Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Outsiders

The Outsiders is a fictional DC Comics superhero team. As its name suggests, the team consists of superheroes who allegedly do not fit the norms of the mainstream superhero community, namely the Justice League.

They have had three different incarnations over the years. They were founded by Batman, whose ties to the League had become strained. In its most recent formation, the group's leadership was relinquished by Nightwing to Batman, who recruited former members as well as new additions. He has stated his intent to use the team as a black ops version of the Justice League, able to take the proverbial "fall" in public opinion where the League cannot. After Batman's apparent death in Final Crisis, he posthumously charged Alfred Pennyworth with recruiting a new team of Outsiders for a forthcoming mission of "great importance."

The Outsiders first appeared in a special insert in the final issue (#200) of The Brave and the Bold in 1983. 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, and then later illustrated by Alan Davis.

After Batman left the group in issue #32, the title was changed to Adventures of the Outsiders and continued 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, 1986).

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 a former Leaguer, Batman.

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