Assembled by The Batman to fight the battles that the Justice League could not, The Outsiders were the super-team that Gotham deserved. After spending a year trapped under a dome, what has happened to our heroes? Your Major Spoilers review of Convergence: Batman And The Outsiders #1 awaits!
DC’s executive editor Dan DiDio came out the other day to announce that he would be the new regular writer of The Outsiders beginning in January, and he’s bringing Philip Tan with him to do the art. â€œThis is an exciting time for me both personally and professionally.Â I have been a fan of The Outsiders since their inception and with Pete Tomasi moving on to some very exciting projects in 2010, I have been afforded the opportunity to work with some of my favorite characters. Most importantly, this also gives me the chance to work with the immensely talented
Riddle me this:Â When is Batman and the Outsiders not Batman and the Outsiders? The answer of course Dear Reader, is when the issue features neither Batman nor the Outsiders.Â But there in lies the juicy bits of the issue.Â With the â€œdeathâ€ of Batman, there has been chaos throughout Gotham City.Â And while there are those that are scrambling to fill in the void, there are few who are willing to step up with a new plan.Â Someone like Batmanâ€™s daughter. Wha?
The issue features neither Batman nor the Outsiders A strange thing happens when a single character dips his finger into multiple titles.Â Take Batman, for example.Â He appears, or appeared if you want to be more specific, in Batman, Detective Comics, JLA, Batman and the Outsiders, Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, Trinity, Final Crisis, Superman/Batman, and various other appearances and guest spots in the rest of the DC universe.Â When some brainiac decides it would be a great idea to kill Batman (figuratively or literally, we donâ€™t know yet) it causes nothing but problems in the rest of the titles.Â Batman and
Or – “Some Call It The Larry Lieber Syndrome…” Being the resident Major Spoilers comic historian, I can usually find some sort of precedent for most of what happens in comics.Â This issue, indeed, this whole TITLE, reminds me of the 1970’s Atlas line of comics, founded by former Marvel publisher Martin Goodman to put his former company out of business.Â He hired away many of Marvel’s freelancers, including Stan Lee’s brother Larry Lieber, and started a new line of comics whose characters and situation seemed vaguely familiar…Â Most of the titles started out interestingly, but Goodman, desperate to put
Even before the first issue of Batman and the Outsiders #1 hits the stands, DC has announced a new creative team of Chuck Dixon and Julian Lopez. Not only is the original cover (right) getting ditched in favor of two new ones by Doug Braithwaite and Ryan Sook, but the original writing team of Tony Bedard and Koi Turnbull have been given the heave ho too. But wait, there are even more changes in store for the Dark Knight and his covert underground strike force.
Or – “Thank Whatever Supreme Being There Is This Series Isn’t Weekly Anymore…” So. Batman has chosen his team, leaning heavily on experienced and powerful heroes, the ones with the most seasoning, but also those who have worked with him previously. Katana, the Martian Manhunter, Metamorpho and Grace have jumped through his hoops, but Grace and I think that he made at least one mistake in his selection process, and she’s more likely than I am to twist off his World’s Greatest Detective Limbs and beat him about his pointy-cowled head. Batman may be a smart man, but I’m seriously
Or – “How Come Diana Gets Top Billing?” After all, every OTHER time we’ve had a new guy involved, the actual current Outsider’s name came first. Even alphabetically, I’d expect Grace to come first. Still, putting the title under Wonder Woman, when it’s an Amazons Attack crossover (even if the cover says ‘Countdown’) probably makes more sense, and for all my affection for Grace, I’ve never though that her superhero codename was the best. This issue confuses me even more regarding timelines, crossing over with the tail-end of A.A., yet taking place after the formation of the new Justice League,
Or – “I May Be Nothin’ To You, But I Am A King Beneath The Sea…” “Let’s see you get by underwater, as well as I do on the ground. I am AQUAMAN! Ya better not mess around.” Those prophetic words come courtesy of my third favorite band in all the world, Ookla The Mok, introduced to me by my friend Bruce of Otter Disaster infamy. So far in the New Outsider Order, we’ve seen the big bad Bat send a promising super-speedster back to an underground life that will probably lead to a villain career or death, we’ve seen
Or – “Two Of My Favorite Super-Heroes Together… So Obviously One Is Getting Fired.” I was initially very skeptical about Thunder as a character. Black Lightning’s creator, Tony Isabella, has stated numerous times that retconning in a daughter that we never heard of makes Lightning look like a deadbeat dad, at best, and a heartless jerk at worst, and that Jefferson would never have let his child grow up without being an active force in her life, and I agree. But the execution of the character has grown on me; with Anissa initially less-than-thrilled to be a superhero but eventually
Or – “I’m Still At A Loss As To How This Is Any Sort Of Competition…” I mean, honestly, Katana is a former Outsider, she’s worked with Batman before, she’s got the smarts and battle skills, and, oh yeah… SHAZAM CAN’T LEAVE THE ROCK OF ETERNITY! After the first head-to-head came out with no winner at all, I’m sort of wondering if I’ve misunderstood the concept of this miniseries within a series. The way I read the Previews, it seemed like each issue was going to be a competition to see who works better within Batman’s proposed team structure, but
DC Comics has provided two sneak previews of upcoming titles to Major Spoilers. Take the jump for Midnighter: Armageddon, and The Authority: Prime, which ship in October, and Outsiders: Five of a Kind: Week 3: Thunder/Martian Manhunter #3 that arrives in stores today.
Or – “Is That Really Going To Be His Hero Designation?” Ever since Owen Mercer joined the Outsiders during the One-Year-Later gap, I’ve been jokingly referring to him as Captain Boomerang, Junior. The reasons for this are twofold: first, there’s a proud tradition of calling a younger version of a hero by the Junior name (Captain Marvel, Jr. is the obvious one, but back in the day there was also Captain Battle, Jr. as well as Batman Junior and Superman Junior, the Super-Sons) and secondly, it’s a terrible, horrible, awful, really bad super-hero name. Worse than Bobo… Worse than Hard