From Comicbook.com: Batman and the Outsiders is a title that frequently suffers from imbalance, never quite striking an even footing between exposition and action. This week's Batman and the Outsiders #12 suffers from this flaw. The issue spends the first roughly two-thirds on "heartfelt" chats between various pairings of characters—Black Lightning and Batman, Shiva and Orphan, Black Lightning and Katana—as they join forces to go after Ra's. It's not that it's bad or problematic that the book puts so much weight on this aspect of the story; these relationships are interesting and inform the future of the team. The problem is is that these are conversations that happen in nearly every issue of the series, almost exactly as they do here, and thus far has done nothing to advance the idea of the Outsiders as an actual team. That said, the issue does set up for what promises to be an exciting arc as Ra's makes his big move so at least there's some promise and Ra's plan is especially diabolical.