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Outsiders #5

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.


The world is dying. Welcome to the funeral.

You — and the Outsiders — are invited to the biggest social event of 2024: a gathering of the most terrifying monsters from across the DC Universe.

After all, horror is in right now.

Follow Kate Kane, Luke Fox, and Drummer as they step into the shadows of Kate’s past after receiving a strange invitation from her former lover, the vampiric Nocturna.

Why have they been invited? What other monstrous entities will be attending? How many will die before the night is through? And who’s faintly crying in the other room?

Accept your invitation to find out — but be warned that once you open the page, there’s no turning back!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
27 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95


    Stare into the void too long and it begins to stare back, pulling you deep into its world as the team discovers in Outsiders #5. Another issue that continues the series’ unique mission, in a delightfully deep and compelling fashion.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    This is a severely underrated comic book run to which more people should pay attention. The characters shine a new light on some of the bat-family while getting fresh and new ideas. The art, along with the writing, blend, delivering a mysteriously exciting adventure.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Everything in this issue will be catnip to horror fans, and it’s another great example of how this series can do just about anything. It reminds me of some of the great indie comics in how seamlessly it switches genres.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Lanzing and Kelly continue to craft some great comic stories and this issue is no different. The writers create some interesting moments for each character and expand the story in ways that immediately grabbed and held my attention. The surprises in the story are great additions and I continue to love the complicated nature of Drummer in this issue.

    The Art: Carey delivers some fantastic art in the issue. The dark motif of the story is brilliantly designed and perfectly captures the dark tone of the story.

  • 80


    Outsiders #5 takes a walk on the darker side of the DC Universe, testing its heroes yet again in the process. This series continues to impress with every issue, and we haven’t even hit the halfway point yet. That’s how good it is.

  • 80

    As we near the midpoint of this Outsiders arc, the series continues to bend, without ever breaking, the expectations surrounding it. Kelly and Lanzing’s script is a bit more dense than prior issues, and not as singularly satisfying as the previous Jenny Crisis installment, but it still delivers some fascinating interplay and wallops of moments. Robert Carey’s art and Valentine Taddeo’s colors work together beautifully to create an affair that is moody, yet never somber, with some inspired choices in terms of costume design. While not without its flaws, this issue only has me more excited to see what the remainder of Outsiders has in store.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Outsiders #5 delves into another murky corner of the universe. Each issue of the series has opened doors to stories that can go much deeper. It also seeks to explore rather than explode. The worldbuilding is exceptional, with an expansive attitude that also believes in attention to detail. However, the writers must be wary of coasting, as the storylines lack consequences, and there are temporary lapses of cohesion.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Outsiders #5 delivered in every way you would want for a book about a gathering of the worst Monsters in DC. I look forward to returning to this venue soon… hopefully before the end of the world.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Exploring the underworld of the DC Universe looks great on Outsiders. Another solid story which expresses Kelly and Lanzing’s commitment to versatile storytelling and meaningful character development.

  • 55


    Overall, this issue was okay. Outside of the mildly distracting backgrounds that look like posterized jpegs, the artwork is fine too. I especially found the lighting and ink to be a highlight, even if it is seemingly uses it as a crutch to hide how empty the book is. Moreover, the dialogue doesn’t always come off natural. On a positive note, I really like how much this series uses the lore to tell these standalone stories. Although, Lanzing and Kelly are leaving a lot of story on the table. None of the past few stories have gone anywhere. The new passive Outsiders attend a party they didn’t like for information they could get anywhere else. Hopefully things pick up because the group feel extremely depressing and disinterested in each scenario.

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