Midnighter, Vol. 1: Out by Steve Orlando

Midnighter, Vol. 1: OutMidnighter, Vol. 1: Out by Steve Orlando

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Midnighter is an acquired character that DC got when Wildstorm became one of their imprints. Originally he was a member of a team called The Authority, and lived with his husband another hero named Apollo. In this rebooted version, he and Apollo are not together anymore and it isn’t clear if he was ever married to him or not. In fact this story sort of starts out with Apollo and Midnighter breaking up so that Midnighter can try to figure out who he is because of the things he’s gone through. This volume collects MIDNIGHTER #1-6.

If you are expecting Midnighters origin to be presented on a silver platter to you in this volume, you’re going to be disappointed. Details are scarce and you’ll have to infer much from reading between the lines with this one. You see Midnighter himself doesn’t even know and I think that this is the intent of the way it’s presented. You will need to go on the adventure with him and see if you can figure it out.

The highlight of the book for me of course was the crossover with Dick Grayson which worked out better than you might think considering that Midnighter is not the type of guy who abhors killing. The two of them met in the Grayson title and seem to play well off of each other.

Even though Midnighter broke up with Apollo he seems to be looking to find himself a new boyfriend.  It’s curious to think about it, because it isn’t really clear if he’s just looking for a sex partner or if he wants a deeper connection.  What’s really at the heart of his break up with Apollo?


Midnighter rescued this little girl and took her home to her mother, so he’s not a complete sociopath I guess.


Midnighter and Dick Grayson talking after Midnighter “abducts” him.


I didn’t mention too much about the art in this volume but I liked it alright.  Here is a depiction of Midnighter processing information with his computer like brain.


I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalley in exchage for feedback and a review.

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2 thoughts on “Midnighter, Vol. 1: Out by Steve Orlando

  1. I loved this run even more than I was expecting to. It’s refreshing to see a gay character handled so matter-of-factly in a mainstream book, and without shying away from what he likes to do and who with. Guy’s basically as badass as Batman and as ruthless as Wolverine, but seems to be indulging in life’s basic pleasures much more frequently and happily than those two ever do. He’s a badass who just happens to be into dudes, and the dudes he’s into don’t even need to be badasses themselves. If anything, he’s almost on the Deadpool spectrum with his sarcastic patter and willingness to draw blood by the bucketful. And I really dug the artwork, a nice balance between realistic line-drawing and testosterone-fueled surreal fantasy. Fun stuff.


    • I liked this one a lot! I prefer characters that don’t kill generally and that’s kind of reflected in my middle of the road score, but Midnighter certainly has a lot to offer if you enjoy the archetype. 😉


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