The Outsiders have long been one of my favorite under-rated teams in comics. For those who are unfamiliar with the team, a good chunk of the original Batman & The Outsiders comic run is available on DC Universe. That’s why this growing trend of Outsiders and Outsiders-related characters showing me up has been super exciting.
Last week’s Titans introduced the Nuclear Family to a wider audience. This team of villains is mostly associated with Outsiders, with the bulk of the issues they appear in being in Outsiders comics. Though Titans may have taken some creative liberties with them, it was exciting to see them nonetheless.
This week’s episode of Black Lightning introduced Dr. Jace, a character that, to my knowledge, first appeared in Batman & the Outsiders. She is a long time ally that is responsible for Geo-Force’s & Terra’s powers, among many other useful additions to the team. It was super exciting to see her show up on Black Lightning, as he is one of the founding members of the Outsiders. It’s too early to tell how accurate to the comics she will be, but it’s a nice easter egg nonetheless.
The most obvious example is the upcoming season 3 of Young Justice that has the title of Young Justice: Outsiders. Thankfully, it does not appear to be just a reference in title alone. The trailers and brief clips have shown Geo-Force and the nation of Markovia, a country that is crucial to the Outsiders becoming a team.
Thanks to appearances on Arrow and the Suicide Squad movie, Katana’s star has been steadily rising. She got her own comic mini-series and has been a member of the Suicide Squad since the start of Rebirth. She would also appear in a story arc of Detective Comics that will be mentioned more below.
Also appearing in the Detective Comics arc is Black Lightning, where he teams up with Batman once again. At first it just seemed like a fun reference to their history together. This story proved to be setup to an announced Batman & the Outsiders ongoing comic, written by the same author. set for release in December. This is the first time that the Outsiders have had their own book since before the New 52.
I guess this is just a rambling post showing my excitement for some under-loved characters getting some well deserved love. Are there any other references that I have missed? Is anyone else as excited as I am?