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Outsiders #9

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


The Outsiders’ journey through—and outside of—the multiverse continues! Deep beneath reality, two cities follow diametrically opposed philosophies. One is built from legacy, continuity, and order, and the other is born of innovation, reinvention, and chaos. Between the delicate balance of their narratives sits our story—as well as the key to changing it. To do so could jeopardize the DC Universe as we know it… so who is plotting to do exactly that?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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Cover Artists
Variant Cover Artist

8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Carey is an artist I wasn’t familiar with before this, but he brings a different take on Cassaday’s epic scope from the original series. This is not your average DC book, but I’m very glad they took this swing.

  • 90

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly really make you think! A story that you have to read through and absorb the concepts. And that’s a story I can get behind! Plus an off the cuff reference to Anthro can’t hurt.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Collin and Kelly continue to create a fantastic story in this series with stakes I love to see explored. I love the nature of this team and how they are confronting some of the strange and unexplored places in the DC universe. The story is entertaining throughout and I really enjoy the evolution of the characters as well as the expansion of lore it is creating with Drummer. I look forward to this story and can’t wait to see where it goes next.

    Carey crafts some beautiful art throughout the issue. The character designs are fantastic and I really enjoyed the visual spectacle of the action.

  • 80

    As Outsiders flows towards its finale, this installment illustrates that a heady and intriguing culmination is in store. Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing’s script packs an unpredictable battle of words and fists into a short span of time, and Robert Carey’s art only continues to get more majestic and ambitious in its intentions. Given the series’ track record thus far, there’s little doubt in my mind that this will deliver in its final chapters.

  • 80


    Excerpts from the Drummer’s journal are spread throughout the comic, giving Lucas Napolitano the chance to use his lettering skills to make it look like the reader’s actually picked up an old journal. From the texture of the pages to the simple lettering, Napolitano shows the reader what’s going on in the Drummer’s head, and showcases what she’s willing to do to get her world back. We’ll see what that entails, as there are now only two issues of Outsiders left.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Another insightful and imaginative issue of Outsiders. The series’ commentary on the structure of its own storytelling is beguiling and continues to leave so many lingering questions.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    I can see what Outsiders #9 was trying to do, but it just wasn’t my cup of Meta-tea. Hopefully, the final two issues will take us in a different direction.

  • 65


    Overall, this was a fun but esoteric issue. Did it need a subtitle on the cover? No, but at this point it does feel like the writing team needed a symbolic refresh. Yes, Robert Carey’s art varies in quality, but there are some genuinely cool panels when the poses aren’t so stiff or the lines so squiggly. I particularly enjoyed the random Scooby-Doo-like montage of the Outsiders dungeon crawling. In terms of narrative, the heavy lean on meta commentary can feel a bit much. In spite of that, Outsiders tends to warm things over with humor that still works. While the end of the story and return to the status quo felt undercooked, this new direction seems fairly mixed-positive for now.

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