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Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Max Raynor Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 30, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The soul of Katana's husband, Maseo, is experiencing great unrest within her sword! The Outsiders must find a way to relieve him, or else the blade itself may shatter, unleashing not only Maseo but whatever unknown spirits and sorcery are trapped with him in the Pandora's box of Katana's blade!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - CJ Oct 30, 2019

    Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 not only ties up a longstanding plot point from the series, but it also serves as a great stand-alone story that only strengthens the bond between Black Lightning and Katana. I highly recommend it for both newcomers and fans who are already following Outsiders. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Oct 30, 2019

    There is someone there for you, believe that. Never give up… never give in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 30, 2019

    Max Raynor has some beautifully detailed art throughout this issue and I love the way he's rendered the characters and the action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Marcus Freeman Oct 30, 2019

    Katana takes the spotlight as she fights for her family's legacy with Black Lightning by her side. Some demons follow families for generations and Katana learns a lesson in what happens if you don't face these demons head on. Katana's experiences seems like it will not only have repercussions for herself, but for The Outsiders as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Adil Syed Oct 31, 2019

    A really strong issue with awesome art that explores Tatsus character and builds on her relationship with Jefferson. Definitely one to pick up if you have been reading this series or are a fan of Katana or Black Lightning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Oct 30, 2019

    The story is a little dense and a bit repetitive at points, but it's a wonderful read and an absolute must for anyone already invested in the Batman and the Outsiders story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 17, 2019

    Despite the somewhat misleading cover, the story is a solid one that gives adds some depth to both Katana and Black Lightning. It also makes me curious to see what the changes for Tatsu that Hill is hinting at. It is clear that some interesting adventures lie ahead for the team. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 30, 2019

    This issue has a lot of good points, and Black Lightning in particular is a character Hill writes very well. But Katana's surreal supernatural departure is definitely not my favorite element of the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Nov 1, 2019

    While satisfying in many ways, Batman & the Outsiders Annual #1 left me wanting more, and not necessarily in a good way. There's some great action in this issue, as well as some great artwork form Raynor and Guerrero, but the vessel Hill used to tell this story feels a bit tired. If you haven't much work involving Katana, this could be worthwhile for you, but it's a mostly self-contained story that doesn't appear to have much impact on the overall narrative. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 30, 2019

    While I like the idea of getting some focus on Katana, I wish Bryan Hill had more to do and say with the extra space he is given.  The issue looked good, but it can totally be skipped and while Annuals always have that danger looming over them, I would expect that there would be more of a purpose behind giving a series with only 6 issues under its belt an Annual than what we got here.  Sure, we get some more Katana, but did we need an Annual to do it? Read Full Review

  • 4.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Nov 4, 2019

    "Batman and the Outsiders" Annual #1 adds more context to the relationship between Tatsu and Jefferson but doesn't rise above a dull premise and art direction. Read Full Review

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