Dec 21, 2016

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 665: The Outsiders #5, March 1986

Another Dickens-style Christmas tale. The more I think about it, the more I'm a little troubled by the idea of using fear as a means of changing someone. It's a form of torture, really, isn't it? In today's comic, Halo recognizes this as she witnesses Eben Mudge, aged accountant, collapse sobbing to his knees when his past is replayed for him. It is fair to be utilizing moments of shame from the man's past to squeeze information from him? It's not even that the Outsiders are trying to save the man, or offer him some kind of redemption. They're simply interested in getting information from him in order to shut down a mob boss. Though the eventual outcome is a changed man, that's certainly not what the Outsiders expected going in.

An odd story, then, about Christmas torture that ends up redeeming someone, but perhaps casting our ostensible heroes in a pretty bad light.


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