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Cover of Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1
(June 2015). Art by Andy Kubert.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983)
Created by Mike W. Barr
Jim Aparo
See:List of Outsiders members
Batman and The Outsiders
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Art by Kevin Nowlan
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983)
Created by Mike Barr
Jim Aparo

The Outsiders is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. As its name suggests, the team consists of metahuman superheroes who do not fit the norms of the "mainstream" superhero community (the Justice League).

The Outsiders has had a number of different incarnations. They were founded by Batman, whose ties to the League had become strained, and introduced the classic line-up of Batman, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Geo-Force, Katana, Halo and Looker. A later incarnation of the Outsiders from early 2000s comics was led by Nightwing and Arsenal following the dissolution of the Teen Titans superhero group, and depicted the team as a pro-active group hunting for super-criminals. For the team's third incarnation, Batman reforms the team as a special strike team featuring classic members Katana and Metamorpho alongside new recruits such as Catwoman and Black Lightning's daughter Thunder. After the Batman R.I.P. storyline, Alfred Pennyworth acts on Batman's instructions to reassemble the team once more, recruiting new members and more of the team's original lineup.[1]

Another version of the team with a familiar lineup briefly featured in Batman Incorporated in 2011 as the black ops section of Batman's organisation. Following DC's 2011 reboot, a new version of the Outsiders is introduced in the pages of Green Arrow as a secret society represented by seven weapon-themed clans. Members in this incarnation include Katana, Onyx, and several new characters. The original Outsiders are returned to continuity in 2017, following DC Rebirth, once again as a secret team founded by Batman; Batman revives the team with a new lineup in 2018.

Fictional History[edit | edit source]

Batman and the Outsiders/Adventures of the Outsiders (1983–1987)[edit | edit source]

The Outsiders first appeared in a special insert in the final issue (#200) of The Brave and the Bold in 1983.[2] The team was given its own comic, Batman and the Outsiders, which debuted in August 1983. It was created and originally written by Mike W. Barr and illustrated by Jim Aparo (later illustrated by Alan Davis).

After Batman left the group in issue #32 the title was changed to Adventures of the Outsiders, continuing until its cancellation after issue #46. Issue #38 featured the last original story in the series, as issues #39-46 were reprints of stories from companion series The Outsiders (vol. 1, 1985).

The cast of the Outsiders was notable for having mostly new characters (Geo-Force, Katana, Halo and Looker). The other members were two characters who refused membership in the Justice League (Black Lightning and Metamorpho) and former Leaguer Batman.

Markovia and Baron Bedlam[edit | edit source]

The Outsiders formed in the fictional East European country of Markovia, which was ravaged by war at the time. Batman had attempted to enlist the Justice League's aid, but was told they had been ordered to stay out of the conflict. Because he disagreed with the order, Batman resigned to strike out on his own. He and Black Lightning traveled to Markovia to free captive Lucius Fox from Baron Bedlam (who killed the country's ruler, King Viktor). One of the king's sons became Geo-Force after gaining powers from Markovia's top scientist (Dr. Helga Jace) to stop Bedlam. Metamorpho was searching for Dr. Jace for the doctor to help him with his powers. Katana arrived in Markovia to kill General Karnz (Bedlam's military commander) as vengeance for her family's death. Batman found a young, amnesiac girl in the woods exhibiting light-based powers whom he names Halo who was an Aurakle that possessed the body of Violet Harper after she was killed by Syonide. These heroes banded together to defeat Baron Bedlam and decided to stay together as a team, later fighting such villains as Agent Orange, the Fearsome Five and the Cryonic Man.[3]

Masters of Disaster and the Force of July[edit | edit source]

Recurring foes include the Masters of Disaster (New Wave, Shakedown, Windfall, Heatstroke, and Coldsnap), who at one point were almost able to kill Black Lightning. Windfall eventually became disenchanted with her team and joined the Outsiders. Another recurring opponent was the Force of July, a group of patriotic metahumans who also regularly came into contact with the Suicide Squad. During this time, Geo-Force's half-sister Terra died as a traitor against the Teen Titans. Batman revealed his real identity as Bruce Wayne to the team (although they already knew it). Eventually, Halo's origins were revealed. Emily Briggs (who later became the super-heroine Looker and joined the team) was introduced. Denise Howard (the love interest of Geo-Force) appeared for the second time.

Without Batman[edit | edit source]

Baron Bedlam later returned to life. With the assistance of the Bad Samaritan, the Masters of Disaster and Soviet forces, he again tried to seize control of Markovia. Batman withheld this information, angering the rest of the team. This eventually led to Batman disbanding the team and returning to the Justice League. Nevertheless the team traveled to Markovia, discovering many Markovian military casualties. They were defeated by the Masters, and learn that Bedlam cloned Adolf Hitler; however, the Hitler clone committed suicide in horror of the atrocities perpetrated by his original. The Outsiders became unofficial agents of Markovia to receive Markovian funding. They moved to Los Angeles; Geo-Force left his girlfriend Denise behind, and Looker separated from her husband.

Outsiders (vol. 1, 1985–1988)[edit | edit source]

This series again featured the original group, and was printed in the Baxter paper format[4] used on such titles as The New Teen Titans (vol. 2) and the Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 3). It lasted for 28 issues, in addition to annual and special issues. The series originally ran alongside the Adventures of the Outsiders title, chronicling events a year after that series. In the end, the first few issues of this series were reprinted in Adventures of the Outsiders before that title was canceled.

Story[edit | edit source]

The team has moved into a new headquarters in Los Angeles, and once again becomes involved in an adventure with the Force of July (ending in Moscow). Villains such as the Duke of Oil and the Soviet super-team the People's Heroes are introduced during this time. The team's adventures take them all over the globe, most notably when the Outsiders' plane is shot down and the team is marooned on a deserted island for three weeks. Tensions rise as Geo-Force tries to resign his leadership and he and Looker succumb to temptation. Eventually, the team is rescued.

More trouble arises when a detective is hired to look into Looker (now working as a model known as Lia Briggs) and her private life, and learns of her actual identity as Emily. The detective tries to blackmail her, but she hypnotizes him and forces him to leave. However, he is killed shortly afterward and Looker is arrested as a suspect. The Outsiders, fortunately, clear her name.

Reunion with Batman[edit | edit source]

The Outsiders are reunited with Batman when they band together to fight Eclipso. After the adventure, Batman gives them access to a batcave in Los Angeles. The team is also infiltrated by a clone of Windfall. Meanwhile, Looker and Geo-Force are guilty about their affair and eventually end it. Metamorpho faces his own personal problems with his wife, Sapphire Stagg-Mason. The clone of Windfall is ultimately killed; the Masters of Disaster are defeated, as the real Windfall joins the Outsiders. The team also meets the other Los Angeles-based team, Infinity, Inc.

Millennium[edit | edit source]

Main article: Millennium (comics)

The team is next involved with the crossover event Millennium, wherein it is revealed that Dr. Jace is an operative of the villainous Manhunters[5] and kidnaps the team.[6] The team (now joined by the Atomic Knight) free themselves, but Dr. Jace blows up herself and Metamorpho.[7] Looker is called to return to Abyssia (the origin of her powers), where she must also face the Manhunters. During the adventure, she is drained of much of her power and returns to her normal form.[8] Halo is hit in the crossfire when saving Katana's life, and slips into a coma as Katana vows to look after her.[9] The team is disbanded by Geo-Force as Looker returns to her husband, and Batman rejoins the Justice League.[9]

Outsiders (vol. 2, 1993–1995)[edit | edit source]

This revival of the title in 1993 lasted 25 issues and was written by Mike W. Barr, with most issues penciled by Paul Pelletier.[10]

Story[edit | edit source]

Declared a traitor in his native Markovia, Geo-Force is forced to seek the help of old (and new) Outsiders to battle the vampire-lord who controls his country. This is later coupled with the framing of the Outsiders for the slaughter of a Markovian village, forcing them into hiding. This fugitive status motivates the Atomic Knight to go after them, hoping to bring in his former allies without too much trouble. He is eventually convinced of their innocence, and joins them.

Cover of Outsiders #1 Alpha (1993). Art by Travis Charest.

The new members who join the team in Markovia are the magician Faust, the warsuit-wearing engineer and industrialist Technocrat and Wylde (Charlie Wylde), a friend of Technocrat who has been turned into a mountain bear by Faust's uncontrollable magic.

During the initial confrontation with the vampires, Looker is (apparently) killed. Hiding out in Gotham City, the Outsiders experience another loss as Technocrat's wife Marissa and Halo are killed during a fight with Batman (actually the man standing in for Bruce Wayne, Jean-Paul Valley). However, Halo's spirit survives in the reanimated body of Marissa. For some time afterward, Technocrat has trouble accepting that his wife (whose body is still walking around) is dead. Eventually it is discovered that Looker is not dead, but undead. The Outsiders find her, and free her from the vampire's control.

Split in two[edit | edit source]

After the defeat of the vampires, two teams (one composed of Geo-Force, Katana, and Technocrat; the other composed of the Eradicator, Looker, Wylde, Halo and Faust) claim the name of the Outsiders; both teams are considered fugitives for some time, thanks to questionable tactics by their new members. During this time the teams learn that Halo's (original) body has been brought back to life by the terrorist organization, Kobra. In control of her body is Violet Harper, the evil woman whose body Halo originally inhabited. She now has abilities similar to Halo's, calls herself Spectra and joins Strike Force Kobra with Dervish and Windfall. Both Kobra and Violet Harper are defeated.

The two teams unite to confront Felix Faust, father of the Outsider Faust. During the confrontation, the bear-like Wylde betrays the team when Felix promises to restore his humanity. The team defeats Felix Faust and Wylde, who eventually becomes an actual bear (without the ability to speak) and is kept in a zoo. The title ends with the clearing of the Outsiders' names and the marriage of Geo-Force and Denise Howard.

In the interim, the Halo entity is restored to Violet Harper's body, returning her to normal off-panel and a new team of Outsiders is formed and seen as active during the "Day of Judgement" crossover. Members of this new team include Geo-Force, Halo, Katana, and Terra II, who in the 1999 Titans Secret File series, left the team after a round of genetic tests performed by scientists failed to decipher Terra's genetically altered DNA, to tell who she was prior to being turned into a genetic doppelgänger of the original Terra.

Outsiders (vol. 3, 2003–2007)[edit | edit source]

Cover of Outsiders (vol. 3) #1, (2003). Art by Tom Raney and Scott Hanna.

Outsiders (vol. 3) is almost completely unrelated to the previous series. It was launched in 2003 with new members, some of whom had been part of the Titans. The series was canceled with issue #50 and relaunched as Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 2), featuring a mix of current and new members.

Formation[edit | edit source]

The new team is put together in the wake of the Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day crossover which dissolves both groups. Arsenal accepts a sponsorship offer from the Optitron Corporation and uses the money to buy an enormous bomb shelter which had belonged to a multimillionaire, renovating it as group headquarters. He recruits a group of young heroes, the last of whom is his friend Nightwing (who joins reluctantly). Nightwing decides that instead of functioning in a reactive capacity like most other superhero teams this group should act as hunters, tracking down super-villains before they can cause problems.

Infinite Crisis[edit | edit source]

Main article: Infinite Crisis

Former Outsiders Technocrat and Looker are near Breach when he explodes in the Battle of Metropolis. The fate of Technocrat remains unclear, while Looker soon appears in an issue of the World War III limited series. Roy Harper is saved by Superman from Doomsday, and Captain Marvel, Jr. was sent to Earth-S when it was reformed. When New Earth came, he went with other heroes who could fly to fight Superboy-Prime. In the Infinite Crisis hardcover, Freddy joined alongside the other Titans to take down members of The Society who tried to kill Robin.

One Year Later[edit | edit source]

Main article: One Year Later

After Infinite Crisis the Outsiders are "officially" no more. Because of the Freedom of Power Treaty, the Outsiders have been operating covertly outside of the United States. Most of the members were presumed dead, until a botched mission forced them to reveal their presence. Following the revelation of their existence, they are recruited by Checkmate to pursue missions which Checkmate cannot support publicly. Checkmate's assignment as part of the "CheckOut" crossover arc involves dispatching the Outsiders to Oolong Island in China, the scene of World War III the previous year. The mission goes disastrously when Chang Tzu captures Owen Mercer and Checkmate's Black Queen, until both sides are bailed out by Batman. In the aftermath, Nightwing decides to give Batman control of the team once more.

Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 2)/Outsiders (vol. 4, 2007–2011)[edit | edit source]

Cover of Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 2) #1 (2007). Art by Doug Braithwaite.

In November 2007, writer Chuck Dixon and artist Julian Lopez relaunched Outsiders as a new volume of Batman and the Outsiders with the Dark Knight taking control of the team in the aftermath of the "CheckOut" crossover with Checkmate.[11][12]

Outsiders: Five of a Kind[edit | edit source]

In the weeks leading up to the new series' debut, Batman holds tryouts to determine who will be on the team in a series of one-shots called Five of a Kind. Each issue featured a different creative team (including Outsiders creator Mike W. Barr) and an epilogue written by Tony Bedard.

Batman angers several members, who feel he has no right to remove people already on the team. Captain Boomerang leaves the team for Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad, and Nightwing decides to take no part in the Outsiders' questionable activities. Katana is chosen as the team's first official member, joined later by the Martian Manhunter, Metamorpho and Grace. Thunder is kicked off the team; the second Aquaman is rejected because Batman feels he doesn't match up to his predecessor, Orin. Batman then tells the other members, "Whether you like it or not, you're here to save the world. And you're going to be hated for it". After the team's first official mission (in Outsiders #50), Catwoman overheard the other recruits talking about the team being "down by law," and said, "Batman can't possibly start up his own crew of super-crooks without me in it!"

Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 2)[edit | edit source]

The team from Outsiders #50 was featured in the first two issues of Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 2). Afterward, Catwoman and Martian Manhunter left the team and Batgirl, Geo-Force and Green Arrow joined; Thunder consistently appeared in the series as well. In issue #5, Ralph "Elongated Man" and Sue Dibny make a guest appearance. They are now "ghost detectives", and seem able to possess people in a method similar to that of Deadman. Dr. Francine Langstrom (wife of Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a.k.a. Man-Bat) serves as the team's technical advisor, and her assistant Salah Miandad operates the "blank" OMAC drone known as ReMAC. In issue #9, Batman calls on former team member Looker to assist in an interrogation.

The first main storyline of the title involves Batman sending the team to investigate the mysterious Mr. Jardine, who is organizing a convoluted plot to populate a subterranean lake on the moon with alien lifeforms. While trying to stop Jardine's unauthorized space-shot in South America, Metamorpho is blasted into space and is forced to escape from the International Space Station (where seemingly-brainwashed astronauts from around the world are building a giant weapon). Seeking a shuttle to hijack, the rest of the team infiltrates a Chinese space facility (only to be captured by members of the Great Ten). The timely intervention of Batgirl and ReMAC saves the team from execution. Metamorpho steals a shuttle back to Earth, escapes from the European Space Agency and rejoins the team.

During the Batman R.I.P. events, an assembly of the Outsiders (including Thunder) receives a message from the missing Batman. It asks them to feed a secret code into the cybernetic mind of the ReMAC, allowing it to track the caped crusader and the Black Glove organization and help him in his fight. As they comply (against Batgirl's advice), the code reveals itself as a cybernetic booby-trap coming from Simon Hurt (the mastermind behind Batman's downfall) and ReMAC explodes. Several Outsiders are wounded, and Thunder suffers brain injuries severe enough to knock her into a seemingly-irreversible coma. However, her in-costume appearance in the Final Crisis: Submit story contradicts this; the events of that Final Crisis storyline occur after the events in Batman R.I.P., suggesting a continuity error.[13] When Black Lightning rejoins the team after the events of Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, he is shown visiting Thunder (who is still hospitalized in a coma).

Outsiders (vol. 4)[edit | edit source]

As a result of Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis (where Batman apparently died), the series was renamed Outsiders and featured a new team roster. The change occurred when a new creative team took over, with Peter Tomasi writing and Lee Garbett on art duty. Tomasi began with Batman and the Outsiders Special #1, and the retitled series began with issue #15.[14]

One night, after going to the graves of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Alfred awakes in Wayne Manor to a giant door opening in his room. He walks through it, where he sees a pod with a chair inside. He takes a seat, as a hologram of Batman activates. Batman explains that because he has not entered a special code into the Bat Computer (or any of its subsidiaries) for a certain length of time, this recording is playing (meaning he is probably dead). He tells Alfred of a very important mission the latter must undertake on his behalf (since Batman is unable to do so), but gives him a choice to accept or decline. Alfred promptly accepts; Batman explains what Alfred has meant to him throughout his life, saying to him what he did not have a chance to say at his death: "Goodbye, Dad."

With this, Batman charges Alfred to assemble a new team of Outsiders. Alfred travels around the planet, recruiting Roy Raymond Jr., Black Lightning, Geo-Force (leader), Halo, Katana, The Creeper and Metamorpho. As a member of the team, each must become a true "outsider," living away from their families and the public eye for months at a time. Each member fills a role once filled by Batman, making this team a composite. This arc ended with issue #25, and the series ended after 40 issues.

Post–Final Crisis[edit | edit source]

Dan DiDio and Phillip Tan began a new run of Outsiders in January 2010, in which Geo-Force appears to be acting more irrationally since his battle with Deathstroke. Without consulting the rest of the team (or Alfred), Geo-Force enters into a non-aggression pact with New Krypton (offering Markovia as a haven for all Kryptonians). The Eradicator is New Krypton's representative.

Batman Inc. (2011–2013)[edit | edit source]

In the 2011 Batman Inc. series by Grant Morrison, Batman assembles a new team of Outsiders which acts as a black-ops wing of Batman Incorporated. The team consists of Metamorpho, Katana, Looker, Halo and Freight Train, and is led by Red Robin.[15] This incarnation of the team proved short-lived, as all of its members (except Red Robin) were caught in an explosion caused by Lord Death Man in the 2011 Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes one-shot. The survivors were revealed in the first issue of volume two (2012).

In Green Arrow (2013–2016)[edit | edit source]

Beginning with Jeff Lemire's run of Green Arrow (vol. 5) in DC's The New 52 continuity, a new 'Outsiders' was introduced. This is explained as being an ancient secret society dedicated to the elimination of corruption, but which itself has grown corrupt. Its membership is formed from the leaders of various clans centred around totemic weapons: the Mask, the Fist, the Arrow, the Axe, the Spear, the Shield, the Sword. A literal Green Arrow was the totemic weapon of the 'Arrow Clan', but this was destroyed by Green Arrow as part of his symbolic rejection of the group. The Soultaker sword owned by Katana is the Sword Totem, making her the leader of the Sword Clan. The weapon totems supposedly grant immortality and enlightenment on the wielder, but Green Arrow doubts such claims.

The leader of the Arrow Clan was once Robert Queen, Green Arrow's father. With his apparent death, it passed to Komodo (Simon Lacroix), an evil archer. It would later be passed to Shado, Robert Queen's former lover and another master archer. Katana heads the Sword Clan. An unkillable shapeshifter named Magus heads the Mask Clan. A physically intimidating man known as the Butcher leads the Axe Clan. Golgotha, leader of the Spear Clan, for a time led the Outsiders overall. Onyx leads the Fist Clan. The Shield Clan is led by Kodiak, who in addition to his mastery of the shield, wears a terrifying skull mask.

DC Rebirth[edit | edit source]

The original Outsiders are reintroduced in Dark Days: The Forge #1 (2017), a prelude to DC's Dark Nights: Metal crossover, in an expository scene which explains that Batman formed the Outsiders (Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Geo-Force, Katana, and Halo) to investigate a mystery concerning the DC Universe which connect the strangeness of the Multiverse to the amazing properties of metals—like Nth metal, the Court of Owls' resurrection metal, Aquaman's trident, and Doctor Fate's helmet— to metahumans and to mystical lands like Nanda Parbat, Skartaris, Atlantis, and Themiscyra, and much more. He assembled the team to operate outside the knowledge of the government, the Justice League, or the Bat family.[16]

In the "Watchmen" sequel "Doomsday Clock," Geo-Force took advantage of the metahuman arms race in light of "The Superman Theory" and assembled Markovia's version of the Outsiders. The group consists of Baroness Bedlam, Eradicator, Knightfall, Terra, and Wylde.[17]

The Detective Comics arc On the Outside (July 2018) had Batman and Black Lightning come together to defeat a villain known as Karma. In the aftermath of the battle, Batman told Black Lightning that he wanted him to lead a new team of Outsiders consisting of himself, Cassandra Cain, Duke Thomas, and Katana, who had fought as their allies in the fight against Karma. An ongoing comic book featuring this team, titled Batman and the Outsiders, is set to be released in December of 2018.[18]

Collected editions[edit | edit source]

Batman and the Outsiders (1983–1986)[edit | edit source]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Batman & the Outsiders Vol. 1 Batman and the Outsiders #1–13
The Brave and the Bold #200
New Teen Titans #37
February 2017 978-1401268121
Batman & the Outsiders Vol. 2 Batman and the Outsiders #14–23
Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1
February 2018 978-1401277536

Outsiders (vol. 3, 2003–2007)[edit | edit source]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Looking for Trouble Outsiders #1–7 February 2004 978-1401202118
Sum of all Evil Outsiders #8–15 December 2004 978-1401202439
Wanted Outsiders #16–23 November 2005 978-1401204600
Teen Titans/Outsiders: The Insiders Teen Titans #24–26
Outsiders #24–25, 28
January 2006 978-1401209261
Crisis Intervention Outsiders #29–33 April 2006 978-1401209735
The Good Fight Outsiders #34–41 January 2007 978-1401211950
Pay As You Go Outsiders #42–46, Annual #1 July 2007 978-1401213664
Outsiders/Checkmate: CheckOut Checkmate #13-15
Outsiders #47–49
January 2008 vidina 978-1401216238
Five of a Kind Outsiders #50
Outsiders: Five of a Kind #1–5
March 2008 978-1401216726

Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 2) / Outsiders (vol. 4, 2007–2011)[edit | edit source]

Issues #11–14 and #38-40 of Batman and the Outsiders do not appear to be collected.

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
The Chrysalis Batman and the Outsiders #1–5 October 2008 978-1401219314
The Snare Batman and the Outsiders #6–10 February 2009 978-1401221997
The Deep Batman and the Outsiders Special #1
Outsiders #15–20
November 2009 978-1401225025
The Hunt Outsiders #21–25 May 2010 978-1401227166
The Road to Hell Outsiders #26–31 November 2010 978-1401229030
The Great Divide Outsiders #32–37 August 2011 978-1401231613

In other media[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

The assembled Outsiders in the second season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (from left to right: Katana, Halo, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, and Geo-Force).

  • The Outsiders appear in several episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In the first series, they were re-imagined by the show creators as teenage versions of Black Lightning, Katana and Metamorpho (the former two have new outfits). Initially, they appear in "Enter the Outsiders!" as vigilantes gone rogue under the brainwashing control of the Slug, who resembles the evil New God Sleez. With the aid of Batman and Wildcat, they break their conditioning, turn on the Slug, and begin training under Wildcat's tutelage.[19] In the teaser of "Duel of the Double Crossers!" the Outsiders again appear fighting Despero in a simulation created by Batman in the Batcave.[20] In the episode "Inside the Outsiders!," they are kidnapped by Psycho-Pirate, who feeds on their rage by trapping them in nightmares. Batman enters their minds to help them confront their anger and fear and defeat Psycho-Pirate.[21] They appear in the teaser for the episode "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!" (at the time Geo-Force and Halo are added to the roster) and work together with Batman to stop Kobra, his plan of global domination and his cultists. Black Lightning and Katana are now older, and sport their classic attire. Although Batman and the Outsiders defeated Kobra, the Outsiders forgot to blow up the bridge (which would have prevented other Kobra soldiers from arriving).[22]
  • In Beware the Batman, Batman, Katana, and Metamorpho team up in "Monsters" with Metamorpho alluding in the end that they "Outsiders" should stick together. Finally in "Alone", Katana gathers Batman's allies in Gotham including Metamorpho, Oracle and Man-Bat in order to defeat Deathstroke. Alfred also refers to this group as "Outsiders".
  • The Outsiders are alluded to in the Arrow episode "Draw Back Your Bow". Katana refers to herself and Oliver as "Outsiders". In the episode "We Fall", "The Outsiders" is one of the names suggested by Mister Terrific for the new team consisting of himself, Rene Ramirez, and Dinah Drake following their departure from Team Arrow.
  • The Outsiders appear in Young Justice: Outsiders. The series depicts Nightwing's formation and training of a loose team of outcasts and exiles in the aftermath of a mission to shut down metahuman traffickers. The Outsiders in this series are amnesiac oddball Halo, exiled prince Geo-Force, alien escapee Forager, and a distraught Cyborg, supported by veteran superheroes Nightwing, Black Lightning, Superboy, and Tigress. Nightwing's team are not aware that they are one of several compartmentalised superhero team units whose leaders are secretly coordinating, led by Batman and Oracle. Outside of Nightwing's team, classic Outsiders characters Katana and Metamorpho feature prominently in missions alongside Batman.

Film[edit | edit source]

An evil version of the Outsiders named Owlman Faction appears in the animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, as part of the wider Crime Syndicate of America. The team consists of Black Power (Black Lightning), Aurora (Halo), Sai (Katana) and Model Citizen (Looker). The villainous Outsiders are shown working with alternate versions of several Justice League Detroit members, following the death of Martian Manhunter's evil counterpart J'edd J'arkus.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tomasi, Peter (w). Batman and the Outsiders Special 1 (Feb. 2009), DC Comics
  2. Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Despite being the final issue of this particular series, the book wasn't closed on Batman's team-ups. Although Batman was through working with partners, it was time to think bigger, and in a special sixteen-page preview insert written by Barr and with art by Jim Aparo, the Outsiders debuted. A super-hero team of Batman's own creation, the Outsiders would soon star alongside Batman in the new monthly series Batman and the Outsiders." 
  3. Greenberger, Robert (2008). "Fearsome Five". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 120. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5. OCLC 213309017. 
  4. Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 215: "[The Outsiders] saw the popular team given the enhanced quality of a Baxter-format series...written by Mike W. Barr and drawn by Jim Aparo."
  5. Englehart, Steve (w). "The Arrival" Millennium 1: 22/3 (Jan. 1988), DC Comics
  6. Barr, Mike W. (w), Larsen, Erik (a). "Robot Tyrants of Kadeyland" The Outsiders 27: 6/6 (Jan. 1988), DC Comics
  7. Barr, Mike W. (w), Larsen, Erik (a). "Robot Tyrants of Kadeyland" The Outsiders 27: 24 (Jan. 1988), DC Comics
  8. Barr, Mike W. (w), Larsen, Erik (p), Farmer, Mark (i). "...A Land Down Under..." The Outsiders 28: 23-24 (Feb. 1988), DC Comics
  9. 9.0 9.1 Barr, Mike W. (w), Larsen, Erik (p), Farmer, Mark (i). "...A Land Down Under..." The Outsiders 28 (Feb. 1988), DC Comics
  10. Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 261: "The Outsiders made their return in a new series courtesy of writer Mike W. Barr and artist Paul Pelletier."
  11. Chuck Dixon named as new "Batman and the Outsiders" writer Script error: No such module "webarchive"., Newsarama, November 16, 2007
  12. Dixon shakes up "Outsiders" right off the bat, Comic Book Resources, November 13, 2007
  13. Morrison, Grant (w). Final Crisis: Submit (Oct. 2008), DC Comics
  14. Life without Batman: Peter Tomasi talks the Outsiders, Newsarama, December 16, 2008
  15. Batman Inc. #6 (May 2011)
  16. Dark Days: The Forge 1 ({{{date}}}), DC Comics
  17. Doomsday Clock #5 (May 2018). DC Comics.
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