By Philip Schweier
August 22, 2018 - 05:42
With Black Lightning and references to Markovia, I’d anticipated the return of the original Outsiders. I believe more than ever this story will lead to that, but I’ve had to accept a hard truth. Whatever the Outsiders were ended, pre-Crisis. And DC’s New 52 initiative has become the threshold for another generational shift. The entire DCU has been rebirthed, including the Outsiders, so forget what you think you know.
I wouldn’t mind so much if DC wasn’t so willing to completely discard its history, usually by applying revisionist history. The odd ret-con, sure, I can handle it if it makes sense. But sometimes DC Editorial will simply declare, “It’s always been this way,” when long-time fans know better.
So maybe Batman handing his team over to Black Lightning is a good thing, as it may bring the Caped Crusader back to his roots. The Outsiders has always been a haven for the homeless, the DC heroes who would otherwise be an answer to a Bronze Age trivia question. And if it breathes new life into them and leads to yet another CW show, well, it’s not as if I am required to watch.