evenly matched with Halo, these kids aren't very smart. A superhero they call Glow-Girl is after them, and their reaction is to hide in the dark. Dudes. Think about that for a second.
Fun test: Did you read those panels in the right order the first time? If not, artist Bill Williamson fails the test! Speaking of test, can Halo pass Batman's secret identity test?
As usual, the answer is "Oops." She also fails the "don't let anyone get hurt" test, by putting a holographic Greg across an unsafe bridge.
Was that even necessary Halo? Of course, her nemeses have to be about as smart as she is:
Well, ok, you're Halo and have 8 aura powers to choose from. What do you do in this situation? If you said you'd use your tractor beam aura to grab the kids out of the air, you're almost right.
You grab a BLANKY out of their car and catch them with it! Nothing could have gone wrong with THAT plan. (Well, actually, plenty. No blanket in the car, blanket doesn't get there in time, kids miss blanket, kids rip through blanket, kids get hurt by falling one on top of the other, power fails because of kids+blanket weight...). And that only takes care of two kidnappers, the third one has to grab her legs.
And I bet she's not gonna clean up the bridge debris either. That's a train track down there. Guess what tomorrow's headline in the Gotham Gazette might be. Anyway, time for punishment:
Tomorrow: Punishment and what you've really been waiting for - who wins the big marching band competition?