Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1

Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1

Event\Storyline: Convergence Writer: Marc Andreyko Artist: Carlos D'Anda Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 22, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 9
7.3Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 23, 2015

    Marc Andreyko is dealing with a team that my be called the Outsiders, but nowadays are more unknown.  That's why it was so great to see such great character work throughout this issue.  I am now invested in this team and am looking forward to next month's finale.  Carlos D'Anda and Gabe Eltaeb's art is superb making this my sleeper pick of the Convergence Event so far.  Highly Recommended...but do your homework. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 23, 2015

    Carlos D'Anda was a bit of a strange choice to illustrate this comic. It's not that he does a bad job by any means. His bombastic style brings a palpable sense of energy to what ends up being one of the quieter Convergence tie-ins. It's just that nothing about this issue's art style recalls the Outsiders in their pre-Crisis era (wacky costumes notwithstanding). Visually, this could just as easily be set in the contemporary DCU. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Apr 23, 2015

    Also, a quick note about the recaps at the back of the issues I love these! Although the first few weeks dealt with some timelines that I am familiar with, it is nice to see some clarification on characters that I have only heard about or read about in a single story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Apr 24, 2015

    Better than most with a writer I tend to like, this one seems more solid and likable than the "abduct the still living version of your wife/love from this world" seen in other issues. Batman And The Outsiders is a good team and I like the respect they're generally given here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Apr 22, 2015

    This is a great example of very quickly investing the reader in characters they might not be entirely familiar with, and while it doesnt fully work, it works enough to make this issue incredibly compelling. This is an issue where what happens next has a measure of suspense and stakes because these characters dont NEED to survive this event, so the emotion thats already been invested in them can be ripped away at a moments notice. And that is the definition of anxiety. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 24, 2015

    Solid character-building, but not much actually happens. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Apr 29, 2015

    This one isnt going to be for everyone. As I said, no villains until the very last page and not one punch thrown. For me though, this is exactly the kind of story Im most interested in getting from this event. I want to see these heroes adjusting to life in the dome and struggling with the drastic changes Telos experiment has forced upon them. I cant wait to see where things go next month. My only real disappointment with this one is that we are in Gotham City again. All these cities on the planet Telos from all across the DC multiverse, and so far weve spent most of our time in two versions of Gotham City and a version of Metropolis. That seems like just a bit of a waste to me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Apr 23, 2015

    Despite the solid character work here, a few too many splash pages make Convergence: Batman and The Outsiders #1 a quick read. It's great fun while it lasts, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 27, 2015

    Given how many characters the comic has to introduce it does a pretty good job (although once the dome falls, like most every Convergence title, things get less interesting very fast as Mortal Kombat begins). One odd note: Although the cover of the issue gets Batman's look right the art inside makes a major mistake not arming the classically-clad Caped Crusader in his classic utility belt of the time. Considering the look of the old characters is the major selling point for the series it's distracting. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Ed Apr 23, 2015

    Fans of Pre-Crisis DC Comics are going to love Convergence: Batman and The Outsiders #1. The only real complaints are about elements that have to be there to facilitate Convergence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Apr 24, 2015

    The Outsiders have a big threat headed their way on the final page and D'Anda clearly loved cutting loose on the spread, going so far as to sign it. It's a safe bet that the next issue will involve a lot of dynamic fights that will allow the artist to make full use of his superhero expertise. "Convergence: Batman and The Outsiders" #1 is one of the comic books that has done well with the unforgiving narrative challenge this crossover has provided. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Sean Buckley Apr 27, 2015

    Overall: While a valiant attempt at trying to capture the nostalgia of an earlier, more popular series, this issue unfortunately falls flat. Without enough time to build characters that new readers can relate to or bring in a compelling villain, there is little appeal for anyone who hasn't read the original Outsiders run. Expect next issue to be little more than an all-out battle. Read Full Review

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