The Other History of the DC Universe #3

Writer: John Ridley Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 31, 2021 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 21
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1983. Japan. Tatsu Yamashiro’s life has been taken from her. Her home, her children, her husband are all gone. With nothing left but a burning pain and the sword that stole her family from her, Tatsu begins a long journey of healing, self-discovery, agency, and rebirth. This is the story of Tatsu Yamashiro, the woman known to many as Katana-a hero who became more than the world ever intended for her, ultimately making a family of like-minded Outsiders who rally together for the common good amidst xenophobia and oppression.
The long-awaited miniseries written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It more

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    Dark Knight News - Kendra Hale Apr 1, 2021

    Each of the books in the The Other History Of The DC Universehave been exquisite, to both look at, and to read. The passion is worth every moment spent. The incredible cover art, and Katana's voice in this one makes it my favorite of this series so far. I believe these books should be read on a grander scale, and would love if this were to be any kind of show, animated or live action. Powerful. Read Full Review

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    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 30, 2021

    This was another immensely powerful issue and I really cant wait for the next chapter. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Apr 12, 2021

    The Other History of the DC Universe# 3 is equalparts glorious and disturbing. What Ridley and his team are doing in this series is long overdue. This one feels like I watched a PBS documentary about my favorite song only to realize Ive been singing the wrong words all along. Read Full Review

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    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 31, 2021

    The Other History of the DC Universe #3 is the most visually arresting issue of a series that has never been less than beautiful, but it's married with a story that works perfectly, overcoming my worries about alterations to Katan's back story . Read Full Review

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    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Apr 5, 2021

    The Alternative History of the DC Universe #3 hits the mind-'80s with Batman and the Outsider' s member Katana cast as this issue's narrator. Another solid and substantial issue that re-evaluates the nostalgia-tinted stories of yesteryear from the hard-hitting perspective of minority characters. Read Full Review

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    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Apr 1, 2021

    "The Other History of the DC Universe" #3 is an unflinching look back on the life of an important DC hero. Read Full Review

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    Comics: The Gathering - James Caudill Mar 30, 2021

    The Other HIstory of the DC Universe is that important. Book three about Katana is a wonderful addition to this storyline. I can't wait to see the next issue. Read Full Review

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    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 30, 2021

    Camuncoli and Cucchi deliver some beautiful art throughout the issue. There are great visual moments that harken back to great eras in comic history. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - Ryan Perry Mar 30, 2021

    Outside of a small lack of comfort in the issues as compared to the previous issues, and a slow start, Ridley still barrels forward with a complete re-envisioning of the DC Universe that is incredibly important for our time. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 30, 2021

    While this series from John Ridley has been one of DC's best books for its first two issues, this installment loses its footing a bit due to one major sin"too much ambition. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 31, 2021

    It is clear that Katana and Asian American characters at DC Comics deserve better stories and representation than they have received, but this one issue only makes that need seem more evident in 2021. Read Full Review

  • 9.5

    LOL they straight up called out Deathstroke for being a pedophile. The Comicsgaters are gonna be maaaaad.

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    Antenovial Mar 30, 2021

    What an Issue!

    Other History is not a classic superhero book. Tatsu narrates years of her life. Just like the prior Issues the narration style offers a unique insight into DC's long publishing history.

    Ridley doesn't shy away from calling out creative decisions, which he addresses as the in-universe choices they ultimately end up being.

    Two of the major topics of the Issue are Asian hate throughout the 80s and 90s as well as victim-blaming. The latter he addresses by showing several DC occasions while the conflicts between Asians, Whites, and Black Americans showed through real-world events.

    Especially the first half of the book felt like a gut punch to me.

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    MainManDan Mar 30, 2021


    John Ridley was spitting on the Deathstroke part with Tara. Too many DC writers and fans have given Slade a free pass for years because he's "badass". Drag his ass, it's well overdue.

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    Boudi Apr 1, 2021

    This was a class about Katana and Asian-American history, and it was one of the best classes I have ever taken. The vocabulary is great, in this issue Ridley used more words than any other DC writter has used in the last years. The art by Camuncoli is the perfect mashup of 80s and 2000s. Read this, You'll not regret it.

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    Spacey Medicine Sep 15, 2021

    This is Katana. She could cut all you in half with one sword stroke just like mowing the lawn. I would advise not getting killed by her. Her sword traps the souls of its victims.

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    UxasIs Apr 27, 2021

    Easily my favourite ongoing comic book series right now. I have never read anything like this. John Ridley has given us such a unique experience for a comic book series. I love how this dives into history and shows things from Katana's perspective. Thank you Ridley for such an amazing series. I always save this title for last when doing my weekly comic book read. :)

  • 9.5
    Psycamorean Apr 5, 2021

    Again, a really good issue that takes forever to read. I feel like the historical aspects weren't interwoven as well in this issue. They kind of stuck out.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Apr 1, 2021

    This was, like the first in this series, excellent. (I didnt read the second one but might come back around)

    Katana is the focus here, and Ridley proves himself highly capability of writing "real" characters. His voice for Katana just like it was for Black Lightning is crisp, concise, realistic, flawed even. You'll disagree with Katanas views in this book sometimes. But that's ok because Katan is telling HER story.

    Because of this nature, this book serves as an EXCELLENT primer on who this character is. You can go in never having even heard of Katana and by the end of the book, you'd know her well enough to call yourself a fan. This aspect is by far the strongest point of the book.

    As for the act more

  • 7.5
    C.V.R. The Bard Apr 5, 2021

    I had been waiting for this issue since this series was announced. I was dissapointed at the presentation. Felt like I was reading a storybook or a comic book encyclopedia more times than not. And taking away the mythology of Kitana's kitana, left me crestfallen. I'll never look at Kitana the same way again, but it doesn't mean I come away from this book with any less respect for her than I already had.
    I wish more time could have been spent on her. The Outsider talk could have been abridged, given the time already spent on the team in Black Lightning's issue. And the Death of Superman talk, well I sat through the Snyder Cut twice and have been reading about the event since I was a pre-pubescent, that could have been saved for another more

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