September 15, 2006

The Outsiders #13 [1986]

Ditko did the pencils for 7-page backup in this issue featuring team member Black Lightning, written by Mike Barr and inked by Jerry Ordway.

"...Ten Minutes" is the story about how Jefferson Pierce ends up confronting three fairly inept but well armed young robbers at an all-night convenience store, and you can guess from the title how long it took him to handle them.

Fairly straightforward story, I think building on a few character points that were being made in the main story, based on the scattering of other OUTSIDERS issues I read from that era. Ordway's inks are pretty good, not quite as overpowering as he often is on some pencilers. Parts of it seem a bit stiff, which might be Ditko's layout style conflicting with Ordway's slicker finishing look.

(Black Lightning created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. Outsiders created by Jim Aparo and Mike W. Barr)

1 comment:

  1. I liked that story and the would have enjoyed seeing more Ditko/ORdway pairings.

    Nick Caputo



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