Retrospective: Batman and the Outsiders Vol.1 & Outsiders Vol. 1

Batman and the Outsiders remains one of my favorite titles from the Bronze Age. I loved it when it started and bought it through all of its various subsequent incarnations. My particular favorite period was when Alan Davis was on art — that era solidified Kobra as a major baddie in my eyes.


I’ve been meaning to write this up for a while, but I’ve just been so busy that I’m only now getting around to it! A couple weeks back, I finished the original run of Outsiders. That includes Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 1, Adventures of the Outsiders (a continuation of BatO vol 1 sans Batman), and Outsiders Vol. 1 (a deluxe format monthly that ran concurrently with the conclusion of BatO post-Crisis, taking place one year after).


Outsiders was a title with peaks and valleys in its relatively brief run. By the time it was cancelled, it’s hard to not look at it as a mercy killing. I won’t say that Looker’s arrival ruined the Outsiders, but many of its best stories predate her addition to the team. After Jim Aparo left the original title, Mike Barr’s writing was still on enough to deliver some great stories, but by the…

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