Batman and the Outsiders #9

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Dexter Soy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 8, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 9
8.1Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Ra's al Ghul and his army of assassins have turned their attention away from the Dark Knight-and toward Black Lightning! They've done something terrible to him that can never be fixed, and Black Lightning will need the Outsiders to stop him from crossing a line that could change his life forever.

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Jan 8, 2020

    Bryan Hill knocks it out of the park with his stripped down, raw take on Black Lightning's anger and grief, and it makes for a stunning, satisfying issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jan 8, 2020

    Bryan Hill and Dexter Soy deliver a treasure of a book, and if you give Batman & the Outsiders a chance, I sincerely believe you'll find that this is the type of comic you hope every comic you pick up will be. There's action, emotion, depth, adventure, humor, and heart. The ability of these two men to craft such an incredible and engaging story that continues to develop and grow is inspiring. Batman & the Outsiders is what modern comics should look like. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 8, 2020

    Dexter Soy brings some beautiful visuals to the issue and the art has an understated feel which matches the plot. The art focuses more on character than action as most of the story consists of conversations and the characters look amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jan 9, 2020

    While Batman and the Outsiders #9 is a great book filled with intriguing character drama, it's time for this series to kick things up a notch. Plain and simple. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    On Comics Ground - Marcus Freeman Jan 10, 2020

    Jefferson Pierce is drifting towards the dark side after a horrible attack leaves what he loves devastated. It is up to Batman and the Outsiders to bring Jefferson back from the brink and keep him from doing something he can't take back. Will Ra's Al Ghul's plan to drive Batman's Outsiders to the darkness succeed? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 8, 2020

    Batman and the Outsiders #9 makes it clear that there's a rocky future ahead for the team. Even if they vanquish Ra's al Ghul, they are unlikely to emerge from the conflict unscathed. And the damage to the team's unity might never be fully healed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 8, 2020

    While this book is in danger of heading back to the overly slow burn that frustrated me in the earlier parts of the run, Bryan Hill sets up some really cool things (not all good for our heroes, mind you) that I can't wait to see play out.  The art by Dexter Soy is great and really, this is just a solid book that can be enjoyed by anyone who wants a little more character work in their capes and cowls stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 8, 2020

    This series started rough with issues too focused on original villains, but it's found its footing since as one of the better books in the Bat-line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 8, 2020

    This is sophisticated storytelling, and I'm hooked. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - D.M. Grant 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. Read Full Review

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