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Series Index: Outsiders v1




Outsiders #1 [2003] to Outsiders #50 [2007]

In 2003, both Titans and Young Justice came to an end. Seeking to revive the concept of Teen Titans once again, DC decided to graduate the Young Justice characters to Teen Titans status, while some of the former Titans would find a new direction as members of the edgy, more grown up Outsiders. As a bridge between series, the changes began with Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day, a three-issue mini-series written by Judd Winick and drawn by Alé Garza.  Both the Titans and Young Justice united against a common foe: a mysterious and dangerous android from the future. The battle would lead to the deaths of both Omen and Troia – causing both teams to call it quits. This mini-series then led directly into two new series: Teen Titans and Outsiders, both launched in 2003.

Outsiders featured the creative team of writer Judd Winick and artist Tom Raney. Arsenal assembled a new team of heroes and persuaded the reluctant Nightwing to join the team as well. Joined by the reformatted Indigo, Metamorpho, Jade and new heroes Thunder and Grace, the team vowed to proactively hunt down villains before they could strike. Nightwing dubbed this new team of heroes The Outsiders, in honor of his mentor’s former team.

Tom Raney left the series with Outsiders #15 as his last.

After several missions, Nightwing’s leadership began to falter, leading to a heated confrontation with Arsenal. Sensing a team in turmoil, Jade assumed leadership of the Outsiders and invited Starfire to join. It all happened in Outsiders #16. Tensions threatened to tear the team apart when Nightwing discovered that Batman was secretly funding the team. Adding to that, Arsenal learned the informant who he believed to be Batman was actually Deathstroke in disguise – leading to a violent confrontation in Outsiders #21-22.

The second year closed in a crossover with the Ten Titans. In “Insiders” (Teen Titans #24-25, Outsiders #24-25), both teams faced betrayal from within. Superboy – mind-controlled by Lex Luthor – savagely attacked his friends while the Outsiders’ Indigo was revealed as Brainiac 8. Seeking to bolster their ranks after Indigo’s betrayal, Jade recruited Captain Marvel Jr.

Next the Outsiders faced the looming threat of the Infinite Crisis, which would change the team dramatically. Donna Troy recruited Starfire and Jade for a space mission in Outsiders #31, which would ultimately leave her stranded in space for a year. Jade fared even worse, as she gave her life for Kyle Rayner in Rann/Thanagar War: Infinite Crisis Special.

With DC’s company-wide “One Year Later” event, all the characters’ histories resumed “one year later” between a single issue in March of 2006. With Outsiders #34, a year had passed since the Crisis and a new team of Outsiders was introduced to readers. With most of the team presumed dead, Nightwing led a team of Grace, Thunder, Metamorpho, Katana and the surprisingly-reformed Captain Boomerang. Taking a more global stance, the Outsiders vowed to uphold justice in secret. Their cover was later blown by Dr. Sivana in Outsiders #43.

Following the events of Outsiders #49, founding member Batman once again took the reins of the Outsiders team to reinvent the group. A weekly series of Outsiders “Five of a Kind” one-shots shaped the new team’s identity, which included new members and a renewed purpose under Batman’s leadership. With Nightwing now gone, the title ended and was relaunched with Batman and the Outsiders (second series) #1 in 2007.


Series Index:
Outsiders #1-50
Outsiders Annual #1

Specials & Mini-Series:
Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files 2003
Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files 2005
Outsiders: Five Of A Kind – Week 1: Nightwing/Boomerang
Outsiders: Five Of A Kind – Week 2: Katana/Shazam
Outsiders: Five Of A Kind – Week 3: Thunder/Martian Manhunter
Outsiders: Five Of A Kind – Week 4: Metamorpho/Aquaman
Outsiders: Five Of A Kind – Week 5: Grace/Wonder Woman

Crossover Index:
Checkmate #13-15: “CheckOut” Crossover with Outsiders #47-49
Graduation Day #1-3
Green Arrow #50
Teen Titans #24-25: “Insiders” Crossover
Rann/Thanagar War: Infinite Crisis Special
Supergirl #3, 11

52: Week 1-52
Countdown #51-0
Infinite Crisis #1-7

Key Issues and Storylines:
Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files #1, Outsiders #1: New Outsiders form. First appearances of Grace Choi and Thunder.
Outsiders #7: Origin of Shift.
Outsiders #11: Arsenal recovers from a near-fatal gunshot.
Outsiders #12-15: “Five By Five” Fearsome Five returns with Psimon, Gizmo, Jinx, Mammoth and a reborn Shimmer.
Outsiders #16: Nightwing and Arsenal have a knockdown fight; Jade assumes leadership; Starfire joins.
Outsiders #21-22: Nightwing confronts Batman about secretly funding the team; Arsenal learns the informant he believed to be Batman was actually Deathstroke in disguise, manipulating him.
Outsiders #24-25, Teen Titans #24-25: “Insiders” – Luthor controls Superboy to attack his friends; Indigo betrays the Outsiders. Death of Indigo.
Rann/Thanagar War: Infinite Crisis Special: Donna Troy must lead her team of space champions into the cosmos in an attempt to prevent total destruction. But as the war rages on, Jade dies. Death of Jade.
Outsiders #31: Donna Troy drafts Starfire and Shift for a team headed into space to confront a crisis.
Outsiders #32: Starfire vs. Blackfire in deep space – while the rest of the team goes after the villainous Society on Earth.
Outsiders #34 [2006]: It’s “One Year Later.” The Outsiders are operating in secret while the world believes they are dead. Metamorpho, Katana and Captain Boomerang revealed to have joined the Outsiders.
Outsiders Annual #1: The events leading up to “One Year Later” revealed.
Outsiders #49-50: Batman takes control of the Outsiders and forges a new team.

Notable Creative Runs:
Judd Winick , Writer: Outsiders #1-50
Tom Raney, Artist: Outsiders #1-15
Matthew Clark, Artist: Outsiders #28-50


 


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