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Outsiders #3

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

“Dreaming of Bats.” Only two things are certain about the mysterious door that has appeared in the Outsiders’ ship. The first? It was opened by the Drummer, using a set of Multiversal coordinates discovered in a dream. The second? Their computers have identified it only as a “narrative singularity.” For most, to step through such a door would be unthinkable, even insane-which makes it a perfect mission for the Outsiders! As Kate Kane and Luke Fox venture into the unknown reaches of the Multiverse, they will fall deeper and deeper into a maze of darkness, guided by unfamiliar versions of familiar faces. What is this strange world they’ve discovered? How are they connected to it? And who is lurking in the shadows, ready to destroy it all?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Outsiders #3 breaks more boundaries. The comic routinely finds individual and experimental ways to tell a superhero story. This issue may feature more superheroes than any other issue so far and is much more action-packed, but it is far from normal. It requires the reader to question and to think as everything is tweaked.

  • 95


    Trapped within the dreams of a vigilante might be more of a nightmare for some in ‘Outsiders’ #3. This series continues to live up to it’s mission to think outside the box and delivers one of the more off-the-wall Batman related stories. Haunting, funny, rough, and developmentally important all at the same time.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    This issue leads us down a mysterious and ominous path as we face the inside of Bruce’s mind, which is often more terrifying than anything Gotham could throw at us. The varying characteristics of both Kate and Batman that are showcased throughout the issue show that everyone working on this book has a true and loving understanding of the characters they get to play with in this world. This is a run that should not be slept on lest you, too, are visited by the ghosts of Bruce Wayne’s past.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is the second issue in a row that really shows how much potential this series has, and how ambitious Lanzing and Kelly get when they’re given the freedom to explore.

  • 85


    Outsiders #3 interrogates the very concept of Batman, and how his influence shapes friends as well as foes. This is one of the most interesting books DC is putting out on the stands – Batman fan or not, DC fan or not, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

  • 83

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Lanzing and Kelly deliver another interesting and entertaining story. As much as investigating the mind of Batman has become cliché recently, this journey had some interesting moments and having an antagonist with a connection to the Bat Family being the villain of the issue is interesting as well. Although the character they chose gives me pause because he continues to be utilized badly.

    The Art: Carey delivers some dark, disturbing and brilliant art throughout the issue. I really enjoyed the imagery and the character designs.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Outsiders #3 presents an alternate world overloaded with Batman and Batwoman variants. The story is tinged with horror and you can feel the anxiety and tension ratchet up during the story as Luke and Kate struggle to find their way back home while dealing with all these alternate versions of themselves. A fun surprise appearance by another Batman Family member tops off the issue.

  • 80

    On paper, it might seem bizarre to do a sort of “bottle episode” issue only three installments into your series, but Outsiders utilizes it to be a surreal and largely-satisfying look at its two protagonists. Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing’s script is equally fast-paced and poignant, getting weird in some cool and meaningful ways. Robert Carey’s art accents that mindset wholeheartedly, especially as the issue only gets more bizarre.

  • 80

    The Batman Universe

    Outsiders #3 is an interesting excursion into the multiverse and possibly a foreshadow of a possible threat to the multiverse is coming. Drummer appears to be the one gathering allies, but is her motive helpful or harmful?

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    A visual treat which surprises with some incredible character development. DC’s Outsiders is really hitting its stride which this introspective yet large scale story.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    Outsiders #3 was interesting. Let’s hope it was a one-and-done and that going forward we’re fighting crime and exploring new places, creatures, and things.

  • 50


    Clearly, despite the format, Kelly and Lanzing are building toward some kind of Dark Multiverse related reveal. In fact, this issue unveils that the ugly brown copy in the series is actually apart of a suspicious log Drummer possesses. Whether Drummer intentions are pure or not, they are hiding knowledge of a meta “narrative virus. In terms of character development, this poor attempt to distance Batwing from the cowl may have distracting lasting effects in the future. Otherwise, Outsiders isn’t very subtle or creative, despite a few cool looking panels of staircases.

  • 40

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Outsiders #3 goes out of its way to sound high-concept and smart but fails spectacularly. Except for Robert Carey’s wasted art, this was a random adventure that wasn’t enjoyable to read, accomplished nothing, and said nothing.

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