Outsiders (DC Comics)
Batman and the Outsiders, Adventures of the Outsiders, The Outsiders
|Creator:||Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo|
|Date(s):||1983 - present|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
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The Outsiders were first introduced in The Brave and the Bold #200 (July 1983).
The Outsiders has had a number of different incarnations. They were founded by Batman, whose ties to the Justice League had become strained, and introduced the classic line-up of Batman, Black Lightning, 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.
Another version of the team with a familiar lineup briefly featured in Batman Incorporated in 2011 as the black ops section of Batman's organization. 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.