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Dark Knights of Steel #9 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

The bestselling series continues!

The opening battle for the Three Kingdoms takes a deadly and dramatic turn as heroes return… enemies are revealed… and dark secrets spill out like blood on the battlefield!

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29 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 97

    Major Spoilers

    Taylor never resolves these alternate DCU storylines cleanly! You know that when things finally reach a stopping point (I hesitate to use the word “end”), I’ll be left surprised and wanting more! I must recommend that you don’t just drop into the current issue and try to understand all that is happening. There are informational videos online that could help, but I do hope you will pick up the back issues and gain an understanding of all that is happening by reading it all! It’s so worth it! I mean, I can’t help but hope certain characters will survive and thrive, but the moment I do that, Mr. Taylor makes sure that does NOT happen! Just let Batman make it, okay? Please?
  • 96

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I have been very pleasantly surprised with this book. The innovative looks at classic DC characters in a medieval time has been great. Some, like Harley and Lois, have been phenomenal. The mysteries and feints have been great to follow and try to unravel. And now this surprise, turning the title on its head. And I am glad that this reveal happens here, giving Taylor three issues to flesh out the reveals and come to an ending.
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This issue largely calls into question everything we’ve seen so far, making us wonder exactly who was in charge in every scene. It’s definitely not what I expected to see when I opened this issue, but it’s another issue moving this closer to being an all-time classic.
  • 94

    Comic Watch

    It is an understatement worthy of Wooster or Jeeves to say that this issue was about as packed with action as a book can be and still leave room for characterization and plot. Linear storytelling tends to break down while a fight is going on. When swords flash and bodies fall, it’s difficult to keep track of any sort of order. This is a fact, in life as well as in comics, and it’s one that Taylor and Putri use to great effect, perfectly capturing the chaotic, inevitable feeling generated by combat. Even in the midst of all this chaos, Taylor still managed to leave room for his usual stellar characterization. Each of the main characters received at least a few panels that were dedicated to either capturing their personalities or propelling their story. Bruce and Kal had a brief, if pointed, conversation. Oliver and Canary flirted and fought, escaping a dungeon. Sir Alfred spilled a few of his secrets, and Diana attained a sorrowful field promotion. And while all of this was happening, each of the themes that Taylor’s been building for the last year (parent’s duty to their children, children establishing their own identities, the flexibility of families) were present and emphasized. The fact that Taylor was able to manage this so effectively is a testament to his tremendous skill as a storyteller. Yasmine Putri’s ability to balance the brutality of battle with quiet moments of realization is a tremendous achievement. Her almost Pre-Raphaelite style is particularly well suited for the half-bloody half-wonderous tone of the story she is telling. Arif Prianto’s colors are rich, saturated, and absolutely perfect for the art.
  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    There’s so much fantasy in this issue, it’s absolutely a must-read if you’re following the series. I’m loving this story and am aching to see where it leads. This issue has to be a favorite, because we see the trinity, and because some of the confusion has been cleared up. If you’re following this Elseworld, I 100% recommend continuing. It’s Dark Knights Of Steel #9, we’re almost at the end! Also, there’s Batman riding a Dragon a fantasy somewhere, now come to life with eye-catching art-work! That’s something I’ll never get tired of
  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 85


    Dark Knights of Steel #9 doesn't hold back, making for an action-packed issue with shocking moments. Twists and turns abound too, and while the characters can't catch a break, it's exciting to see the plot move forward so quickly.
  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Dark Knights Of Steel #9 delivers on the big twist this story needed. Now with the major big bad of the story revealed everything changes for the better. It all set-up for the final three issues for Dark Knights of Steel to be even more highly anticipated than before.
  • 80


    The story this week is a visual treat, complete with great layout and decent twists. This feels like what Tom Taylor had in mind when plotting this series from the beginning. Although the ineptitude of the characters is annoyingly convenient, I think the book is very effective. Now that we are close to a big third act turn, I wonder how the characters will handle the new information. Solid issue.
  • 80

    Let's be clear – Dark Knights of Steel #9 is a fantastic comic, one filled with the same great twists and unexpected surprises as in past issues. The artwork is fantastic, the story is amazing, and it's only crime is being too short and making me wait a month for another issue. However, while the reveal of the "true" enemy was fantastically done, I do feel it somewhat undermines the more violent nature and gritty fantasy established in previous issues. (...) The comic moves a step away from the dark fantasy genre it had embraced up until this point and I think that may turn some readers off.
  • 80

    Superman Homepage

    The negatives out of the way, I would like to address the positives, because I actually really enjoyed most of this issue. As I said before, the interaction between Kal and Cass gave me hope for this issue. The arrival of Queen Lara at the battle to confront her imposter was also great. And I really loved the reveal of the White Martians as the ultimate villain. Revealing them while reciting the original prophecy added a nice bit of gravitas to the situation. And the inclusion of Martian Manhunter was amazing! I can’t wait to see what happens as a result of these reveals.

More From Dark Knights of Steel (2021)

About the Author: Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor (born 29 November 1978) is an Australian comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter. A New York Times bestselling author, his work includes DC Comics series Injustice, DCeased, i, Superman, Suicide Squad and Marvel series All-New Wolverine, X-Men Red, Superior Iron Man and Star Wars comics. Taylor is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the animated series The Deep, based on his graphic novels of the same name.


Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia. Taylor has written X-Men: Red, All-New Wolverine and Hunt for Wolverine Adamantium Agenda for Marvel comics, along with Justice League/Power Rangers and Injustice 2 for DC Comics. He has also written Batman/Superman, Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion and Superior Iron Man.

Taylor is the creator, with James Brouwer, of the all-ages adventure graphic novels The Deep: Here Be Dragons and its sequel The Vanishing Island published by Gestalt Publishing and Boom Studios. The Deep was optioned by Technicolor. 52 episodes have screened of the CG animated series, so far, across three seasons, with Taylor serving as co-creator/head writer.

In 2012, The Deep: Here Be Dragons won the Aurealis Award for Best illustrated book/graphic novel, Australia’s premier speculative fiction literary award. The sequel, The Vanishing Island, won the award again in 2014.

Performing and writing for theatre and musicals from the age of fourteen, Tom’s works have been produced across four continents. His plays have won a number of awards and accolades including winning the award for ‘Best Dramatic Writing’ in Short and Sweet – The world’s largest short play festival.

His plays have been produced at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Taylor is well known for his many Star Wars comics and graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics. These include, Star Wars: Blood Ties with artist Chris Scalf, and Star Wars: Invasion, with illustrator Colin Wilson. April 2012 saw the start of Taylor and Scalf’s new Blood Ties series provocatively titled Boba Fett is Dead as reported by CNN. Taylor is also the writer of the Darth Maul: Death Sentence miniseries, which is set immediately after the end of the fourth Clone Wars television series.

Star Wars: Blood Ties won the 2012 ‘Stan Lee Excelsior Award’ as voted for by thousands of school students across the UK.

Taylor wrote the graphic novella, Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes which shows a never before seen story of Luke Skywalker training with Yoda on Dagobah during The Empire Strikes Back. Taylor also penned Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader. Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Vice President, says Tom Taylor has taken to writing comics faster than anyone he’s ever seen.

Taylor also wrote The Authority, published under the Wildstorm imprint, starting with issue #22 in May 2010 until the end of the Wildstorm imprint. He also wrote The Brainiac / Sinestro Corps war storyline in the pages of DC Universe Online: Legends, a Batman story with artist Nicola Scott and Rose and Thorn with artist Neil Googe.

Taylor’s award-winning play The Example has also been adapted into a comic book with illustration by Colin Wilson through Gestalt Publishing.

In October 2021, on National Coming Out Day, Taylor announced that the character Jon Kent, the son of Superman in the comic book series Superman: Son of Kal-El will be bisexual.

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