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Danger Street #9 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

A true joust the likes of which has not been seen since medieval times! Both knights, noble in their quest, are ready to do whatever it takes to bring honor to their sigil. Witness Manhunter and Codename: Assassin fight to the death in a match of wits and stamina as the life of the Commodore and the universe hang in the balance!

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34 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Geek Dad

    We’ll have to wait until next month to see who’s left standing, but what isn’t in question is that when all is said and done, this will be the one issue of the series that everyone remembers as the standout.

  • 100

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Wow! Not since I sat down with a freshly purchased Howard the Duck #16 featuring Steve Gerber’s Zen and the Art of Comic Book Writing, have I had to absorb this much philosophical text in a comic. And I must admit Tom King did one hell of a job with it. An endless sword fight between Codename: Assassin and Manhunter using Metamorpho’s severed crystal arm and the Warlord’s classic blade on top a New York Skyscraper is genius. And the verbal give and take between these highly educated and dedicated fighters is mind blowing. This is not your average comic! I would recommend pouring a glass of good scotch, turning off everything in the room to prevent distraction and get ready to read this incredibly lengthy conversation a couple of times before you really start to think about what they are saying to each other. Mr. King, I salute you. I, for one, appreciate a story that challenges me on a literary level.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Danger Street #9 is different from anything that’s come before in this series. While it may seem odd to use so much dialogue in a book consisting of one large fight, King, Fornes, and Stewart use this opportunity to connect everything thematically in the overall grand scheme of the narrative.

  • 90

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 85


    There’s something beautiful about Danger Street #9 that’s straight out of the Seventh Seal. If it wasn’t obvious yet, Danger Street is an impressively made parable for modern times utilizing modern superhero sensibilities. This issue does try your patience, but feels rewarding all the same.

  • 40

    The familiar structure of Danger Street, established across 8 installments, is broken in issue #9 for a showdown between Manhunter and Codename: Assassin that consumes every page. If the cover speaks to a norm-shattering battle, the interior pages do not meet this promise. Both of the killers meet as equals beginning with swords and proceeding through a series of different tactics until their conflict reaches its conclusion, but little space is provided for artist Jorge Fornés to depict this. Rather, the constant 8-panel grids are filled with a dialogue between the assassins about their roles and expectations. While intended as a duel of words, it better resembles the (admittedly amusing) back-and-forth of slightly stoned philosophy students with nothing ultimately gained or revealed. Fornés does find opportunity wherever it is available to depict elements like acceleration or unanticipated new elements, but so little of value is to be found in this particular confrontation that it cannot help but stand as a disappointment when compared to the 8 issues preceding it.

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on Batman to the introspective Mister Miracle, King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with The Vision, a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ Batman that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant Batman Annual #2, King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as Strange Adventures and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

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