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80's Giffen JLI Batman ruled, tho.Erick Von Erich wrote:Batman & The Outsiders #32
Since returning from Abyssia, Batman's been running the Outsiders, non-stop, to take out Morgan Jones' gang. After two days of fighting, they finally are able to break radio silence...and Geo-Force is pissed when he finds out Markovia's been invaded (this time by Baron Bedlam and the Masters of Disaster). Dr. Jace; the Markovian scientist who only appears when the plot needs her; delivers the news.
A big argument breaks out. Batman insists that, due to their absence in Abyssia, several Gotham PD officers were killed by Jones' gang. He even shows the all-important NEWSPAPER to illustrate the point. Batman knew about Markovia's invasion, but kept it hidden from the team for 2 days. They all voice their opinions that whatever they do is not good enough for Batman. Almost out of spite, Batman dissolves the team and has a little smirk when Halo protests. Then he gets pissed when it's apparent that they'll all stay together and help Geo-Force in Markovia. Batman says: "fine. Leave me. Dick did and I suppose Jason will too, someday. Soldiers change, but my war goes on". What a prick.
Back-up story is about Looker flaunting her new "model" image in public. She gives herself the new name of "Lia". She's very unstable, seems more like a villain now and has done absolutely NOTHING heroic.
This title becomes "Adventures of the Outsiders" with issue 33. It's actually a reprint of "Outsiders #1", which was released awhile back. In short, you can continue on with "Adventures" for a few more issues, or just jump right over to "Outsiders #1".
I think Batman comes back to help the team and bury the hatchet in about 10 or 12 issues' time. I'm not 100% sure on the dates, but I think for awhile he was in the Outsiders AND the new Justice League, at the same time. I haven't seen a "Legends" crossover on any Outsiders books, yet; which would be a good timeline indicator.
So...overall? This title sucks. It sounds cool on paper: Batman runs his own super-team, his way! Black Lightning! Metamorpho! 3 new characters! Suck it, JLA! Great formula, but poor results. Mainly because Batman seems like an absolute jerk and know-it-all the whole time. Very inconsistent with where they were going with him. Like I said, they really didn't define Batman and reel him in until the late 80's. 90's Batman is pretty cool. 80's Batman sucks.