Bryan Edward Hill’s run on Detective Comics has won him no small amount of critical praise (including from ’round these parts here), and that success has led to what we’ve suspected for some time now: he’s getting to relaunch The Outsiders, a team that hasn’t had their own series in years.
Hill will be joined by Dexter Soy on art for Baman and the Outsiders in December, a team book that keeps Batman working with Black Lightning, Orphan, the Signal, and Katana. “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.”
Hill, who broke out in comics in the pages of Top Cow’s Postal, also has a new book coming as part of Vertigo’s relaunch. American Carnage is the story of a half-black, half-white FBI agent who goes undercover passing as a white man to infiltrate a white supremacist militia. The first issue was distributed at San Diego Comic Con, and has been getting rave reviews. He’s also the writer behind The Wild Storm: Michael Cray, the corner of the Warren Ellis-helmed Wildstorm reboot that has Hill’s title character murdering assorted DCU analogues.
Batman and the Outsiders first showed up in 1983 from comic legends Mike Barr and Jim Aparo. Black Lightning, Batman, and Katana were on the original team, along with Metamorpho, Geo-Force, and Halo. The book originally grew out of a dispute between Batman and the Justice League, leading to him creating his own team to tackle threats the League was uninterested in. This current incarnation was teased in the closing pages of Justice League: No Justice as a group that rather than tackling issues the League couldn’t or wouldn’t, will be going after the threats that the League shouldn’t. That’s pretty great.
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