After dancing around questions about it on Twitter for months, writer Bryan Hill has confirmed, in a newly-published Washington Post interview, that a new Batman & The Outsiders series is coming soon from DC. The series, written by Hill and featuring art by Dexter Soy, will spin out of “On The Outside,” Hill’s fill-in arc on Detective Comics, the final issue of which is in stores today. The new team will include past Outsiders Batman, Black Lightning, and Katana, as well as new members Orphan (Cassandra Cain) and The Signal.
Batman & The Outsiders were originally introduced in 1983 as a team formed by Batman to take on missions that the Justice League was unwilling or unable to tackle. The team has existed off-and-on in one form or another ever since, both with and without the Dark Knight in the lead. A return for the classic team was most recently teased in the pages of Dark Days: The Forge, and Hill’s Detective storyline has reunited Batman with former teammates Black Lightning and Katana.
Release details and story info are still forthcoming from DC. In the Post interview, Hill had this to say about the title:
“All I’ll say is, it is a team book with Batman in it, but the safety is off,” Hill said. “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.”
Check out the full preview image for the new series below. The full interview with Hill, in which he discusses topics like representation and his forthcoming Vertigo series, American Carnage, is also definitely worth reading.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.