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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

All Hands On Deck

So we know that starting August the Outsiders are going to go through some changes. We have a new writer and a new team. That’s right Batman is back and he’s shaking things up. The Dark Knight is implementing these changes by conducting a month long series of try-outs. Here is a list of the one-shots that we’ll be seeing:

August 1 – Nightwing and Boomerang
August 8 – Katana and Shazam
August 15 – Thunder and Martian Manhunter
August 22 – Metamorpho and Aquaman (the new one)
August 29 – Grave and Wonder Woman

Based on the outcomes of these trials, we’ll have a tougher, stronger group of Outsiders. I, for one, am all for it. The series has been stagnant for a while; in fact it took a crossover with Checkmate to make me pick up the title again. So change away.

Well, with yesterday’s reveal of the Outsiders #50 cover, we have an idea of who makes the grade. It’s an interesting lineup to say the least. Here is the picture (I added the numbers obviously.)

Arms 4 (Grace), 5 (Thunder), and 7 (Katana) reveal no surprises. The Outsiders are still kind of a B-list team, despite previous rosters, and there is no way Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, or Shazam would stick around. I see their one-shots as more a training for the characters who are going to stay.

Arms 1 (Aquaman) and 2 (Metamorpho) reveal that at the end of their one-shot both heroes will be jumping on the Outsiders train. I’m pretty stoked with this. I have no problem with the new Arthur Curry, as long as he isn’t the only Arthur Curry out there. Perhaps, his shift to this book will allow the original back into the regular monthly and, hopefully, back onto the Justice League. Do you hear me Mr. McDuffie?

Now Arm 6 (Boomerang) is a big one. With Boomer present, it means that Nightwing is out. Again, we shouldn’t be surprised. Dick Grayson has had such a hard time finding his footing since the One Year Later jump, it might be nice to allow him a break so he can regroup. Also, let’s not forget that he was supposed to bite it in Infinite Crisis so his leaving could suggest a more prominent role in the events of Countdown. I look forward to the conversation where Batman kicks him out, though. Or maybe he does get the vote but leaves willingly, since his role as leader has led him to make darker decisions than he's wanted to.

Arm 3 is the big mystery. I can only think of one pink-armed character in the DCU: Parasite. As we last saw him frozen with one appendage removed, I am interested in seeing how the writers pull this off. Although, his going “good” does point more towards Arion’s possible future from the “Camelot Falls” storyline in Superman. I kind of wish the arm was green and it would be Frankenstein joining the team. That would be super sweet.

Finally, we come to Arm 8. Batman’s fist of power brings everything together with a crack of lightning. Hey, maybe Shazam does join.

I'll be picking up at least the first arc. What about you guys and gals?


Blogger Christopher said...

Arm 1 is Shazam

10:47 AM

Blogger Christopher said...

I'll guess that arm #3 is Shift..that part of metamorpho that split off him? Its still there..just incorporated and probably easily separated...

10:50 AM

Blogger BIG MIKE said...

You know what would be an awesome outsiders team? Black Lightning, Vixen, Red Arrow, Geo-Force... oh... nevermind...

11:46 AM

Blogger Jon Hex said...

Shazam's costume is all white and the sleeves don't pull up.
Apparently Boomerang is going to the Suicide Squad, so he wouldn't still be in the Outsiders.
That pink arm, I can't even guess at. Unless it's a new character, or a Clayface.

7:00 PM

Blogger Josh-2 said...

Long-time reader, first-time commenter...

While I dislike more recent Outsiders members like Grace and Thunder I think this is shaping up to be the strongest line-up in years. The addition of the new Aquaman is exciting, since he's never been portrayed as a terribly dark character... maybe the team is heading in a lighter direction?

As for the pink arm? Parasite would certainly be an interesting choice. How about Flamebird?

8:45 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

look at the new Trials of Shazam and what "Captain Marvel Jr." is wearing. Freddie was also a member of the outsiders for awhile.

The Boomerang in the Suicide Squad looks like Digger not his son.

10:39 AM

Blogger Jon Hex said...

Billy Batson is the one in the Outsiders team-up books, not Freddie.

5:01 PM

Blogger Jon Hex said...

Now that I see the enlarged image, that would be Boomer's arm. #3 looks like someone with a purple suit, but I can't think of anyone, though.

5:08 PM

Anonymous Jake said...

When I saw it, I thought Arm #6 was the Martian Manhunter, as his hideous Skrull makeover does give him an outfit with blue-covered arms now

11:51 PM


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