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And A Butler Shall Lead Them--The Outsiders Thread
I wasn't sure whether to post this in the Bat-thread, but the new Outsiders seemed to merit its own thread, especially since Peter Tomasi has taken over.
I've been a fan of the team since Mike W. Barr created it way back in the alleged day, but lost interest when Judd Winick just seemed to be speed writing the scripts. I was very excited when Peter Tomasi (who is doing a superb job on Green Lantern Corps )took over the book, and so far, he has not let me down.
So who the Outsiders?
Quickly put, they are Batman's own super-team. Realizing that his fight on crime could not be limited to just Gotham, he put together the Outsiders to realize crime-fighting on a global level. This is a team he's in control of, unlike the Justice League. With each member of the team reflecting a part of himself, the Outsiders are an extension of Batman himself.
But now with Batman 'gone', the leadership of the team has fallen to Alfred. (This was part of Batman's contingency plan, should anything happen to him--like, y'know, being sent back in time). While the team has had several members, the current team hearkens back to the first membership, seen first in Brave and The Bold #200 (1983)
The current team now includes:
4. Black Lightning
The new book, under Tomasi, has more of a Suicide Squad feel to the book than I think we've ever had before, with Alfred telling the members that to be part of the Outsiders means leaving all of their loved ones and lives behind for months at a time, as they undertake a campaign against an enemy the Outsiders have been unknowingly fighting for years.