D.M. Grant's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Batman Universe Reviews: 6
6.8Avg. Review Rating

5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #9

Jan 9, 2020

Final Thoughts: We know that Ra's isn't going to, permanently or otherwise, turn Jefferson. Shiva isn't going to turn Jefferson or Cassandra. We're nine issues into the series, there just isn't any believability in threatening the loyalty of the team yet, unless it's new 52 Birds of Prey and one of them is a bad guy. So, like a recent arc of Teen Titans, this story seems deadlocked in a behavioral standstill. Either it follows protocol and keeps its heroes pure and unwavering, or they turn for shock value and the readers lose a fan favorite. There are more avenues outside of that binary, but the story isn't being written as flexible to imply that there are.

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6
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #10

Feb 13, 2020

This book is written as an action book, first – last – and always, but it has the potential to be much more. More scenes establishing the dynamics of Bruce and Jefferson, Jefferson and Duke, Duke and Tatsu, Cassandra and Jefferson – all of that would be appreciated. It's very single-minded on its main hero/villain plot, and that only goes so far in terms of interest. It's right on the cusp of being truly good.

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6
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #11

Mar 12, 2020

I want to like this book so much then I am, and I feel iconoclastic writing about it. Everything that happens – on paper – is awesome. The fact of the Outsiders rolling over Ra's' men is cool, but there's no excitement in the scripting. If the plots stayed the same, but there was a different approach to the dialogue and outlining of the events and sequencing, this would be an easy series to recommend. But every month each scene reads as rote, uninspired, and obligatory. I know it can be better. There's too much potential in the characters to really spark off the page.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #12

May 7, 2020

This arc heads towards a mostly satisfying conclusion, though Hill's problematic characterization from previous issues still remains a problem.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #13

Jun 18, 2020

This issue feels like more of the same as the previous one, but the change in artists made this more fun to read.

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8
Shadow of the Batgirl #1

Feb 4, 2020

Editors Note: DC Comics provided TBU with a review copy of this title. You can purchase your own copy by heading over to Amazon.

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