For a guy who doesn't seem to play well with others, Batman sure does have a lot of super friends. In addition to his Bat Family team patrolling Gotham City and the big guns of the Justice League, the Dark Knight is set to lead an Outsiders team later this year. DC Comics has confirmed that writer Bryan Edward Hill and artist Dexter Soy are working on a new book, Batman and the Outsiders, which will launch in December.
The lineup will include Black Lighting, Katana, The Signal, and Orphan (aka Cassandra Cain), the same group of heroes featured in Hill's arc on Detective Comics, which concluded Wednesday with Issue No. 987.
“All I’ll say is, it is a team book with Batman in it, but the safety is off,” Hill told the Washington Post. “Hopefully it will be surprising and thrilling in ways that I don’t think people will quite expect. I’m becoming known a bit for a certain kind of intensity in my work, and I think this Outsiders project will also continue on in that pathway.”
DC's official Twitter account confirmed the news, and senior editor Chris Conroy tweeted that the series will debut in December. Cover art by Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto (pictured above) was also released to promote the book. And Soy already suggested a possible future crossover on Twitter, writing, "Batman and the Outsiders vs Red Hood and the Outlaws... that sounds [like] a cool idea!"
This is not the first time Batman has worked with an Outsiders team. The squad made its first appearance in 1983 in the final issue of the original Brave and the Bold comic. Black Lighting and Katana are holdover members of that crew, and have been featured in several other incarnations of the team. A version of the group also appeared in several episodes of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The Outsiders typically work off the grid and outside political constraints, taking on complicated missions that are beyond the Justice League's jurisdiction. It's not yet clear how (or where) this new version will operate.